About Bruce

  • Editor, writer and web content developer specializing in science and medicine.
  • Book author and editor, with seven health reference titles in print.
  • Clips: some of my work.

Executive Assistant

Since 2012, I am executive assistant to the Chief and public information officer for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland. I am responsible for responding media queries, updating OCME’s web site, conducting tours for Grand Juries and other groups, assisting families, attorneys, and law enforcement agencies, and other duties as assigned by the Chief.

Local Editor

Local Editor of Arbutus Patch, one of 900 hyperlocal news sites of AOL/Huffington Post, from 2010 to 2912. I covered the communities in southwest Baltimore County, from the crime beat to happenings at the local senior center. Underwent Knight Foundation training for journalism and social networking best practices. Major stories included coverage of Hurricane Irene in August, 2011, which cause widespread damage and power outages; the six-month captivity of Matthew Van Dyke in a Lybian prison; a hatchet murder; and a local “grey hat” hacker who helped bring down an international cybercrime ring.

Freelance Writer/Editor

Award-winning independent journalist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, USA Today, Baltimore magazine, All Things Considered, Harpers, Maryland magazine, American Archaeology and American Health among many others.

Although the bulk of my work is in science, medicine and health care, I also write news and features related to business, finance, law, lifestyles, travel, food, home & garden, and a wide variety of topics. Highlights include:

  • Developed and published Welcome to Baltimore, Hon!, a mashup of a city guide and virtual museum that was pivotal in liberating the word Hon into the public domain via an episode of Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares.
  • In Spring of 2004, contributed several stories as a temp medical reporter for USA Today, covering for reporter out on maternity leave.
  • Developed and published Genomics News Wire, a web publication covering the business of molecular biology.
  • Numerous science articles for young readers in ChemMatters and Reaction Times, published by the American Chemical Society; Your World: Biotechnology and You, published by the Biotechnology Institute, and Science World.
  • From 1996 to 2000, ghosted the monthly “Morning Rounds” column in EyeNet, the magazine of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, using a literate nonfiction style to describe unusual cases from the doctor’s point of view.



Nursing: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning. (Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2011)

The Cancer Protocol Guide. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD, 2000)

Consulting author
The Take Care of Yourself Guide to Treating Your Family’s Most Common Symptoms. (Addison Wesley Longman, Reading, MA, 1998)

Consulting author
The Five Minute Health Advisor. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD, 1997)

Consulting author
The Five Minute Child Health Advisor. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD, 1997)

Health Care Defined: A Glossary of Current Terms. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD, 1997)

Writing consultant
First Aid: Responding to Emergencies. (American National Red Cross, Washington, DC, 1991)

Editorial Clients

American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Chemical Society
American Trauma Society
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
American Institute for Cancer Research
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Building Owners and Managers Institute
Center for Population Options
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Johns Hopkins Medical Center
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Loyola College in Maryland
The Magazine Group
Mosby-Year Book
Penn State/Hershey Medical Center
Remtulla & Associates
RP Foundation Fighting Blindness
Sidran Foundation for Mental Illness
University of Baltimore
University of Maryland School of Medicine
University of Michigan


Trade Publications

American Medical News
DOC News
Drug Information Daily
Family Practice Management
General Surgery and Laparoscopy News
Internal Medicine World Report
International Medical News Group
Infectious Disease Today
Jenks Healthcare Business Report
Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy
Lupus Now
Managed Care
Medical Interface
Medical World News
The Newspaper of Cardiology
Retail Pharmacy News


Health Care Newsletters

Inside Consumer-Directed Care
Atlantic Information ServicesFood and Drug Letter
Washington Business Information Inc.Nanobiotech News
Health Care Cost Reengineering Report

National Health InformationNeuroPractice
Laparoscopic Surgery Update

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Clinical Cost Control
Aspen PublicationsPrehospital Care Reports
Occupational Health Management

American Health ConsultantsWorkers’ Comp Managed Care
The PPO Letter
Managed Dental Care
Disease Management News
Capitation Alert

Business Information Services


Silver Award, How-To Article (2007)
American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors

Bronze Award, Newswriting (shared) (2007)
Society of National Association Publications

First Place, Human Interest (2001)
Society of Professional Journalists, Maryland Chapter

First Place, Public Service (2000)
Society of Professional Journalists, Maryland Chapter

First place, Public Service (1998)
Society of Professional Journalists, Maryland Chapter

Best of Category, News Story (1993)
Educational Press Association of America

Bronze Medal (1987)
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education


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