Stephanie R. Bruce, MD

Project: "Total Elder Care"
Medstar Washington Hospital Center
Washington DC

Stephanie Bruce is a staff physician at Medstar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) in the Geriatrics Section, and associate Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University. She joined the MWHC’s Medical House call program in 2004, as part of a group providing medical and social care to frail elders in the District of Columbia. She became practice director in 2006 and in 2011 was named “House Call Physician of the Year” by the American Academy of Home Care Physicians.

Dr Bruce is co-director of the Ortho-Geriatric inpatient service, medical director of the hospital’s inpatient Geriatrics unit, and is the physician leader and co-sponsor of the MWHC’s NICHE (Nurses Improving Care of Hospitalized Elders) program. She has served as associate Medical Director of hospice.

Her other interests include supporting and expanding the role of IT in helping clinicians provide better care and communicate around clinical issues. She led the House Call Program’s use of a mobile electronic health record (EHR) and is co-chair of the hospital’s EHR Steering Committee. In 2012, she received CMS’s Innovation Advisor grant to improve electronic support for the care of homebound elders with multi-morbid conditions.

Dr Bruce grew up in Florida, attended Georgetown University and Columbia University for undergraduate degrees. She received her MD from Duke University School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC. In 2004 she completed a clinical fellowship in Geriatrics at Johns Hopkins University Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.

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