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HERVE M. BYRON

BYRON-- Herve, M.D. Herve M. Byron, MD., died of natural causes December 15 at his Manhattan home at age 82. Dr. Byron was born in 1930, the son of Peter and Bess Byron. He graduated from Cornell University in 1951 and attended New York Medical Collage, graduating in 1955. Dr. Byron was Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University Medical School. Dr. Byron was in the first group of U.S. ophthalmologists to visit IOL pioneer Cornelious Binkhorst of Holland, in 1967, after which he returned and began to perform IOL implantation. Dr. Byron spent much time and effort teaching other U.S. surgeons how to implant IOLs: these surgeons, many of whom themselves came to be known as IOL pioneers, helped spread the technology around the country and the world. Dr. Byron performed the first triple procedure (cornea transplant, cataract extraction, IOL implantation) ever recorded. Over the course of his career, he lectured and wrote, about implant surgery and its complications, for this he was awarded the Senior Merit Award for Teaching from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Hugh Minor Distinguished Service Award from the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologist, of which he was past president. He was a founding member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and is past president of the New York Intraocular Implant Society. Dr. Byron is survived by his wife, Bryn, his five children Rose (McSween), Marc, Herve II, David and Pia Byron, his brother Stuart Byron, Esq., and seven grandchildren Jenna, Lexi, Kara, Rebecca, Caitlin, Nicole, and Alec. Herve was passionate about family, friends and tennis. Donations in memory of Herve M. Byron MD,can be made to Cornell University "Class of 1951 Scholarship Fund" #0006260 (online at: giving.cornell.edu) (by phone at: 800 279 3099) By check payable to: Cornell University, Box 223623, Pittsburg, PA 15251-2623)


Published in The New York Times on Jan. 6, 2013
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