2009 Award Recipent

Dr. Barry Bruce


Barry Bruce MD, CCFP, FCFP has been a family doctor in Carp in a practice he established with his wife, Dr. Carol Bruce, in 1973. He has had a Voluntary Part Time appointment at the University of Ottawa Department of Family Medicine since 1978, was Chief of Staff of the Queensway-Carleton Hospital from 1989 to 1995, and Lead Physician of the West Carleton PCN/FHN/FHT from 2000-2008. He became a “Team Leader Facilitator” through the “Total Quality Leadership” program at the University of Michigan Medical Center in 1993, and has constantly tried to apply and teach those principles and skills since. He has provided advice to several practices in the area who were attempting to create Family Health Teams over the previous 4 years. He leads the Fitness and Therapeutic Exercise Team at the West Carleton FHT, and is in the final stages of achieving his ChiRunning/ChiWalking Instructor certificate. He continuously tries to raise community awareness of the importance of exercise.


  • 1972 MD. University of Western Ontario

  • 1972-1973 Rotating Internship Ottawa Civic Hospital

  • 1979 CCFP College of Family Physicians of Canada

  • 1993 “Total Quality Leadership” program at the University of Michigan Medical Center, reaching the level of “Team Leader Facilitator”

Work Experience:

  • Active staff 1978-2008 and Chief-of -Staff at Queensway Carleton Hospital, January 1989-December 1994

  • Flexible Fiberoptic Sigmoidoscopy : clinical instructor Queensway- Carlton Hospital and West Carleton Family Health Team

  • University of Ottawa - Voluntary Part Time staff appointment 1978 – present - teacher, medical students and residents


  • Citizen of the Year of West Carleton - 1999

  • One of 20 Canadian physicians chosen to carry Olympic Torch for the Canadian Medical Association in Cornwall, October , 2009

  • Team member and former Lead Physician of the West Carleton Family Health Team that won the Family Practice of the Year Award (Ontario College of Family Physicians) for 2010

Community Work :

  • Lead Singer of the “Star Tools” a physician composed 50s-60s Rock and Roll Band that has helped to raise over $2.5 million for community charities from 1978 to the present day

  • Founder of “The Diefenbunker Development Group and first president and CEO of the “Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum” in Carp. 1997-2002, and Board Member 2002-2010

  • “Rural Healthy Living Coalition” member since 2008, and Co-Chair since March, 2010