Friday, September 30th, 2011
Robert Bruce Bergmann, M.D.
It is with deepest regret that we mourn the passing of our esteemed colleague and friend on September 21, after a lengthy illness.
Dr. Bergmann joined the Medical Society in 1961 and served faithfully for 50 years. A graduate of Rutgers University, Dr. Bergmann received his M.D. degree from The State University of New York – Brooklyn in 1948 and thus began his long and distinguished career in medicine.
Dr. Bergmann interned at Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn in 1948-49, continued his ophthalmology education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School in 1949-50, and completed his residency training at Brooklyn Eye and Ear Hospital from 1950 to 1952. From 1952 to 1955, he served as a Captain in the United States Air Force before entering private practice in 1955 in Massapequa where he continued to practice until just recently.
Dr. Bergmann was a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a Life Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Life Member of the American Medical Association. His hospital affiliations included New Island and Syosset Hospitals, and Brunswick Hall where he was President of the Executive Medical Board and the Hospital Medical Staff.
In addition to his national society affiliations, Dr. Bergmann was a Past President of the Nassau County Medical Society and a Fellow and Past President of the Nassau Academy of Medicine as well as Past President of the NAM Section on Ophthalmology. Dr. Bergmann also chaired the NCMS Board of Censors and served on the Executive Committee and the Academy Board of Trustees.
Dr. Bergmann served on many committees of the Medical Society of the State of New York including MSSNY Councilor, President of the Second District Branch, MSSNY Delegate since 1985, Alternate Delegate to the AMA, and member of the Physician Discipline and Membership Committees. He also served as a member of the NY State Board for Professional Medical Conduct for 12 years.
Dr. Bergmann was a Past President of the Long Island Ophthalmology Society and recipient of the New York State Ophthalmology Society 2004 Hobie Award for Lifetime Service.
Most recently Dr. Bergmann was honored as the 2010 Recipient of the Sidney Mishkin, MD Lifetime Distinguished Service Award from The Nassau County Medical Society.
Dr. Bergmann served on the Massapequa Board of Education, where he served as President.
All who were blessed to know him will sorely miss his indomitable spirit and his passion for the profession he loved so deeply and strove to preserve.
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