Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Remembering Dr. Bernhard-Mittemeyer

Remembering Dr. Mittemeyer

Dr. Mittemeyer

With saddened hearts, we extend our deepest condolences to the family of Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, M.D., who passed away Wednesday, January 25, following a brief illness.

Dr. Mittemeyer's life was one of service to his patients, his university, and his country. Despite a military countenance of poignant directness, he earned respect by showing respect to everyone regardless of status.
He joined Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center on November 11, 1986, as a Surgery (urology) Professor and its first Executive Vice President and Provost, providing valuable leadership for the institution. As the university's top leader, one of Dr. Mittemeyer's initial priorities was a public awareness campaign to promote the university and its potential for advancing health care both in the region and statewide as well as being an economic driver for our campus communities. During his four decades with TTUHSC, he helped establish and then served as chief of the Division of Urology, which became the Department of Urology. Dr. Mittemeyer also served as interim president on two occasions and interim dean of the School of Medicine three times. In 2009, the School of Medicine named the urology clinic in his honor.
Dr. Mittemeyer fought valiantly to ensure quality health care for veterans, providing medical care at the Lubbock VA Outpatient Clinic and through his service at TTUHSC. He also helped lead efforts for the clinic's relocation to a new facility, which opened in 2021 across from our Lubbock campus, expanding services and specialty care.
Before he joined TTUHSC, Dr. Mittemeyer served his country for 28 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lieutenant General. He was appointed Surgeon General under President Ronald Reagan, the highest position for physicians serving in the Army. Dr. Mittemeyer's military honors include Distinguished Service Medal, the highest peacetime military award, Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Bronze Star with V Device for Valor.
"Bernie," as he was known to many, lived as an example for us as a great leader and humble servant. Yet, beyond his titles, accomplishments, and service, Dr. Mittemeyer valued people. He often commented that people's skills and compassion are crucial to quality health care.
On February 17, 2023, in Dr. Mittemeyer's honor, the TTUHSC flags on all campuses will fly at half-staff. Additionally, a Celebration of Life event honoring Dr. Mittemeyer is scheduled for March 22, 2023, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Academic Event Center on the Lubbock campus.