Reed College

The Practice of Political Medicine

Abe Bergman '54 is the recipient of the 2017–2018 Thomas Lamb Eliot Award, recognizing distinguished and sustained achievement by a Reed College graduate.

Abe Bergman is professor emeritus of pediatrics at the University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center, where he served as chief of pediatrics from 1983–2002. He received his MD from Western Reserve University and served in the US Public Health Service in New York before joining the faculty at UW School of Medicine. Bergman's career has focused on the care of underserved children; research in pediatric manpower, sudden infant death syndrome, and injury prevention; and the practice of "political medicine," which employs the political process to improve health at the local, state, and national levels. His political ventures derived from seeing potentially preventable conditions in his practice as a clinician. Bergman is the author of 93 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 10 books.

Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Vollum College Center, Vollum lecture hall
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Faculty & Staff, Students, Alumni, General Public


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