Bruce Derrick, MD
Medical School: Temple University
Residency: Temple University Hospital
Fellowship: Temple University Hospital
Dr. Bruce Derrick specializes in general surgery and commonly performs hernia, bowel and gallbladder surgeries. His particular interests include vascular surgery and endocrine surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands (small glands of the endocrine system which are located in the neck behind the thyroid). Dr. Derrick earned his medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. He completed his general surgery residency and specialized fellowship training in vascular and oncology surgery at Temple University Hospital.
Dr. Derrick has had a longstanding interest in anatomy and was a teaching assistant in college for anatomy. For him, surgery seemed the best medical field for continuing that interest. He specializes in vascular surgery, which treats diseases of the vascular system, or arteries and veins. Endovascular surgery is a form of minimally invasive surgery gaining access to many regions of the body through major blood vessels. More than a decade ago, surgeons began performing successful endovascular surgery for elderly patients with aortic aneurysms. This would allow the patient to have a potentially lethal condition to be repaired with less pain and less time in the hospital. Dr. Derrick was one of the first surgeons in Bucks County to perform endovascular aortic aneurysm repair.
Technology has allowed Dr. Derrick and his fellow surgeons to use laparoscopic and endovascular procedures for several conditions that used to require larger incisions, longer hospital stays, more pain and a longer recovery. With these newer procedures, such as laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder), patients are in and out of the hospital in less than 24 hours with a quicker recovery. Likewise, repairing an abdominal aortic aneurysm just below the kidneys using endovascular techniques through a small incision in the legs allows for a hospital stay of 48-72 hours rather than a 7-10 day hospital stay with a large abdominal incision. Dr. Derrick believes the use of less invasive techniques will continue to develop and result in less pain for the patient and a quicker recovery, allowing the patient to return to activities of normal living sooner.
Dr. Derrick considers Doylestown Hospital progressive in terms of securing a medical staff to meet all the community's medical and surgical needs. Having this wide array of medical specialties means a patient is less likely to be transferred to Philadelphia hospitals for treatment. In addition, "The medical and nursing staff live locally and respond very personally to the patient's needs," says Dr. Derrick. Since there are no teaching residents at Doylestown, patients are seen by board-certified general surgeons who perform patient care themselves.
Dr. Derrick was Director of the Department of Surgery at Doylestown Hospital from 1992-2007. He is the current President-Elect of the Doylestown Hospital Medical Staff. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
His outside interests include swimming, running, golf and spending time with family.
VIAA Surgical Associates
599 W. State Street, Ste 302
Doylestown, PA 18901