2015 Parks Silver Medalist: Bruce E. Spivey, MD
Bruce E. Spivey, MD was born in 1934 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dr. Spivey received his BA from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, his M.D. and Masters of Science from the University of Iowa, and a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army, including one year as Chief of Ophthalmology of the 85th Evacuation Hospital in Qui Nhon, South Vietnam. For his exceptional military service he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Dr. Spivey was President of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) from 2006 to 2014 and served as ICO Secretary-General from 1994 to 2006. He served as the ophthalmology departmental chairman at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco for 17 years, and was the Chief Executive of CPMC for 16 years. He was the Executive Vice President and founding CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmology for 17 years, from 1976 to 1992, and the founding CEO of multi-health care systems for 15 years, in San Francisco, Chicago (Northwestern University) and New York (Columbia and Cornell Universities).
Dr. Spivey is the recipient of numerous medals and awards in ophthalmology and medicine including the Jules Francois Gold Medal of the International Council of Ophthalmology, the Howe Medal of the American Ophthalmological Society and Bernardo Streiff Medal of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis.
His past positions include President of the American Board of Medical Specialties, President of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, President of the Society of Medical Administrators, President of the American Ophthalmological Society, and member of the Graduate Medical Education National Advisory Committee.
Dr. Spivey has presented over 40 named lectures and published over 140 refereed publications. He serves as a trustee of Coe College, Pacific Vision Foundation, the International Council of Ophthalmology Foundation, the U.S.-China Educational Institute, Helen Keller International, and other not-for-profit organizations. He is a founding trustee of the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company.
An enthusiastic world traveler and explorer, Dr. Spivey has two adult children, Lisa and Eric, and resides with his wife Patti Amanda in San Francisco.