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James Dewey Bisgard Papers

Identifier: MS-030

Scope and Content

The James Dewey Bisgard collection comprises material created by and about Dr. James D. Bisgard. The collection contains article reprints, biographical information, and correspondence.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains information such as Dr. Bisgard’s obituary and copies of his publications dating from 1931 through 1950. Many of his publications dealt with the aspects of surgery and the effects of surgery on the patient. His publications are quite varied and diverse and range from the role of surgery in treating pulmonary tuberculosis to arthritis of the spine and the dissection of the hernia in a rabbit.


  • 1933-1973


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use

Conditions Governing Use

This collection contains copyrighted published material. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity.

Biographical / Historical

James Dewey Bisgard was born on April 17, 1898, in Harlan, Iowa, the son of Dr. James and Mary (Mortensen) Bisgard. He graduated from Harlan High School in 1916. Dr. Bisgard received his BA from the University of Nebraska in 1920. He was awarded the MD degree from Harvard in 1922. Dr. Bisgard completed his internship at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1922-1924. His residency training was at the Albert Merritt Billings Hospital in Chicago from 1930-1932; from 1932-1933, he trained at the University Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1937. Dr. Bisgard was a founding member of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Bisgard was appointed to the University of Nebraska College of Medicine faculty as an instructor in the Department of Surgery on September 1, 1933. On May 1, 1938, he was promoted to Assistant Professor of Surgery, and on July 1, 1945, he became Associate Professor of Surgery. He advanced to Professor of Surgery on February 1, 1948. On July 1, 1969, he was named Professor of Surgery, Senior Consultant.

Dr. Bisgard was on the staff of Omaha hospitals: Clarkson, Immanuel, Methodist, and University Hospital. He was a member of the following professional societies: American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American Medical Association, American Surgical Association, Central Society for Clinical Research, Central Surgery Association, Western Surgical Association, American College of Surgeons, American Federation for Clinical Research, Omaha-Douglas County Medical Society, Nebraska State Medical Society, and Nu Sigma Nu. He also served on the board of the Joslyn Art Museum and was a member of the Omaha Athletic Club.

Dr. Bisgard married Mary Elizabeth Dowling, daughter of H.P. Dowling, president of the Shelby County (Iowa) Savings Bank, on January 5, 1925, in San Francisco, California. The Bisgards had two daughters, Mary Elizabeth Bisgard O’Neal and Karen Blair Bisgard Alexander. For many years Dr. Bisgard’s private practice office was in the Medical Arts Building in downtown Omaha. Dr. Bisgard retired in 1973 and moved to Carmel, California, where he died on April 24, 1975, at the age of 77.


.48 Linear Feet (Legal-Sized Hollinger Box 10360HG [15.75d, 10.25h, 5.75 w inches] extent measured by width)

Language of Materials


Guide to the James Dewey Bisgard Papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description
Edition statement
2nd edition

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Special Collections and Archives Repository

Special Collections and Archives
986705 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha NE 68198-6705 USA