PEOPLE OF THE POINT: JACK BERGMAN
The sixth person to be featured in the People of the Point segment is Dr Jack Bergman from Bergman, Ross & partners Radiologists.
Whilst running a very busy business as well as his continuous work in the growth of radiological business across Africa, you’d think he’d be a very stressed out guy…apparently, not!
Dr Bergman is a positive person who doesn’t let much get to him, let’s learn more about him here.
How would you explain radiology to someone?
There are many different facets to radiology which include plain X-rays, ultrasound, mammography, bone mineral densitometry, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT & MRI scanning. The appropriate use of these modalities, either alone or in combination, allows for identifying a multitude of diseases.
What is special about your rooms at the Point?
At The Point, we have attempted to make the rooms aesthetically pleasing, hand-picked the staff for the requirements of the residents of the suburbs we serve.
What is the most satisfying thing about your profession?
To make appropriate diagnoses and thereby hopefully improve patient outcomes.
What studies are pursued for your qualification?
In my day it was a medical degree of 6 years, followed by an internship, and then a 4-year period in a teaching hospital/university specialising in Radiology. Nowadays community service is a requirement. Sub-specialist qualifications could follow on the radiology degree.
How has radiology changed?
With the advent of the technological explosion, radiology has changed & continues to change remarkably. The profession I specialised in 25 odd years ago is vastly different from the imaging we do today. In many instances almost unrecognisable from 25 years ago.
Radiology has gone from an analogue environment to digital. Not only has this improved quality but allowed for the transfer of imaging to distant sites for reporting an ability that Bergman, Ross & Partners has utilised to transport images to a central location for reporting not only from radiological practices spread around South Africa but from as far afield as Ghana.
What are you interested in when you aren’t a radiologist?
I have been very fortunate enough to be able to be involved in the development of radiological business. Together with my core management team, we have evolved practices around South Africa and into the African continent. What little time I have left over I spend with my family. I enjoy the outdoors and when I can I get out into the “bush” to see the world in its natural state.
What is your favourite spot in Sea Point/Cape Town?
Cape Town & surrounds, and all the facets that go with living in Cape Town, are all my favourite “spots”. I am fortunate enough to live on the slopes of Signal Hill and my home, looking over the vastness of Table Bay, is definitely a favourite.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I would like to think of myself as a very positive person. “Glass half full rather than half empty” is the way I would like to be seen from the outside. Very little stresses me.
Bergman, Ross & Partners (BR&P)
Tel: +27 21 110 5777
Address: Suite 306, 3rd Floor, The Point, Sea Point