Dr. Andrew Bruggeman is the Section Chief of the RMAS Palliative Care Service. He is also an active member of the Hematologic Malignancies Team and the Benign Tumor/Conditions Team. Together with Cardiologists at the UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, he is overseeing our programs in Cardiac Intravascular Brachytherapy as well as the Non-Invasive Treatment of Arrhythmias.
Prior to becoming a Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Bruggeman completed an Internal Medicine Residency at UC San Diego in 2015 where he developed a passion for palliative care. He was recruited to develop a Palliative Radiation Therapy Program in our Department and to work closely with the Moores Cancer Center Palliative Care Team. A recipient of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Young Investigator Award focused on integrating palliative care into the Radiation Oncology clinic, he serves as the liaison between our Department and the Cancer Center regarding palliative care and oversees resident education in palliative medicine. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, he was also recruited to oversee the development of a new joint program with Cardiology focused on non-invasive targeting and ablation in patients with cardiac arrhythmias, an exciting new area of radiation medicine.
Dr. Bruggeman is an author of multiple publications focused on palliative care, focused on a number of issues including prognostic factors in inpatient palliative care patients, pain management and end-of-life care.