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Published February 09 2010

MeritCare gift honors Dr. Roger Gilbertson

Sanford Health-MeritCare and the University of North Dakota Foundation announced Monday a $1.5 million gift to establish the Dr. Roger Gilbertson Endowed Chair of Neurology at the UND medical school.

“The foresight and generosity of friends like Sanford Health-MeritCare is providing this university its margin of excellence,” said Tim O’Keefe, executive vice president of the UND Foundation.

“And in honoring Dr. Gilbertson in this fashion, there will also be permanent recognition of his commitment to quality medical education in North Dakota.”

Gilbertson, a neuroradiologist, served as MeritCare’s chief executive since its founding in 1993 until he retired last year after 30 years with the health system.

“Working together with the University of North Dakota and Sanford University of South Dakota medical schools, we can be a national model for the future training of physicians and health professionals,” said Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sanford Health-MeritCare’s chief executive.

“This endowment gift exemplifies (Roger Gilbertson’s) vision and the person it honors.”