01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

Dr. Victor H. van Berkel received his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 2003. Since then, he has built his experience in the field of thoracic surgery, finishing a residency and fellowship for general surgery and cardiothoracic vascular surgery.

During his time at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Dr. van Berkel has served as Associate Professor, Chief of General Thoracic Surgery and Director of the Lung Transplant Program. He continues to expand and share his knowledge through various affiliations, such as acting as a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgery and reviewing medical content. Currently, he practices at Louisville’s Jewish Hospital, Rudd Heart and Lung Center.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Specialty: Cardiovascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Esophagus and Lung Surgery, Lung Cancer and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certification Tufts University School of Medicine Citation for Excellence in Teaching, Resident Teacher of the Year for University of Louisville CT Fellowship Program in 2014

Education & Experience:

  • Medical Degree from the Washington University School of Medicine
  • Residency for General Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship for Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital
03. Publications


Identification of a Gammaherpesvirus Selective Chemokine Binding Protein That Inhibits Chemokine ActionJournal of Virology. April 2000. doi: 10.1128/JVI.74.15.6741-6747.2000

Critical role for a high-affinity chemokine-binding protein in γ-herpesvirus–induced lethal meningitisThe Journal of Clinical Investigation. April 2002. doi: 10.1172/JCI14358