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Faculty Retiring: Dr. Campbell

Bruce Campbell, MD graduated from Rush Medical College in 1980, trained at MCW and MD Anderson, and then joined the faculty in 1987 when he became MCW's first fellowship-trained head and neck surgeon. His MCW otolaryngology career spanned 42 years, from his first rotation as a resident in July 1980 until his final clinics and surgical procedures in June 2022.

In addition to Dr. Campbell’s continuous clinical presence over the years, he was appointed to over 100 community, hospital, and medical school committees and task forces. He served as interim division chief (when the Division of Otolaryngology was part of the Department of Surgery), principal investigator on an NIH R01 grant, residency program director, interim MCW Cancer Center Director, and President of the MCW Faculty. 

Awards and honors along the way included the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (2010), Alpha Omega Alpha (2010), the Medical College Physicians Lee A. Biblo, MD Excellence in Professionalism Award (2014), induction into the MCW Society of Teaching Scholars (2016), the AAO-HNS/F Distinguished Humanitarian Award (2017), the MCW Distinguished Service Award (2018), and being invited to give the 15th Annual MCW Medical Humanities Lecture (2021). Dr. Campbell is proud that he won the department Faculty Teaching Award in 2000, 2008, and 2021. 

Based on his work teaching narrative techniques to medical students and residents, he received a secondary appointment in the MCW Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities in 2011. In 2019, he became the first MCW faculty member to complete a certificate in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. 

In 2017, Dr. Campbell joined the Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education, where he served on the Faculty Pillar and as the editor-in-chief of the Transformational Times newsletter. 

In 2021, he published his book, A Fullness of Uncertain Significance: Stories of Surgery, Clarity, & Grace, and co-edited a collection of essays for the Kern Institute entitled, Character and Caring: A Pandemic Year in Medical Education.   

Dr. Campbell is grateful to have worked with 135 otolaryngology residents over the course of his career, and is especially proud of his son, David, who graduated from the program in 2021. 

His retirement plans include spending time Up North, traveling with his wife of 42 years, Kathi, visiting his four children, and playing with his expanding cadre of grandchildren. He hopes to raise enough money to establish a Professorship in Narrative Medicine at MCW. Finally, he will serve as the founding editor-in-chief of the Kern Institute Press, a publishing house that will produce books focusing on innovations in medical education. 

Dr. Campbell had a rewarding, fulfilling journey! He thanks each of the colleagues, residents, staff, and students who have been along for the ride, and he hopes to keep in touch. His retirement email: brucecampbell310@gmail.com.

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Bruce H. Campbell, MD, FACS

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