DR. DEREK BRUCE
REMARKABLE SURGEON AND GREAT FRIEND TO WORLDCF
It’s hard to imagine the WorldCF without the exemplary work and constant support of pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Bruce, who is one of the foundation’s five medical directors and who also serves on our board of directors. Semi-retired now, Dr. Bruce travels the world on behalf of the foundation, performing surgeries, teaching young surgeons, and always deeply affecting the lives of the children, families, and medical professionals he encounters.
He was born in Falkirk in Scotland and received his medical schooling at the University of Edinburgh. In 1967, he moved to Baltimore where he did an internship and six months of medical residency, followed by a year of surgical residency at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania, where he became a professor of neurosurgery.
In 1986, Dr. Bruce moved to Dallas where he joined Dr. Salyer’s team at the newly established International Craniofacial Institute and Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment Center, and where he also became a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Health Sciences Center and the chief of pediatric neurosurgery at North Texas Children’s Hospital at Medical City Dallas. He has written extensively on the various facets of pediatric neurosurgery, with over 250 publications in journals and books, and has been a pioneer in the development of pediatric skull base surgery and craniofacial reconstructive surgery.
Since 2003, Dr. Bruce has been clinical professor of neurosurgery and pediatrics at George Washington Medical School and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC in addition to his work helping us establish craniofacial centers of excellence in developing countries around the world.
Dr. Bruce is an avid skier, and he and his wife Frances live in rural Pennsylvania. His gentle manner, quick wit, and a certain Scottish practicality are always with him—even if his accent has become rather American over the years—and we at the WorldCF count ourselves blessed to have him on our team!