Daniel Bergsagel, MD passed away peacefully at Mount Sinai Hospital after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Joyce (nee Sigurdson); brother John, sister Marion Twyman; daughter Karin; sons Paul, John, Leif; grandchildren Bram and Ben Isgur, Parker, Davis, Caroline, Matteo, and Marco.
Dr. Bergsagel attended Outlook College and Camrose Lutheran College before obtaining his medical degree from the University of Manitoba. After pursuing training in internal medicine and hematology under Dr. Max Wintrobe at the University of Utah, he completed his D.Phil at Oxford University. He began his career in hematology at the M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, becoming a pioneer in medical oncology, and world renowned for developing the first effective treatment for multiple myeloma. He was physician-in-chief at the Princess Margaret Hospital from 1964 to 1991. He remained active in myeloma research even in retirement. He was an Emeritus Professor of the University of Toronto and Member of the Order of Canada. He was the first recipient of the Waldenström Award for myeloma research.
Dr. Bergsagel served on the Investigational New Drug Committee, Clinical Trials Group of the National Cancer Institute of Canada as a member of the Specialty Committee on Medical Oncology of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and was Chairman of the Medical Review Committee of the Gairdner Foundation. He was a widely published author having contributed extensively to the original and review literature on hematologic malignancies. He was a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and a member of the editorial boards of Medical and Pediatric Oncology, Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology, and Blood.
He loved his work but was also a "bon vivant" and equally loved to entertain, sing, travel and visit family and friends.
A funeral service will be held at Saint Ansgar Lutheran Church, 1498 Avenue Road, North York on Wednesday, October 24 at 2:00 pm. Reception to follow at home.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation http://www.pmhf-uhn.ca/.
Images of his life can be seen, and notes and comments shared at http://daniel_bergsagel.legacy.com.
Note: Thanks to Karin Bergsagel for information about his passing.