Merle F. Bruce M.D.

Merle Francis Bruce, MD, has been practicing Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery in Reno for 32 years.

Dr. Bruce is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (1974) and is a Fellow of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Since the early 1980’s, he has held an academic appointment at the University of Nevada Medical School as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery (ENT) and has taught medical students and residents over the years.

Dr. Bruce served on the University of Nevada Medical Schools Admission Committee from 1980 through 1986.

Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, Dr. Bruce attended undergraduate school at the University of Oregon. After three years of undergraduate work, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in General Science and was able to proceed to the University of Oregon Medical School (UOMS), now known as the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU).

In 1966, Dr. Bruce graduated from UOMS with an MD degree. He was selected to intern at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI, where he studied Internal Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesia, Pediatrics and OB-Gyn in what was known as a “rotating internship.”

His internship completed, Dr. Bruce continued to fulfill his military obligation with the US Army Medical Corps in Fort Ord, California and Sandia Base, New Mexico, attaining the rank of Major. 

In 1970, Dr. Bruce was a General Surgery Resident at the Lovelace Clinic, University of New Mexico, Bataan Memorial Hospital in Albuquerque.  During that year Dr. Bruce wrote a research paper on glomus tumors of the ear with Professor Donald Kilgore.

In July of 1971, Dr. Bruce moved his wife and six children to the northwest to begin his Residency in OH&N Surgery at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle.

In 1974, Dr. Bruce became Board Certified.  Prior to settling in Reno in 1978, he practiced Otolaryngology in Renton, Washington and Eugene Oregon.

Once in Reno, Dr. Bruce joined and continues to be on Active Medical Staff at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Renown Regional Medical Center, Northern Nevada medical Center and Reno Veteran’s Administration Hospital.

Dr. Bruce has long respected and participated in team and individual sports.  As an Undergraduate at the University of Oregon, he was the starting center-linebacker for the Oregon Frosh’s 1959-1960 campaign.   While in Albuquerque, Dr. Bruce assisted the University of New Mexico Lobos Team Physicians with various aspects of Sports Medicine.  And after arriving in Reno, the late Gerry Dales requested Dr. Bruce’s expertise in attending to the various men’s and women’s athletic teams. Dr. Bruce remains active with the coaches, trainers and athletes across the University of Nevada landscape.

Dr. Bruce has been an avid runner since 1967. He began distance running in the early 70’s and completed marathons throughout the United States. Among the marathon venues were San Francisco, New York Avenue of the Giants, Fiesta Bowl, Oakland, and the Boston Marathon in 1984.  His personal record time was the St. George Marathon (3 hours 19 minutes) in 1984. 

For many years, Dr. Bruce coordinated, coached and participated in the Doctor-Lawyer basketball game, played annually at the Lawler Events Center benefiting the American Cancer Society. 

When he is not practicing medicine, Dr. Bruce spends his time with his wife, Joy, his six children, and his 9 grandchildren.