Dr. Wayne Cruse is a plastic surgeon in the Department of Cutaneous Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center. He is a professor of surgery and director of the burn fellowship program at the University of South Florida.
His research interests include cutaneous oncology, melanoma, Merkel cell cancer, sarcoma, wounds, treatment for severe burns and cancer reconstruction.
Dr. Cruse received his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed a residency in surgery at the University of South Florida, followed by a plastic surgery residency at the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Cruse has been affiliated with Moffitt since 1986 and was chief of the section of plastic surgery from 1986-1990. In addition, he was the associate director of Cutaneous Oncology at Moffitt from 2000-2005. He also served as medical director of the Tampa Bay Regional Burn Center at Tampa General Hospital for six years.
A member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Association of Plastic Surgeons and the American Burn Association, Dr. Cruse served as the assistant commander of burn specialty team 2 with the National Disaster Management System, Department of Homeland Security from 2004-2005.
He has been a guest speaker at numerous medical conferences and has been widely published, including authoring two chapters in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Essentials for Students for the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation.