The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is pleased to welcome Dr. Elliot Bruhl as the new Medical Director at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. His tenure began on September 30.
Dr. Bruhl initially worked at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital for eight years, from 1998 through 2006. He was a physician and medical director for Sitka’s Mountainside Family Healthcare in 2007-08. When he returned to SEARHC in 2009, Bruhl worked as a family physician and served as Chief of Services Critical Care and Emergency Medicine at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.
“We have an excellent staff of physicians, nurses and support personnel at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital,” Dr. Bruhl said. “One of the things that really sets us apart as a medical team is our ability to work together and take into consideration the unique needs of our patients, both native and non-native. We have challenges, including our geographical location, but we have many decades of experience and that’s what makes it exciting. I’m truly excited about meeting our patients’ needs as a staff and as an organization.”
Bruhl earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, and completed his residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Bruhl also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in hydrology from the University of Idaho School of Mines in Moscow, Idaho.
While at Carleton College, Bruhl was elected to the Sigma Xi science honor society and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He also earned the 1997 F. William Barrows Resident of the Year Award from the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. Bruhl received recognition last year from the Brave Heart Volunteers in Sitka, Alaska with the “Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Service to Brave Heart Volunteers and the Sitka Community,” and this year was awarded the extremely prestigious University of Washington School of Medicine Family Medicine Clerkship Outstanding Faculty Award.
Before returning to school to become a physician, Bruhl lived in Alaska and was a wildlands firefighter at the Chugach National Forest Seward Ranger District and a commercial fisheries worker and deckhand in Homer. Bruhl’s medical interests include dermatology, orthopedics, men’s health and sports medicine and during his personal time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing and gardening. Bruhl has also enjoyed providing medical care for Sitka high school sports teams at both Mt. Edgcumbe High School and Sitka High School, including the football basketball and soccer teams. For the past five years, he has also volunteered his free time to do high school sports physicals and definitely plans to continue.