Dr. Bruce Hensel is the Chief Health, Medical and Science Editor/Correspondent for NBC4 Southern California. His award-winning medical pieces can be seen weekdays on the station’s 5PM and 11PM newscasts. “Ask Dr. Bruce,” a segment featuring viewer-submitted health questions answered by the Dr. Hensel, airs Tuesdays and Thursdays on the “NBC4 News at Noon.” His most recent news stories can be viewed here.
During his tenure at the station, Dr. Hensel hosted an array of stand-alone specials, including the Emmy Award-winning “Autism: the Hidden Epidemic,” Bioterrorism: Lines of Defense,” “4 Your Health” and “Health Fax.” His medical pieces often appear on other NBC Owned and Operated Stations.
Dr. Hensel is an award-winning journalist and a practicing physician who is board certified in two specialties - Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. His unique qualifications and ability to convert complicated medical information for a broad audience have made him one of the Country’s most pre-eminent health journalists.
In addition to his work on television, Dr. Hensel is a full Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA, Regional Director for Emergent Medical Associates and Chief Medical Officer of Language Access Network, a medical interpretive services company.
He is also the host of the nationally syndicated call-in radio show, “Take Charge of Your Health with Dr. Bruce.” Dr. Hensel is the author of Smart Medicine: How to Prevent Medical Mistakes and Get the Most Out of Your Medical Care, co-creator/co-executive producer of the highly acclaimed, award-winning documentary “The Opposite Sex,” and is credited as one of the founders of the High Ethics and The Internet Committee, which was formed for the protection of privacy and to insure validity of health information on the internet.
The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Dr. Hensel received a 2010 Los Angeles-area Emmy Award for Best Feature Correspondent and an Edward Kennedy Award for Community Service. He has amassed five other individual Emmys, three show Emmys, three Golden Mikes and two Los Angeles Outfest Film Festival Awards. The American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, the California Medical Association and the City of Los Angeles have also honored him for his outstanding contributions and achievements in health care reporting.
Prior to joining NBC4 in 1987, Dr. Hensel spent five years at NBC in New York. His first on-air reporting position was at KCOP in Los Angeles, where he did a weekly segment called “Dr. Hensel’s Medical Journal.” After that he was the host of the USA Cable show “Alive and Well.”
A graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political theory, Dr. Hensel also studied journalism at both UCLA and Columbia University. He attended medical school at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He received his internship and residency training at Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital and at UCLA.