Greenville Health Care Center (Co-founder)
Class of 1968
Craig Bruno was born and raised in Port Chester, New York. He served as a Navy Medical Corpsman on the USS Amphion, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, and Portsmouth, Virginia. He completed his military service with the U.S. Marine Corps as a field Navy Corpsman, Quantico, VA. After graduating from Kingston School of Nursing, New York, Mr. Bruno enrolled in the Duke University Physician Assistant Program.
After graduating from Duke University PA Program, Mr. Bruno was the first physician assistant in the country to work outside of Duke University, accepting a position in family practice with Dr. Ernest Furgurson and Dr. Alban Papineau at Plymouth Clinic, Plymouth, North Carolina. While employed at Plymouth Clinic for 17 years, Mr. Bruno continuously promoted his profession by speaking to local organizations, and was invited by the American Medical Association to speak at Rural Health Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1986, Mr. Bruno accepted a position at East Carolina University School of Medicine Radiation Oncology Department as a Patient Care Coordinator. In 1989, Mr. Bruno and Stephen Joyner, another Duke PA graduate, opened a private urgent care facility where they were co-owners and worked as PAs. Mr. Bruno continues to work at that facility in semi-retirement.
Honors and accomplishments include: Board of Directors and President of Management Corporation that operated a health care facility, Auxiliary Member of Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society in Pitt County, Fellow Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Staff Member of Washington County Hospital, Plymouth, North Carolina, and Member of Advisory Council Department of Corrections in Washington County.
Published reports about Mr. Bruno's profession as a physician assistant include articles in the Wall Street Journal, Medical World News, Miami Herald, Image Magazine, Comet Magazine, Readers Digest, Medical Economics, and Raleigh News and Observer.