A Heartfelt Farewell to Dr. Peter F. Bruno Jr.

 

Dr. Peter F. Bruno

After serving the cardiac community for more than four decades, Dr. Peter F. Bruno Jr. has announced his retirement. Dr. Bruno is a founding member of North Suffolk Cardiology and is credited as the first cardiologist to practice in the Port Jefferson/Three Village area. Dr. Bruno’s career as a cardiologist has touched thousands of patients and their families. His commitment to the field of cardiology, and more importantly, his patients is something that his colleagues have admired and emulated over the years.   

When asked about what it was like to work alongside Dr. Bruno, here is what some of our physicians had to say:  

“Knowing Dr. Bruno for four decades and working with him for almost two decades has been an absolute privilege. What I will miss the most about him is the way he spun a yarn. The opening line with every note told you everything you needed to know about the patient. It was descriptive and poetic at the same time.

'Thank you for allowing me to evaluate this 80-year-old decorated Korean war veteran...'

'I had the privilege to assess this 103-year-old suffragette and dedicated USO worker...'

'Thank you for allowing me to evaluate this 74-year-old lobster boat captain who hails from Greenport…'

Just reviewing the first line of Dr. Bruno’s notes gave you a wonderful idea of who the person was and where they have been in life. The next sentences would be filled with their medical history. Still, it is the opening line I will always remember, as it showed how personally he knew his patients. He will be missed,” said Dr. Christopher M. Cesa. 

“Dr. Bruno will leave a legacy of integrity and excellence in how he practiced cardiology. He will be known for pioneering multiple firsts in Long Island cardiology. He was the first board-certified, full-time cardiologist and longtime Chief of Cardiology in Port Jefferson and one of the first invasive cardiologists in Suffolk County.  He started the first cardiac nuclear stress testing, 2D echocardiography and intravenous CV thrombolytic programs in Port Jefferson. He was the co-founder of the first chest pain emergency room on Long Island and a member of the first hyperbaric oxygen therapy team. His spirit of volunteering his time and talents at Mather Hospital as President of the medical staff, long time co-chairman of the Critical Care Committee, along with countless other volunteer hours, was recognized with two separate Teddy Roosevelt Awards,” said Dr. Thomas P. Ribaudo. 

“As physicians, we all strive to remain determined learners, providers of high-level care, and a reassuring human presence in the lives of our patients. Dr. Bruno, you have done this all so well. With such remarkable persistence, class, and modesty, you are an inspiration for all of us. You are irreplaceable. Thank you for your dedication and for founding North Suffolk Cardiology, a practice that means so much to so many people,” said Dr. Jason A. Sadlofsky. 

“When I first considered a career in medicine, I envisioned the characteristics of the physician I aspired to be. Little did I know that I would be fortunate enough to work with and be mentored by Dr. Bruno. This physician embodies all of these characteristics. He is humble, respectful and compassionate. He is a skilled clinician that applies the highest level of evidence-based medicine. The strength of his relationships and the trust he has engendered between his patients and their families are unparalleled. He is the quintessential physician. The greatest compliment you can pay someone is to try to emulate them. I try to emulate Dr. Bruno every day,” Dr. Thomas E. McBrearty. 

Dr. Bruno serves as an inspiration to all the physicians and staff who had the privilege of working with him and the patients that were fortunate enough to be under his care. We wish him all the best in his retirement and this new chapter in his life.  
 
At North Suffolk Cardiology we will be forever grateful for the work that Dr. Bruno inspired just by doing what he loved to do. 

Submitted by Phyllis Parker (not verified) on Mon, 01/04/2021 - 04:16 PM

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Congratulations on your retirement, Dr Bruno. It was a pleasure knowing you and working with you.

Submitted by Charles & Jo A… (not verified) on Mon, 01/04/2021 - 05:33 PM

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Thank you Dr. Bruno #1 Cardiologist. A truly dedicated medical professional with a human side. Unmatched care and attention to his patients and always made the time to listen and chat . Will be sorely missed. Enjoy jour retirement with family and friends. God bless.

Submitted by Judy Ihne (not verified) on Mon, 01/04/2021 - 07:02 PM

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I remember when Dr Bruno walked thru the doors of Mather ER for the very first time. Doesn’t seem that long ago! It was a privilege working with you Dr Bruno and wish you a happy, healthy retirement.

Submitted by EDWARD RYBY (not verified) on Mon, 01/04/2021 - 07:35 PM

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FOR OVER 2O YEARS DR BRUNO HAS KEPT ME ALIVE.
HE IS ONE OF A KIND. HE WILL BE MISSED.
GOOD LUCK UPON YOUR RETIREMENT .

Submitted by EDWARD RYBY (not verified) on Mon, 01/04/2021 - 07:52 PM

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DR BRUNO HAS KEPT ME ALIVE FOR OVER 20 YEARS.
HE IS NOT ONLY MY CARDIOLOGIST HE IS MY FRIEND.
HE WILL BE MISSED. GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY YOUR
RETIREMENT

Submitted by Louise Hershberger (not verified) on Tue, 01/05/2021 - 09:16 AM

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Both as a patient and a nurse at Mather Hospital you were always so professional a true gentleman. I never minded calling the office and talking to you the medical profession will so miss you but retirement is well deserved enjoy every minute.

Submitted by Barbara Walter (not verified) on Tue, 01/05/2021 - 10:04 AM

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Wishing you the best retirement! Enjoy! It was a pleasure not only being your patient for so many years, but also having the opportunity to work with you at St. Charles Hospital. Your knowledge and how you cared for your patients inspired me to be a better nurse.

Submitted by Barbara Walter (not verified) on Tue, 01/05/2021 - 10:04 AM

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Wishing you the best retirement! Enjoy! It was a pleasure not only being your patient for so many years, but also having the opportunity to work with you at St. Charles Hospital. Your knowledge and how you cared for your patients inspired me to be a better nurse.

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