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educator , Cardiothoracic surgeon

Viking Olov Björk, Swedish cardiothoracic surgeon, educator. Recipient Swedish-American Foundation Zorn scholarship, 1950, Knight of St. Charles, Monaco, 1957, Royal Order of Northern Star, Sweden, 1966, Commendatore nell ordine merito della Republica Italiana, 1974, Distinguished Physician award, 1979.

Background

Björk, Viking Olov was born on December 3, 1918 in Sunnansjö, Sweden. Son of Karl Adolf and Erika Louisa (Wikström) Björk.

Education

License Medicine, Lund University, Sweden, 1944. Doctor of Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, 1948. Doctor of Medicine (honorary), Aristoteles University, Thessaloniki, Greece, 1978.

Doctor of Medicine (honorary), Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary, 1983.

Career

Intern Surgical Clinic, University Hospital, Lund, 1944. Clinical assistant Bromptons Hospital for Diseases of Chest, London, 1945. Resident surgery Sabbatsberg Hospital, Stockholm, 1946-1949, resident Surgical Clinic, 1951.

Chief assistant thoracic surgery Sabbatsberg and Karolinska hospitals, 1952-1957. Associate professor thoracic surgery Karolinska Institute, 1949. Professor thoracic surgery University Uppsala, Sweden, 1962, chief thoracic surgery, 1958-1966.

Professor thoracic & cardiovascular surgery Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, 1966-1983, professor, 1983—2009. Chief thoracic and cardiovascular surgery Karolinska Hospital, 1966-1983. Director research Heart Institute of Desert, Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, California, 1983-1990.

Physician, professor on contract University Siena, Italy, 1982. Visiting professor thoracic and cardiac surgery University Southern California, Los Angeles, 1984-1990. Visiting professor cardiac surgery University Siena, 1984.

Honorary professor surgery University Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1981.

Membership

Board directors Heineman Medical Research Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1986. Fellow German Surgical Association, Society Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery of Great Britain and Ireland, American Surgical Association (honorary), American College Cardiology (honorary), Corespondant etranger dans la Ileme Division. Member American Association Thoracic Surgery (honorary), European Society Cardiovascular Surgery (president 1981-1982), Scandinavian Association Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (president 1982), Spanish Association Cardiovascular Surgery, Polish Surgical Association, Italian Surgical Association, Association Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Asia, Helenic Surgical Society, Accademico nella Accademia Romana, Society de Chirurgie Thoracique et Cardio-Vascularie de Langue Francaise, Brasilian Association Research and Development Heart Surgery, Royal Australasian College Surgeons (honorary member cardiothoracic surgery division 1987).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Slalom, cross country skiing, golf.

Connections

Married Ingegerd Ebba Christina Laurell. Children: Agneta, Christina, Anne (deceased), Anders.

father:
Karl Adolf Björk

mother:
Erika Louisa (Wikström) Björk

spouse:
Ingegerd Ebba Christina Laurell

children:
Agneta Björk

Christina Björk

Anne Björk (deceased)

Anders Björk