Fritz K. Beller, MD

Fritz Beller

(March 12, 2008)

Fritz Karl Beller began his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the City Hospital of Karlsruhe, and he followed his Chairman Prof. Hans Römer who became Chair of the University in Giessen. In 1960 F. Beller went as a Guest Professor to New York University and within 2 years became a full Professor there. In 1973 he declined the chairmanship at Stony Brook Medical School to go to the University of Münster in Germany as the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology where he remained until 1988, when he took an Endowed Chair at the University of Iowa.

Prof. Beller is the author of 450 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals including. His main fields of research were thrombosis and bleeding disorders in pregnancy and gram negative sepsis and shock. He was a member of the Society for Experimental Pathology. Together with Ian MacGillivray he founded the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP). He was co-editor of the book The Biology of the Female Genital Tract.

He performed many radical surgeries and about 850 operations for breast cancer and was a firm advocate for keeping breast diseases within the area of Gynaecology for diagnosis and treatment.

He became well known for a series of international congresses in Germany which always had American guest speakers. It was one of Prof. Beller’s ambitions to share the knowledge of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists with Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in Germany by translating the Technical Bulletins of ACOG into German. Prof. Beller was able to inspire a number of students and young doctors to go into academic medicine and many of his associates later became Chairs of major departments in Germany.

When he celebrated his 80th birthday in his new home in Florida a dozen gynaecologists and obstetricians from Germany, whose mentor he had been, travelled to the United States. He truly tried to link the two sides of the ocean in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology.

Submitted by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Holzgreve, MS, FACOG, FRCOG, MBA

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