Renowned pediatrician. Successful business leader. Outspoken statesman.
A Giant in NC Medicine.



NCMS Past President Dr. H. David Bruton died at his home Friday, August 18th. He was 88.

“We have lost a giant in NC medicine. Dr. Bruton’s prowess far surpassed his stature. He was a renowned pediatrician, successful business leader, and outspoken statesman. Countless stories continue to be retold of his time as President of NCMS as well as Secretary of DHHS. His legend will surely live on,” says Chip Baggett, CEO of the North Carolina Medical Society.

Bruton was a lifetime member of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and served as NCMS President from 1995-96. He served as NC Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1997-2001, where among many things he instituted statewide hearing tests of all newborns. In 2000, he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Jim Hunt. In 2004, he helped found the Moore Free and Charitable Clinic which provides affordable health care for the uninsured of Moore County. He was a North Caroliniana Society member receiving their highest award in 2017.

The North Carolina Medical Society expresses its sincerest condolences to Dr. Bruton’s widow, Frieda, family and friends.

For his full obituary, memorial service information, and how to send condolences, click here.

These links of interest highlight some of Bruton’s accomplishments and his impact on medicine in the state of North Carolina:

Former NCMS President H. David Bruton, MD Honored

Reginald Harris Award Recipient (PDF)

YouTube Interview with local radio

Local newspaper article: Moore Free Clinic Honors Co-Founder