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Jacques Bergman was born on 25 April 1965 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He grew up in Noord-Brabant in the South of the Netherlands.
Between 1983 and 1991 he studied medicine at the University of Utrecht, and was actively involved in several studentsí organizations. After his medical exam in 1991, he worked from 1992 to 1995 as a research fellow at the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam. During this period he was also trained as a clinical epidemiologist (Professor Jan Tijssen).
Between 1995 and 1998 Dr Bergman undertook internships in internal medicine at the Bosch Medicentrum in Ďs Hertogenbosch (Drs Jos Burghouts and Patrick Netten). In 1997, he obtained his PhD for his thesis entitled "Endoscopic management of gallstone disease" (Professors Guido Tytgat and Jan Tijssen).
Dr Bergman received his training as a gastroenterologist at the AMC (Head: Professor Guido Tytgat) from January 1998 until December 2000. During this period he focused on ERCP (Professor Kees Huibregtse) and EUS (Dr Paul Fockens). He joined the staff at the AMC in January 2001.
His clinical work many relates to interventional endoscopy (endoscopic mucosal resection, photodynamic therapy, ERCP and EUS). His research work mainly relates to the esophagus, especially the early diagnosis of cancer and dysplasia using new endoscopic imaging techniques (e.g. fluorescence endoscopy, optical coherence tomography), and the endoscopic treatment of these lesions (endoscopic mucosal resection, photodynamic therapy).
Jacques Bergman married Cynthia Kluitmans in 1992 and they have two sons, Pepijn (1994) and Diederik (1996).
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- In the last year of my medical training I performed a decision analysis study comparing cholecystectomy with Extracorporeal Shock-Wave Lithotripsy for treatment of cholecystolithiasis. This raised my interest in gastroenterology and clinical epidemiology. I then got the opportunity to work as a research fellow at the Department of Gastroenterology and the Department of Clinical Epidemiology of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, on studies relating to the endoscopic treatment of gallstone disease. It was in this "Valhalla of Gastroenterology" that I decided that I would become a gastroenterologist.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- There are several: Jos Burghouts, internist at the Bosch Medical Center, who showed me how good clinical medicine can be combined with true involvement with your patients. Guido Tytgat, head of the department of Gastroenterology of the AMC in Amsterdam, for his energy, enthusiasm, intelligence, and complete coverage of the field of gastroenterology. My trainers at the AMC: Kees Huibregtse, for his magical skills in pancreaticobiliary endoscopy; Joep Bartelsman for his good sense of humor and his remarkable "clinical eye"; and Paul Fockens and Erik Rauws for their patience in teaching me how to become a skilled endosonografist (Paul) and interventional endoscopist (Erik).
- Which research paper influenced you the most?
- The book "Clinical Epidemiology" by David Sackett is without doubt the best medical book I have ever read. It is the true basis of evidence-based medicine, and should be read be every practicing physician and medical scientist!
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- Aquavit is the only drink that goes with raw herring.
- What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
- Having too much of the aforementioned.
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- To take a horseback riding tour across Iceland.
- What is your greatest regret?
- "RegretsÖ I had a fewÖ but then again, too few to mention" (F. Sinatra).
- How do you relax?
- Playing with my kids. Long dinners with friends.
- What is your favorite sport?
- After I got married, I stopped bungee jumping, ski-safaris, stunt flying, white water rafting, and deep sea diving (all nothing compared to a regular visit to see my mother-in-law). I settled down to soccer and hockey. The latter is very popular in the Netherlands: the Dutch Menís Hockey team took the Olympic gold medal in Atlanta and in Sydney. Here are my 3 best sportís moments. Best sportís moment 1: Diego Armando Maradonaís scoring run along six players of the English National Team, in the semi-finals of the World Championships Soccer in Mexico 1986. Best sportís moment 2: The Dutch Menís Volleyball team beating Italy in the fifth set to take the golden medal at the 1996 Olympics. Best sportís moment 3: Marco van Bastenís winning goal against Germany in the last minute of the semi-finals of the European Championships Soccer, in Germany 1988.
- What is your best place in the world?
- Anywhere where the sun shines, my kids can play, and my wife and I can enjoy a good glass of white wine.
- What is your favorite film?
- "The Unbearable Lightness of Being", "The Godfather (I)", and most of Monty Python's work.
- What car do you drive?
- Anything, as long as it keeps me dry and gets me where I want to go.
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- Olympus Camedia Digital Camera C-3030 Zoom.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone". (The best excuse there is: before reading it to my kids!)
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- One simple e-mail from Roy Pounder was enough. The site has developed at an impressive speed and has become the best start-up page you can wish as a gastroenterologist!