Dr. Bruce J. Leavitt

Dr. Bruce J. Leavitt FACS graduated from the University of Maine with high distinction in 1977 and Medical School at the University of Vermont in 1981.  He completed a General Surgery Residency at Maine Medical Center in 1986 followed by a residency in Cardiopulmonary Surgery at the SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York.  In 1988 Dr. Leavitt became an Attending in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery at the University of Vermont Medical Center (formerly Fletcher Allen Health Care) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He became a full Professor in 2003. Dr. Leavitt is the President Elect of the New England Surgical Society and the Chairman of the Committee on Applicants of the Vermont Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Leavitt is the Chair of the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Northern New England Cardiovascular Group Quality Improvement Committee and has been chairman of the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee since 2004.  He was chairman of the UVM College of Medicine’s Faculty Standards Committee in 2013 & 2014 and has participated as a primary investigator in several national thoracic surgery studies. He was vice chairperson for the University of Vermont Medical Group Board from 2010-2013.  In 2015 Dr. Leavitt received the Nathan Smith Award by the New England Surgical Society and also the Gordon Page Surgeon of the Year Award from the University of Vermont College Of Medicine. In 1997 he received the Jerome S. Abrams teaching award from the UVM Department of Surgery and in 2011 he received the Outstanding Alumni Award for Service to Medicine and Community from the University of Vermont College Of Medicine.  Dr. Leavitt has put his 28 years of experience as an attending in cardiac and thoracic surgery to good use with extensive surgical missionary work in Rwanda, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Panama, Russia and China. He has been the physician advisor to the Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol (Stowe, VT) since 1988 and has been a volunteer physician leader for the Vermont City Marathon since 2007.  

After I returned from Rwanda, each time I passed my to do list, my pencil hovered to cross off Rwanda–I could not do it. Rwanda was not finished.

I am thankful to Team Heart for saving my life and allow me to return to my studies energetically and it does me proud to be studying public health

Rwanda can eradicate rheumatic heart disease in a generation-it is an achievable goal

I consider being a part of Team Heart to be the biggest achievement in my nursing career, and one of the best parts of my life!