Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of General Internal Medicine

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photo Bruce S. Ling, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Core Faculty, Center for Research on Health Care

Core Faculty, VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion


Phone: 412-360-2234

Office: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
University Drive C, Building 30
Pittsburgh, PA 15240
Phone: 412-360-2234
Fax: 412-360-2395
Education and Training
BA, Sociology, Northwestern University, 1988
MD, University of Michigan Medical School, 1993
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health, 1999
Residency in Internal Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, 1996
Research Interest
Dr. Ling joined the faculty of the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Center for Research on Health Care in 1999. He subsequently received a career development award from the National Cancer Institute to assess the delivery and utilization of colorectal cancer screening and evaluate the patient-provider interaction as it relates to screening. The results of this work have led to additional funding from the National Cancer Institute and to a VA merit award for a multisite intervention trial. In addition to pursuing his own research, Dr. Ling previously served as the associate director for research in the Institute for Doctor-Patient Communication at the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently the Chair of the Institutional Review Board at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Ling cares for patients in the primary care clinic at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System with an emphasis on patient-provider communication and delivery of preventive services consistent with his research interests.
Educational Interest
Dr. Ling has previously served as a faculty preceptor in the internal medicine resident clinic and as an attending physician on the inpatient hospital wards at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. In addition, he has been a faculty facilitator in clinical epidemiology, physical diagnosis, advanced patient interviewing, and evidence-based medicine to medical students and residents.
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Selected Publications:
Ling, B. S., Moskowitz, M. A., Wachs, D., Pearson, B., Schroy, P. C. Attitudes Toward Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests: A Survey of Patients and Physicians. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2001; 16: 822-830.
Schoen, R. E., Weissfeld, J. L., Trauth, J. M., Ling, B. S., Hayran, M. A Population-Based, Community Estimate of Total Colon Examination: The Impact of Compliance with Screening for Colorectal Cancer. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2002; 97: 446-451.
Weisfeld, J. L., Ling, B. S., Schoed, R. E., Bresalier, R. S., Riley, T., Prorok, P. Adherence to Repeat Screening Flexible Sigmoidoscopy in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial. Cancer. 2002; 94: 2569-2576.
Schroy, P. C., Barrison, A. F., Ling, B. S., Wilson, S, Geller, A. C. Family History and Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Survey of Physician Knowledge and Practice Patterns. American Journal of Gastroenerology. 2002; 97: 1031-1036.
Trauth, J. M., Ling, B. S., Weissfeld, J. L., Schoen, R. E., Hayran, M. Using the Transtheoretical Model to Stage Colorectal Cancer Screening Behavior. Health Educaton and Behavior. 2003; 30: 322-336.
Ling, B. S., Klein, W. M., Dang, Q. Relationship of Communication and Information Measures to Colorectal Cancer Screening Utilization: Results from HINTS. Journal of Health Communications. 2006; 11 (Supplement 1): 181-190.
Ling, B. S., Trauth, J. M., Fine, M. F., Mor, M. K., Resnick, A, Braddock, C. H., Bereknyei, S, Weissfeld, J. L., Schoen, R. E., Ricci, E. M., Whittle, J. Informed Decision-Making and Colorectal Cancer Screening: Is it Occurring in Primary Care?. Medical Care. 2008; 46: S23-29.
Ling, B. S., Schoen, R. E., Trauth, J. M., Wahed, A. S., Eury, T., Simak, D. M., Solano, F. X., Weissfeld, J. L. Physicians Encouraging Colorectal Screening: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Enhanced Office and Patient Management on Compliance with Colorectal Cancer Screening. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2009; 169: 47-55.
McQueen, A., Bartholomew, L. K., Greisinger, A. J., Medina, G. G., Hawley, S. T., Haidet, P., Bettencourt, J., Shokar, N., Ling, B. S., Vernon, S. W. Behind Closed Doors: Physician-Patient Discussions about Colorectal Cancer Screening. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2009; 24: 1228-1235.
Hall, D. E., Hanusa, B. H., Stone, R. A., Ling, B. S., Arnold, R. M. The Time Required for Institutional Review Board Review at One Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery. 2015; 150: 103-109.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Describing Variation in IRB Efficiency Quality and Procedures
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: HSR&D
Grant Number: SDR SDR 11-399
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2014
Notable Achievements
Physician Training Award in Preventive Medicine- American Cancer Society, 1997-1999
Research and Education Mentorship Award- Society of General Internal Medicine, 2003
National Cancer Institute Special Emphasis Panel- Colorectal Cancer Screening in Primary Care Practice, 2003
Subcommittee on Guidance and Coaching- International Patient Decision Aids Standards Collaboration, 2003-2005
Advanced Training Institute in Health Behavior Theory- National Cancer Institute, 2004
Invited Presentation- “Patient-Provider Communication and Colorectal Cancer Screening,” National Cancer Institute, 2005