He was born to John and Lucy DeBoer in Gallatin County, Montana on July 2, 1917 and died on July 31, 2007 at the age of 90.
DeBoer is one of the pioneer cardiac surgeons in Chicago and was on staff at Wesley Memorial Hospital (later called Northwestern University Hospital). DeBoer was the hospital's first chief of cardiothoracic surgery, and performed the first open heart operation at Wesley Memorial Hospital in 1958. He was also a pioneer in research on congenital heart defects.
The cardiovascular programs at Wesley and Passavant Hospitals were integrated in 1970 with the merger of the two institutions.
DeBoer was a member of Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society and the International Society for Vascular Specialists.
He graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1946 and after serving his internship at Wesley Hospital he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Asia.
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