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Obituary – Bruno FAYET

February 1st, 1954 – August 18th, 2022.

We would like to share the very sad news of the sudden death of Bruno FAYET on Friday August 18th, 2022.

Bruno FAYET, MD, FACS, was undoubtedly among the very best French lacrimal surgeons we have known.

First resident, in the eighties, at Paris University Hospital during five years, he then attended a four-year fellowship at the Hôtel-Dieu under the leadership of the well-known Professor Yves POULIQUEN, Member of the Académie française.

During this time, his lacrimal mentor was Doctor Jean-Antoine BERNARD with whom he continued to collaborate for many years.

Then Bruno FAYET greatly improved his field by teaching and training numerous French and International ophthalmologists. Every year, he organized, together with a team, lectures at the Hôtel-Dieu on oculoplastic and lacrimal surgery.

He was invited all over France and Europe to participate in post-graduate programs. In the past years, beside his private practice, he was consultant at the Cochin Hospital in Paris.

In parallel to his educational engagements, he modified, improved, and popularized lacrimal surgery techniques in endonasal DCR as well as in lacrimal intubation. He contributed, with his ENT friend, Doctor Emmanuel RACY, to standardize the endo-nasal DCR in France, and created some new devices, worldwidely used in lacrimal surgery, mainly indicated in congenital lacrimo-nasal duct obstructions of children.

He was involved in many scientific Societies: member of the Parisian Society of Ophthalmology (SOP), vice-president of the French Society of Ophthalmology (SFO), on the Board of the French Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (SOPREF), and full member of the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ESOPRS).

Author of more than seventy-five referenced papers (as well as one hundred unreferenced ones) in lacrimal topics, he was also the co-author of several books among which the 2006 French Ophthalmic Society’ Report, written with Professors Alain DUCASSE, Jean-Paul ADENIS, Jean-Luc GEORGE and me (J.-M. R.), devoted to lacrimal diseases, and participated to the report of Ophthalmic Emergencies edited by Professor Jean-Louis Bourges.

He was, most of all, extremely friendly, open minded, generous with his knowledge, very faithful with his friends, always full of humor and humanity. He will be greatly missed.

The ESOPRS committee and all of his colleagues and friends would like to express their very sincere condolences to his wife, Patricia, and their two sons, Yann and Clément, in these very dark days.

Jean-Marc RUBAN
Fabrice SERRA

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