Dorothy and Judson Rikkers Lecture

Layton F. Rikkers, MD

Layton (Bing) F. Rikkers, MD

Layton (Bing) F. Rikkers, MD, a native of Fon du Lac, Wisconsin obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He went to medical school at Stanford University.

Dr. Rikkers continued with his surgical training at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City. During his residence he completed a Research Fellowship in Hepatology with Dame Shelia Sherlock at the Royal Free Hospital in London, England. Following his surgical training, Dr. Rikkers completed a Fellowship in Surgical Hepatology at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Dr. Rikkers then returned to Utah where he spent 2 years as a Research Associate at the Salt Lake Veteran Administration Hospital. He rose through the academic ranks becoming a Chairman of the Division of General Surgery in 1983.

In 1984 Dr. Rikkers came to  the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  During his tenure at UNMC, Dr. Rikkers demonstrated immense support for Department of Surgery, the College of Medicine and the University as a whole.  Among his numerous contributions to the University, is his more than ten years of service to the Department of Surgery as Chairman from 1984 to 1995.  He also served as Interim Dean for the College from 1991 through 1993 and in 1990 he was named the M.M. Musselman Professor of Surgery.

He then became the A.R. Curreri Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1996.  Dr. Rikkers remained at the University of Wisconsin until his retirement. 

In 2001, Dr. Rikkers was invited back to UNMC to become the first speaker for the Dorothy and Jusdon Rikkers Lectureship.

In their honor...
In 1986 Dr. Layton Rikkers and his wife, Diane (DeeDee), established an endowed fund with the University of Nebraska Foundation during the Pyramids for the Future Campaign. The Dorothy and Judson Rikkers Research and Educational Fund was established in honor of Dr. Rikkers' parents.  It supports all clinical, educational, and research advances for the Department of Surgery, which in more recent years, includes the Dorothy and Judson Rikkers Lecture.  Dr. Rikkers understood the importance of inviting outside experts in the field to the University to share their insights.  He saw this as a valuable means to stimulate additional research programs.  

Historic guest lecturers:

2014    Michael G. Sarr, MD

*lectureship was held twice in 2012
but was not held in 2013

2012    Nathaniel Soper, MD

2012    Daniel T. Dempsey, MD

2011    Thomas Cogbill, MD

2010    Kenric M. Murayama, MD

2009    Merril Dayton, MD

2006    Bruce Harms, MD

2005    William P. Schecter, MD

2002    Frank Moody, MD

2001    Layton F. Rikkers, MD