Dr. Eva Gilbertson and Blanche in Seattle
A Woman of Firsts
Eva Gilbertson, M.D. (BS Med ‘39) is used to GOING FIRST. Raised on a farm near Maddock, ND, she was the only woman in her medical class at UND, the first female to complete the radiology residency program at Mayo Clinic, and upon her graduation – the first female radiologist in the state of Washington.
Dr. Gilbertson takes this journey of firsts in stride, recalling a double major at UND, with home economics as a back-up to medicine – just in case they wouldn’t let a woman into the program! Well, she did get in, “and from then on,” she laughs, “I’ve left the cooking to someone else.”
She completed her medical degree at Temple University, and both her residency and fellowship at Mayo Clinic’s radiology program.”
With gifts and a pledge in excess of $5 million she established an endowed chair at her Alma Mater in August that will provide the first step for a Department of Geriatrics, a much needed
Health care delivery is different for older people. Their needs are different, and if the aging population is growing and medicine doesn’t react – who will be there to serve this public?
service to this rural state with a higher than national average of aging population. The Eva L. Gilbertson, M.D., Distinguished Chair of Geriatrics will support education and research in geriatrics. Well aware of the special medical needs of the elderly, Dr. Gilbertson’s intent is for the endowment to fund a nationally recognized, board certified geriatrician who will train and mentor students, conduct research relevant to this population base and provide medical services to citizens in the region. The title “distinguished chair” is the highest academic position a faculty member can hold.
Though retiring years ago from a long and successful private
practice in Seattle, WA, Dr. Eva Gilbertson is still astute in the field of radiology. She remains abreast of new techniques and procedures, reading professional journals and following advancements in radiological education.
For more information, contact:
Blanche E. Abdallah
Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations
School of Medicine & Health Sciences
501 North Columbia Road Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202
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