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Eric Oldberg, American surgeon. Diplomate: American Board Neurological Surgeons. Recipient Hutchinson medal, 1975, Northwestern University Alumni medal, 1953, Chicago medal of merit, 1961, Loyola University citation for civic leadership, 1966.


Oldberg, Eric was born on November 7, 1901 in Evanston, Illinois, United States. Son of Arne and Mary Georgiana (Sloan) Oldberg.


Bachelor of Science, Northwestern University, 1923. Master of Science, Northwestern University, 1926. Doctor of Medicine, Northwestern University, 1927.

Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1928. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Northwestern University, 1961. Doctor of Laws, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1968.

Honorary Doctor of Science, Chicago College Osteopathic Medicine, 1970.


Instructor in physiology, Northwestern University Medical School, 1925-1928; Eliz. J. Ward fellowship in physiology, 1927-1928; surgical house officer, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, 1928; assistant resident surgeon, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, 1929; resident neurological surgeon to, Doctor Harvey Cushing, 1930; Guggenheim traveling fellow, 1930 (resigned); George Gorham Peters traveling fellow, Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, Berlin, Germany and Oxford (England) University, 1930-1931; assistant professor surgery, University of Illinois College Medicine, 1931-1934; associate professor surgery, acting head Department, University Illinois College Medicine, 1934-1936; professor, head department neurology and neurological surgery, University of Illinois College Medicine, 1936-1971. Director neurological division and neurological surgeon Neuropsychiat.

Institute, University of Illinois. Senior attending neurological surgeon, department chairman Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago, until 1970. Senior attending neurological surgeon University of Illinois Hospitals, Chicago, until 1972.

Senior neurological surgeon Hines Veterans Administration Hospital., until 1972. Pres.Chgo. Board Health, 1960-1979. Chairman Mayor's commission Board Education, 1953-1968.

President Chicago Health Research Foundation. Chairman Chicago Regional Commission Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke.


  • Diplomate: American Board Neurological Surgeons.


  • Other Work

    • Associate editor: Journal Neuropathology. Author articles and reviews.


Life trustee Lake Forest College. Board directors Educational television Channel 11, 1953-1962, John Crerar Library. Board directors National Medical Fellowships, president, 1964-1965.

Governor, life member Art Institute Chicago. Member Citizens Board, University Chicago. Life member Chicago Natural History Museum.

Director Chicago Zoological Society. Honorary chairman Chicago Horticultural Society. Advisory board Young Men’s Christian Association Metropolitan Chicago.

President Protestant Foundation Greater Chicago. American College of Surgeons fellow. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association Railway Surgeons, Chicago Surgical Society, American Medical Association, American Neurological Association, American Surgical Association, Association Research in Nervous and Mental Diseases, Central Neuro-Psychiatric Association, Chicago Institute Traumatic Surgery, Chicago Medical Society, Chicago Neurological Society (president 1948), Chicago Pathological Society, Harvey Cushing Society (president 1943), Illinois Medical Society, Institute Medicine Chicago (president 1957, George H. Coleman award 1966), Society Experimental Biology and Medicine, Society Neurological Surgeons, Western Surgical Association, Chicago Orchestra Association (president 1952-1963), Sigma Xi, Alpha Chi Sigma, Alpha Omega Alpha, Phi Rho Sigma (Irving Cutter award 1956) Clubs: University, Cliff Dwellers Chicago, Commercial (president 1962-1963), Lyric Opera (director), Casino, Literary, Wayfarers (Chicago).

Onwentsia (Lake Forest).


Married Hilda Edwards, June 3, 1929 (deceased). 1 child, George Sloan (deceased). Married Mary Swissler, January 2, 1971.

Arne Oldberg

Mary Georgiana (Sloan) Oldberg

Mary Swissler

Hilda Edwards

George Sloan Oldberg (deceased)