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Dr. Bruce MacLeod, formerly of UPMC-Mercy, Takes Leadership of Revitalized Emergency Department at West Penn Hospital

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

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PITTSBURGH – Bruce MacLeod, MD, FACEP, formerly Chair of Emergency Medicine at UPMC-Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, has joined West Penn Allegheny Health System as Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine, West Penn Hospital, leading the continuing rebirth and growth of the West Penn Hospital Emergency Department.
As medical director of Emergency Medicine at West Penn Hospital, Dr. MacLeod will take charge of a completely renovated, state-of-the-art emergency department with 23 beds, a fast-track patient triage system and numerous technological innovations including a 128-slice CT scanner. The improvements are part of a much broader plan to revitalize and modernize West Penn Hospital so that it is poised to play a central role in meeting the region’s health care needs for years to come.
In addition to Dr. MacLeod, four new physicians will join the West Penn Hospital staff over the next few months. They are Camilo Andres Caceres, MD; Stacie E. Byers, DO, FACEP; Melani S. Cheers, MD, and Alexander Palma, MD.
“West Penn Hospital has always been known in the community for treating patients with compassion and excellence,” said Dr. MacLeod. “It is an exciting time to be here, and I am proud to join this organization and eager to share in its revitalization.”
Thomas Campbell, MD, Chair of Emergency Medicine at West Penn Allegheny Health System and formerly medical director of West Penn Hospital’s emergency department for more than two decades, said, “We are very happy to have a physician of Dr. MacLeod’s skill and reputation leading West Penn’s emergency care. West Penn has always been committed to treating every patient who comes through our doors with dignity and the highest quality of care possible. We are confident that Dr. MacLeod will continue that tradition.”
Dr. MacLeod is a graduate of the University of Dayton and University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, and came to Pittsburgh in 1987 for a University of Pittsburgh-affiliated residency in Emergency Medicine at the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania. He serves as clinical associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and adjunct clinical associate professor at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. MacLeod is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
Active in the community, Dr. MacLeod has served on the board of directors of the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, as co-chair of the American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline and Medical Command Physician with the City of Pittsburgh Emergency Medical Service. Dr. MacLeod is currently the Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
The new doctors joining Dr. Macleod at West Penn bring experience in emergency medicine and community EMS work.
Dr. Cheers has worked with the City of Pittsburgh Medical Command and as Emergency Medicine Events Czar provided advanced medical care at large city events such as Steelers football games and concerts. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr. Caceres served as Assistant EMS Medical Director for Penn Hills EMS from 2009 to June 2012. He is a graduate of Duke University and Marshall University School of Medicine, and completed his emergency medicine residency at Allegheny General Hospital.
Dr. Byers comes to West Penn from the APEX Emergency Group of St. Anthony Hospital in Denver, Col., where she was an attending physician. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Palma has been an EMS command physician at Allegheny General Hospital and assistant medical director of the Robinson EMS. He is a graduate of the University of Miami and Ross University School of Medicine, and is board-certified in both internal and emergency medicine.
The West Penn Hospital emergency department reopened Feb. 14, 2012 after closing in December 2010. The hospital is continuing to expand inpatient services, with a new intensive care unit, surgical patient rooms and labor and delivery rooms also opening this year. Full cardiovascular services are expected to return to the hospital in the fall.
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