Dr Alana Bruce is a rheumatologist in private practice, having obtained fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in March 2021. She studied medicine at the University of Melbourne and brings experience from working at teaching hospitals in New South Wales including St George, Royal Prince Alfred and Campbelltown Hospitals.
Dr Bruce has a particular interest in the interplay between rheumatic disease and cancer immunotherapy. She completed a Master of Research in clinical medicine at Macquarie University in 2022, having investigated the epidemiology, risk factors and outcomes of rheumatic toxicities of immune checkpoint inhibitors in patients with advanced melanoma. This research has provided her with the opportunity to present findings at local and international conferences. She has also been involved in peer review for medical journals and is currently on the Australian Rheumatology Association Clinical Resources Committee.
Dr Bruce has facilitated medical education, with previous affiliation with Sydney University as clinical associate lecturer and has taught in the University of Western Sydney undergraduate medical program. She has been awarded for her contribution to junior doctor education and academic presentations.
Dr Bruce feels fortunate to be able to care for people with autoimmune rheumatic disease at a time of expanding knowledge of the immune system and variety of treatment options.
Dr Bruce also has an interest in music and has previously completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne. She is a mother of two young children and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Bruce, A., Youssef, P., How to Treat: Rheumatic Complications of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors. Australian Doctor January 2020.
Bruce, A., McGill, N., Calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease: A disorder with multiple presentations. Medicine Today 2018; 19(3): 56-59.
Adams, C. L., Lohan, S., Bruce, A., Kamalaraj, N., Gunaratne, S. & White, R. Cricopharyngeal bar and dermatomyositis: A cause of rapidly progressive dysphagia. International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, 2020;(September), 1–7. https://doi.org/10.1111/1756-185X.14006
Tardo, D., Bruce, A., Pearlman, A., Wang, LW., Sturgess, A. & Pitney, M., Chest pain, statins, troponin elevation and myopathy: A diagnostic and management dilemma, The American Journal of Medicine (2020), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjmed.2020.09.053
Prideaux, L et al, Crohn’s Disease Phenotype at Diagnosis is More Severe in the East (China) than the West (Australia) and is Managed Differently. Gastroenterology 2011; 140 (5): S -788.
Dr Alana Bruce
MBBS, BA, MRES, FRACP
PHONE: 03 9700 7666