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In Memoriam

Dr. Bernard G. Satnat-MedMag-S2012Dr. Bernard G. Sarnat, an eminent plastic surgeon and research scientist who made pioneering contributions to the understanding of craniofacial development and the causes of facial deformities, died October 21, 2011. He was 99 years old. Dr. Sarnat held joint appointments in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA School of Dentistry. In 1999, he provided funds to establish the Bernard G. Sarnat Endowed Chair in Craniofacial Biology at the medical school, with an emphasis on the etiology and prevention of craniofacial deformities. Nicknamed the "Dean of Plastic Surgery" by his colleagues, Dr. Sarnat helped establish the Plastic Surgery Research Council more than 50 years ago and was honored with more than 25 prestigious awards from around the world. Dr. Sarnat is survived by his wife Rhoda, son Gerry, daughter Joan, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


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