Bruce H. Moeckel, M.D.
It is with great sorrow and regret that we recognize the passing of Dr. Bruce Moeckel. Dr. Moeckel was a gifted orthopedic surgeon, an asset to our medical group and a close friend to all of us. He treated all of his patients with the utmost respect and care.
All of us at Middlesex Orthopedic Surgeons will miss him greatly.
Born on May 26, 1959, Bruce was raised in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Bruce attended the Eaglebrook School and was a 1977 graduate of Deerfield Academy. At Eaglebrook and Deerfield, Bruce was a talented skier and was a member of the local ski patrol. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College in 1981 with a degree in chemistry. Bruce went on to attend Boston University School of Medicine, graduating as Salutatorian and Magna Cum Laude in 1987. At graduation, Bruce was awarded the Boston University School of Medicine Chair for the Outstanding Student. Bruce completed a General Surgery internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City in 1988. He went on to complete Orthopedic Residency Training in 1992 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Bruce authored numerous publications in orthopedic journals and books. While at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Bruce’s involvement in the care of the New York Giants sparked his interest in sports medicine. This love of sports medicine as well as general orthopedic medicine, led Bruce to Middletown, Connecticut where he enjoyed his community orthopedic practice as well as his twenty three years of service to Wesleyan University as team orthopedic surgeon. Bruce could often be seen with his children on the sidelines enthusiastically cheering for the Wesleyan Cardinals. For his support of the Wesleyan community, Bruce received the Cardinal Award in 2015.
A well-respected member of the community, Bruce was a Senior Attending Physician at Middlesex Hospital. Practicing with Middlesex Orthopedic Surgeons, and a founder of The Middlesex Center for Orthopedic Surgery, Bruce served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Orthopedic Society, was a member of the Middlesex County Medical Society, and the Connecticut State Medical Society. Bruce also served as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Middlesex Hospital, receiving Connecticut Magazine’s Top Doctors’award over numerous years.
A lover of the Red Sox, Bruce cheered for his team through the good times and bad, no cheer louder than when the Red Sox broke the curse in the 2004 World Series. An avid golfer, Bruce loved nothing more than spending a Saturday golfing with his children and friends; he will be dearly missed on the links. Most importantly, Bruce loved spending time with his family, volunteering as their little league baseball coach, making pasta in Italy, and searching for sand dollars on the beach.
Our lives, and all those that he touched, have been forever brightened. His example will forever live in our hearts. Bruce was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, friend, and physician. He will be sorely missed.