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Mark E. Bruley, CCE, FACCE, EIT

Consulting Investigator and Author

Medical Technology Accidents


Vice President Emeritus

Accident & Forensic Investigation



Patient safety with medical devices has been the focus of Mr. Bruley's work since beginning at ECRI in 1975. His initial work as a project engineer focused on the clinical and laboratory evaluation of medical devices. He frequently consults and lectures on medical device safety, medial technology accident investigation, and recall and problem reporting programs. The Joint Commission, state departments of health, the FDA, standards committees, professional societies, and foreign governments have relied on Mr. Bruley for his expertise for decades.

Publications by Mr. Bruley include more than 165 journal articles and book chapters. 


He has researched the causes and prevention of surgical fires for more than 40 years. That work, along with that of his ECRI colleagues, resulted in the production of a nationally distributed training video for prevention of surgical fires on patients for the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. Mr. Bruley has been active with the FDA-sponsored Hospital Bed Safety Workgroup (HBSW) since its formation in 1999. His work has focused on evidence-based equipment design and the  evaluation of bed rail guidelines and assessment of bed rail entrapment risks.


Mr. Bruley’s patient safety work more broadly addressed healthcare policy issues at the national level in 2000 when he presented invited testimony on “The Research Agenda for Errors with Healthcare Technology” at the First National Summit on Medical Errors and Patient Safety sponsored by the U.S. Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force (QuIC) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in Washington, DC. In 2004, he was appointed to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Postmarket Surveillance of Pediatric Medical Devices at the National Academy of Sciences.


Awards recognizing Mr. Bruley’s work include the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) Devteq Patient Safety Award (2003), the Institute of Electrical/Electronics Engineers (Philadelphia Chapter) Benjamin Franklin Key Award (2007 and 2013), and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation & Becton Dickinson Patient Safety Award (2014).

In 2018, the ACCE awarded Mr. Bruley the Lifetime Achievement Award. Based on an individual's life-long accomplishments and contributions to the clinical engineering profession, it is the highest award given by ACCE.


Mark is a member and past president of the Philadelphia chapter of the the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM Ring 6). He was inducted into the IBM Order of Merlin in 2009.

Da Vinci surgical robot accident under investigation. Medical mystery.

Investigating a surgical robot accident. 

surgical instrument stapler for use in surgery.
Mark Bruley biomedical ngineer lecturer.

A bit of magic...

Surgical Fire Lecturer

Surgical stapler. Two places on a lady; one on a gentleman.

Medical devices for natural orifices.
Mark Bruley magician.

OTHER INTERESTS: Magic, land sailing with power kites, kite buggies, and Blokarts, and letter carving in stone.

Power kite land sailing by Mark Brley.
Land sailing in New Jersey
Mark Bruley stone letter carving.
Supeior Dry Lake, California

Education, Training, Certifications


  • Medical Device Failure

  • Accident Investigation

  • Surgical Fire Prevention

  • Peri-operative skin injury ("burns")

  • Patient Safety

A.B.Normal brain candle.

B.S., Biomedical Engineering Technology, 1975. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


Fundamentals of Engineering (EIT) Certification, 1975: Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers

Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) (2007), Healthcare Technology Certification Commission, United States Board of Examiners for Clinical Engineering Certification.

Fellow of American College of Clinical Engineering (FACCE) (2018).

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