Sven Halvar Löfgren
Biography of Sven Halvar Löfgren
Sven Halvar Löfgren was the second of six children born to August Löfgren, a landowner, and Hilma Elasson. He distinguished himself in school and graduated from the gymnasium with outstanding marks. He studied medicine at the Karolinska institute in Stockholm, becoming a medical licentiate in 1935. He defended his doctoral dissertation at the Karolinska institutet on May 18, 1946 and subsequently became a docent - lecturer - of internal medicine. In 1971 the title of professor, an unusual honour in Sweden for a physician practising outside a university department.
Löfgren spent his entire clinical career at St. Görans sjukhus in Stockholm. At first he was deputy head physician, later he succeeded professor Alf Westergren (1891-1968). However, his medical role model was docent Folke Lindstedt, physician-in-chief at the department of internal medicine at St. Göran. He was also influenced by Jörgen Nilsen Schaumann (1879-1953). In 1963 he hosted a highly successful international congress on sarcoidosis in Stockholm.
Löfgren was a shy, reserved man who loved his family and St. Göran's Hospital. His wife was also a physician and the couple had four children.