A Fullness of Uncertain Significance: Stories of Surgery, Clarity, & Grace

by Bruce H. Campbell, MD FACS




310 pages

ISBN: 9781645382799



When Dr. Bruce H. Campbell first set foot in a hospital as a seventeen-year-old nursing assistant, he observed the best and the worst of doctors, hospitals, and the entire health care team. These lessons returned to him and shaped his own journey as he became a surgeon. Through these well-crafted, poignant, sometimes funny, and always insightful stories, he shares what his patients and their families shared, having never forgotten what it felt like to be a beginner.



Bruce H. Campbell, MD grew up in River Forest, Illinois. He graduated from Purdue University in 1976 and Rush Medical College in 1980. He completed an otolaryngology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in 1985 and a head and neck surgery fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1987. After returning to MCW, he spent his entire career as a faculty member seeing patients, performing surgery, teaching students and residents, and participating in clinical research.


Dr. Campbell holds appointments in the MCW Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, the MCW Institute for Health and Equity (Bioethics and Medical Humanities), and the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education. He earned a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University in 2019.


He began publishing essays, humor, poetry, and fiction in 2000. His writing appears in his blogs (Reflections in a Head Mirror and A Fullness of Uncertain Significance) and in a variety of medical and nonmedical journals, including JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Creative Wisconsin, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, Auscult, and The Examined Life Journal.


He and his wife, Kathi, live near Milwaukee, WI where they have raised four terrific children.

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