Dr. Bergen received her M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine in 1983. After completing a general surgical residency in 1988 and a fellowship in Trauma/Critical Care in 1989 at UT Southwestern, Dr Bergen joined the general surgery faculty. Her primary clinical interests are advanced laparoscopy, hernia and gastrointestinal surgery, trauma and surgical critical care; her practice is based at UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Parkland Hospital. She was appointed Director of Student Education in Surgery in July, 1999 and served as Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Training Program from 1996 until 2005. Dr. Bergen completed the Surgical Education Research Fellowship sponsored by the Association for Surgical Education, a two-year program (April, 1997 - April, 1999), to develop the educational research skills of surgeons. She is also a graduate of the "Surgeons as Educators" course. She has served on institutional committees, including the Admissions Committee, the Curriculum Committee and the Student Promotions Committee and as Chairman of the Medical Executive committee of University Hospital Zale-Lipshy. She has been instrumental in developing modules for learning/teaching basic technical and advanced laparoscopic skills in an inanimate setting and in establishing reliable and valid performance appraisal systems for faculty, residents and students. Educational research interests include: performance appraisal, teaching and learning technical skills, and gender related/life-style studies in surgery. The focus of her academic and professional activities includes surgical education, performance improvement, clinical safety and effectiveness and systems engineering to reduce errors in medical care. After serving as the first Chief Medical Officer for UT Southwestern University Hospitals for 4 years, Dr. Bergen returned to full time clinical practice and teaching in January, 2009 with an emphasis on Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.


Medical School
Emory University School of Medicine (1983)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1984), General Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1988), General Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1989), Trauma/critical Care

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Appendectomy
  • Gallstones/Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
  • Hernia Repair
  • Publications

    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    Comparison of video trainer and virtual reality training on acquisition of laparoscopic skills
    Hamilton EC, Scott DJ, Fleming JB, Rege RV, Laycock R, Bergen PC, Tesfay ST, Jones DB Surg Endoscopy March 2002 16 406-411
    Improving operative performance using a laparoscopic hernia simulator
    Hamilton EC, Scott DJ, Kapoor A, Nwariaku F, Bergen PC, Rege RV, Tesfay ST, Jones DB Am J Surg 2001 182 725-728
    Evaluating Surgical Competency Using ABSITE, Skill Testing and Intra-Operative Assessment
    Scott DJ, Valentine RJ, Bergen PC, Rege RV, Laycock R, Tesfay ST, Jones DB Surgery October 2000 128(4) 613-622
    Measuring Operative Performance After Laparoscopic Skills Training: Edited Videotape versus Direct Observation
    Scott DJ, Rege RV, Bergen PC, Guo WA, Laycock R, Tesfay ST, Valentine RJ, Jones DB J. Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech October 2000 10(4) 183-190
    Laparoscopic Training on Bench Models: Better and More Cost Effective than Operating Room Experience?
    Scott DJ, Bergen PC, Rege V, Laycock R, Tesfay ST, Valentine RJ, Euhus DM, Jeyarajah DR, Thompson WM, Jones DB J Am College of Surgeons September 2000 191(3) 272-283

    Honors & Awards

    • Texas Super Doctors, 2004-2011
      Texas Monthly (2011)
    • Southwestern Academy of Teachers
      Distinguished Teaching Professor (2009)
    • Association of Women Surgeons
      President (2007)
    • Student Teaching - UT Southwestern
      Special Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Student Teaching (2005)
    • Resident Teaching - UT Southwestern
      Special Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Resident Teaching, Surgery (2003)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • American College of Physician Executives
    • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
    • Association for Surgical Education
    • Association of Women Surgeons
    • Southwestern Surgical Congress