Bruce E. Spivey, MD, MS, MEd was born in 1934, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Bruce received his BA from Coe College in 1956 and his MD from the University of Iowa, College of Medicine in 1959. He did a rotating internship at the Highland-Alameda County Hospital in Oakland, CA. in 1960 and completed his residency training at the University Hospitals in Iowa in 1964. He received a Masters Degree in Ophthalmic Science in 1964 at the University of Iowa, a Masters Degree in Medical Education at the University of Illinois in 1969 and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Coe College in 1978.
Dr. Spivey served in the Army from 1964-66, including one year as Chief of Ophthalmology of the 85th Evacuation Hospital in Qui Nhon, South Vietnam where he received the Bronze Star. From 1966-71 he was Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology. In 1971-76 he was Dean of the School of Medical Sciences, Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center at the University of Pacific in Stockton and San Francisco, CA. From 1971-87 he was Chairman and Professor in the Ophthalmology Department and Director of Medical Education at the Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center which is now California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), located in San Francisco.
In 1976 he became President of the Board of Trustees of CPMC and held that position until 1991. During the years of 1986-92 he became President and CEO of the California Healthcare System, in San Francisco. In 1976 he became the founding CEO and Executive Vice President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), where he served for 17 years until 1992. In late 1992 until 1997, he was the President and CEO of Northwestern Healthcare Network in Chicago and Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology of Northwestern University. In 1997-2002 he became the President and CEO of Columbia Cornell Care and Network Physicians in New York. In 1998 until 2002 he was a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology for Columbia and Cornell Medical Schools. In 1994 he became the Secretary General of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) and in 2006 he was elected President, serving eight years until 2014. Dr. Spivey’s main fields of interest are Health Profession Education, Health Care Management, International Medical Care, Educational Exchange and Strabismus.
Dr. Spivey served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology from 1974-1978. He served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Ophthalmology from 1978-92.
He has been a member of the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS) since 1976, serving as a member of their Council from 1986-91, and as Chair in 1990-91. He received the Howe Medal in 1993, and was President of the AOS in 1994-95. From 1978-82 he was Secretary General of the International Congress of Ophthalmology, in San Francisco. He was President of the American Board of Medical Specialties in 1980-82 and a member for the Society of Medical Administrators (President from 1999-2001). He was a member of the National Eye Advisory Council of the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland from 1987-92. From 1985-94 he was Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the International Council of Ophthalmology.
Beginning in 1977, he was on the Board of Directors for the Ophthalmic Publishing Company (American Journal of Ophthalmology) and served as President from 1998-2003. He was a founder and Secretary of the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company, and a Board Member from 1987-2007. Since 1999 he has been a member of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society. In 2000-02 he was President of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. He was on the Board of MedBiquitous Consortium from 2000-07 and served as Chairman of the Board, beginning in 2001. Dr. Spivey is the recipient of over 40 medals and awards in ophthalmology and medicine. He is the author of over 140 peer reviewed scientific, education and management articles, and has given over 40 named lectures, including the Jackson Lecture. He received the Laureate Award of the AAO in 2015.
His community involvement includes founding the Pacific Vision Foundation in 1977 and has served as Board of Directors since, and became Chairman in 2008. He was a founding member of both the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the International Council of Ophthalmology Foundation. He is a member of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem since 1999, becoming a Knight of the Justice in 2014. He is an Honorary Life Trustee of Coe College, having served on the Board to Trustees for over 30 years. Since 1999 he has served on the Board of Trustees for Helen Keller International and serves as a member of the Executive Committee since 2003.
Dr. Spivey has been married to Patti Amanda Birge Spivey since 1987. He has two grown children, Eric W. Spivey (1960) and Lisa L. Spivey (1958), and four grandchildren. He is a member of the Knickerbocker Club in New York, the Chevy Chase Club in Maryland, the Pacific-Union Club in San Francisco and the Cosmos Club in Washington D.C.