Van Bergen Lectureship Dinner
Keynote speaker: Cynthia A. Wong, MD, University of Iowa
About Frederick Hall Van Bergen, MD
Dr. Van Bergen was born in Minneapolis, MN, September 21, 1914. He attended St. Thomas Military Academy in St. Paul from which he graduated cum laude in 1933. He then entered St. Thomas College and then the University of MN where he received four degrees, Bachelor of Science, 1940, Bachelor of Medicine, 1941; Doctor of Medicine, 1942 and Master of Science, 1952.
Following his internship in the United States Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Washington, he was assigned to the 13th Naval Construction Battalion with duty in Alaska, Pearl Harbor, Tinian and
After discharge from the Navy, he again returned to the University of MN to begin his training under Dr. Ralph Knight as a resident in anesthesiology. Upon completion of his residency in 1948, Dr. Van Bergen joined the faculty as an instructor. He was eventually promoted to professor and appointed Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology in 1955.
On March 26, 1954, he enjoyed the distinction of serving as Anesthesiologist for the first successful open-heart surgical procedure in which total cardiopulmonary by-pass was employed.