Dr. Myles M. Behrens
BEHRENS - Dr. Myles M., a world - renowned neuro-ophthalmologist and co-chief of the neuro-ophthalmology clinic at the Harkness Eye Institute at New York Presbyterian Hospital until his retirement in 2011, died Friday in Boca Raton, Florida. He was 80 years old and had been a longtime resident of Jericho, Long Island until several years ago. He received the prestigious Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Award in 1986 for his leadership and teaching excellence as well as his significant clinical and research contributions to the field of neuro-ophthalmology. He had himself been an honored Heed Fellow in 1970. Dr. Behrens graduated magna cum laude from Yale University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Predeceased by his loving parents, Dr. Alvin Behrens and Mrs. Anne Figman as well as his sister, Susan Borkow, he is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mrs. Marsha Behrens of Boca Raton, Florida; his son Dr. Adam Behrens and his wife, Elle Behrens, of San Francisco, California; a daughter, Michelle Heller and her husband Michael Heller, of Massapequa, New York; and two step-sons, Dr. Cary Siegel and his wife Emily Jonas Siegel of North Salem, New York and Dean Garret Siegel and his wife, Alexandra Ernst, of Arlington, Vermont. He had nine grandchildren - Cooper, Katie, Brooke, Sarah, Zachary, Ben, Jake, Grant and Shepard - all of whom he dearly loved.


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Dr. Behrens was a treasure. We met him when my son was initially diagnosed with NF2, and he was a steadfast voice in the chaotic waters we were in the midst of - his brilliance and low key manner are what kept us sane for so many years.
Barbara Franklin
Acquaintance
December 3, 2020
I worked with Dr. Behrens summers during college and then while in medical school. He thought that the eye was the window to the brain - and that guided my exploration of neuroscience; an to an eventual PhD. He will be missed. -Brad Poulos
Bradford Poulos
March 20, 2020
Bradford Poulso
March 20, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 15, 2019
My sincere condolences to you all during this time of great loss.

P.M. kopelman
April 12, 2019
Marsha: I am so very sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort be with you in your time of need.
MT
April 11, 2019
Our hearts are broken. Rest in peace, dear Myles. Your light will shine on.
Carol and Lewis
April 10, 2019
Brilliant is an understatement in regard to Myles. He will be missed.
Phil Lille
April 9, 2019
Sending you my sympathy and know that Myles will live on in all who knew him---family, friends and patients. His amazing accomplishments will be remembered. Carol Ruttner
Carol Ruttner
April 9, 2019
I'm truly sorry for your loss.My God in his loyal love & compassion lift you thorough your grief Isaiah 63:9,10. Deepest condolences.
F.B.
April 9, 2019
To his loving family and friends. My most deepest condolence, and may our loving god give great comfort to all. Psalms 9:9
April 9, 2019
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