Professor Bruce Spiess, MD, FAHA

Professor and Associate Chair (Research)
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Florida College of Medicine
Florida, USA

Dr Bruce D. Spiess is presently the Associate Chair for anesthesiology at the University of Florida, School of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. He was born to academic parents and grew up steeped in a research background with his father being a geneticist and his mother a biochemist.

Dr Spiess attended Denison, University in Granville Ohio, and they just bestowed upon him in 2017 their highest honor- The Alumni citation for his research work in Medicine. He attended Rush Medical College in Chicago followed by The Mayo Clinic for Anesthesiology training, where he specialized in cardiothoracic anesthesiology and was chief resident. He returned to Rush for his first faculty position from 1983-1990. From there he travelled to Seattle, Washington to become the Chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at the University of Washington.

Spiess left Washington State when a business opportunity for his new wife became available in Richmond, Virginia. He took the position of Vice Chairman of Anesthesiology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond where he stayed for 17 years until pursuing his present position at the University of Florida.

Dr Spiess has focused his research upon blood: its critical oxygen carrying capacity, oxygen therapeutic pharmaceutical development (previously known as “blood substitutes”), risks of blood transfusion, and coagulation/coagulopathies and development of monitoring technologies. His extensive work in blood transfusion risks has led him to be an outspoken proponent of patient blood management. He has authored over 200 peer reviewed academic articles, more than 40 book chapters, seven textbooks and appeared on the Discovery Channel and in many other lay media. His work has been funded mostly by the US Department of Defense and he has led major conferences for the DOD, NIH, FDA with regards to critical blood issues. As it pertains to coagulation management Dr Spiess was the first to author research studies regarding using thromboelastography for heart surgery and he has published extensively in that area calling upon clinicians to develop and utilize whole blood testing in conjunction with algorithms for coagulopathy treatment.

He has been on the board of directors of international societies including the society for Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and boards of commercial companies.

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