Author Biographical Info

Dr. Bertner was one of the founders of the Texas Medical Center and was its first president from 1945-1950. He was named by the University of Texas as acting director of the M.D. Anderson Hospital for Cancer Research when that institution was conceived. He was responsible for the professional organization and the operation of the hospital for the first four years of its existence. He served as professor and chairman of the department of gynecology for the Baylor College of Medicine since its establishment in Houston from 1943 until his death in 1950.


MS 002

Publication Date(s)

October 13, 2022




Ernst William Bertner (1889-1950), Hugh Roy Cullen (1881-1957), Jesse Holman Jones (1874-1956), Julia Williams Bertner Naylor, Emanuel Rivici, William D. Seybold, Texas Medical Center Inc. (Houston, Texas), Hugh Hampton Young (1870-1945)


Dr. Bertner, one of founders of the Texas Medical Center in Houston Texas, was its first President from 1945 to 1950. He was also the acting director for the first four years of the existence of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Bertner was active in leading many medical organizations and institutions in the first half of the 20th century in Texas and in the nation. These papers provide information about his life, and to the development of the Texas Medical Center and its institutions. See more at MS 002.


This collection was accessioned and processed in three distinct periods of donation. In 1974 and 1975, Mrs. Julia Williams Bertner Naylor and William D. Seybold, MD donated papers to the Archive in 1974 and 1975. The Collection was organized by Randy Sparks in 1983. In 2006, papers were added to this Collection from the R. Lee Clark, MD papers (MS070). In 2013, Dr. Bertner's great niece, Julie Thurmond, donated materials to the Archive. Find out more at



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