• Bruce E. Spivey, MD, MS, MEd, renowned educator, clinician, and transformative leader, served as the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s first Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer (1978-1992). During this period the organization moved from Minnesota to San Francisco, grew from four staff to over one hundred, merged with the American Association of Ophthalmology, formed the Academy’s Foundation, developed a Code of Ethics, launched the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (OMIC) and initiated the National Eye Care Project. These feats could not have been accomplished without Dr. Spivey’s visionary leadership and limitless dedication to the Academy.

    Dr. Spivey’s main fields of interest are Health Profession Education, Health Care Management, International Medical Care and Educational Exchange. In addition to his service with AAO, he has served in countless leadership positions at notable organizations including the American Board of Ophthalmology, California Pacific Medical Center, the American Board of Medical Specialties, and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. In addition, from 2006-2014, Dr. Spivey served as President of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO). His community involvement includes founding the Pacific Vision Foundation in 1977 and has served on its Board of Directors since and became Chairman in 2008.

    Dr. Spivey is the recipient of over 40 medals and awards in ophthalmology and medicine. He is the author of over 140 peer-reviewed scientific, education and management articles, and has given over 40 named lectures, including the Jackson Lecture. He received the Laureate Award of the AAO in 2015.  Dr. Spivey has been married to Patti Amanda Birge Spivey since 1987. He has two grown children, Eric W. Spivey and Lisa L. Spivey and four grandchildren. He is a member of the Knickerbocker Club in New York, the Chevy Chase Club in Maryland, the Pacific-Union Club in San Francisco and the Cosmos Club in Washington D.C. 

    The deadline for the 2019 Orbital Gala tribute book has passed. However, you can still make a gift in honor of Dr. Spivey. Dr. Spivey will receive a list of all individuals who have made a gift in his honor after the 2019 annual meeting. Questions? Please contact Claire Lewis at clewis@aao.org or at (415) 447-0356.

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