Alexander BRUCKER (USA)

Alexander Brucker was educated at the University of Maryland and received his M.D. degree at New York Medical College. After completing a residency at the Fridenwald Institute of Maryland General Hospital, he did a Fellowship in Diseases of the Retina and Vitreous under the mentorship of Dr. Arnall Patz at The Wilmer Ophthalmologic Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

In 1977, Dr. Brucker relocated to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he was appointed to the faculty as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, and in 1994 became Professor of Ophthalmology, a position which he holds since that time. He served as Chief of the Retina and Vitreous Service at the Scheie Eye Institute/Department of Ophthalmology from 1979-1995.

During the course of his career, Dr. Brucker has served in many leadership capacities, too numerous to list in this short biography, but a sample which is listed herein. He is a member of societies and organizations such as the Macula Society of which he served as President in 1992, the Retina Society, the American Society of Retina Specialists, Club Jules Gonin, and the American Uveitis Society. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Philadelphia from 1987-90, holding other positions within that Foundation over the years.

Dr. Brucker has received numerous awards which have acknowledged his leadership in education, research, and patient care. He has been honored by Philadelphia Magazine with “Best Doctors” on numerous occasions, has received the Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching in the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Pennsylvania on three occasions, was the recipient of the Albrecht von Graefe Award for distinguished contributions in ophthalmology by the American Society of Contemporary Ophthalmology, was the recipient of the Life Achievement Award from the Ophthalmic Club of Philadelphia, received the Life Achievement Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and was the recipient of the J. Donald M. Gass Medal by the Macula Society at its meeting in Phoenix, Arizona in 2010.

Dr. Brucker has been invited to give numerous Named Lectureships throughout the world, some of which include the C.S. O’Brien Professorship Lecture at Tulane University, the Nachazel Lecture at William Beaumont Hospital, and the Albert C. Snell Memorial Lecture at the University of Rochester. Dr. Brucker is the Editor-in-Chief of the foremost retina journal, RETINA, the Journal of Retinal and Vitreous Diseases, a position he has held and currently holds since 1981.

He is currently Editor of Retinal Cases and Brief Reports, and is Section Editor for the Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology. Dr. Brucker has received innumerable invitations to be moderators of panels and honored guest lecturers locally as well as worldwide in such venues as Cape Town, Berlin, Sydney, Milan, Geneva, Bali, and Bangkok, just to name a few. He has authored over 100 papers which have been printed in prestigious peer-reviewed journals, and has been the author of published books, texts, and chapters, the list too large to mention.

His special interests have been the surgical treatment of vitreoretinal disorders, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, vascular occlusive diseases, and clinical trials to evaluate treatments for retinal diseases.

Dr. Brucker has been Principal Investigator of multiple clinical trials including the Diabetes Control and Complications and Trial (DCCT), the Age-Related Eye Disease Study II, the MacTel Study, and a multitude of other randomized controlled trials of retinal and vitreous diseases. He has served as P.I. of two recent diabetic retinopathy trials sponsored by the DRCR.net of the National Eye Institute.

He has served on the Executive Committee of that organization. Dr. Brucker has also served for seven years as a voting member of the Department of Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Ophthalmic Device Panel, an important regulatory panel for ophthalmology. Dr. Brucker has been a role model for generations of medical students, residents, fellows, and colleagues, many of whom continue to contact him with regard to his expertise in the field of ophthalmology and specifically, diseases of the retina and vitreous.