We have been notified of the passing of Society Fellows:

Thomas P. Belson, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1983, passed away on October 14, 2020.

Dr. Belson’s obituary can be found here.

Herbert H. Dedo, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1970, passed away on August 5, 2021.

We are sad to report the news of Dr. Herb Dedo’s passing on August 5, 2021.   Dr. Dedo, born in 1933, was 88 years of age.  We are honored to have had Dr. Dedo as a Triological Fellow for 51 years.  He was elected to Triological Fellowship in 1970 and received the Harris P. Mosher Award for his thesis, “The Paralyzed Larynx: An Electromyographic Study in Dogs and Humans”.

Thank you to Dr. Andrew Murr who shared with us a bit of Dr. Dedo’s life history:

Herb was an inveterate innovator and tinkerer who was a renowned laryngologist and head and neck surgeon.  He was responsible for many new techniques and many instrument iterations which made the practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery more facile.  He was a pioneer in adapting the laser to be of precise utility in the difficult to access regions of the airway.  He was an early fellowship trained head and neck oncologic surgeon having spent time in St. Louis at Washington University with Joseph Ogura, MD who himself was a graduate of UCSF.  It was Frank Sooy, MD who gave Herb his first job as an academic otolaryngologist here at UCSF in 1966.

Dr. Dedo spent the vast majority of his academic career at UCSF.  He was a character and was opinionated, but he was always willing to help in difficult clinical situations and had viewpoints based upon vast clinical experience.  Dr. Dedo published a truly elegant surgical atlas called Surgery of the Larynx and Trachea in 1990 that exquisitely outlined his painstaking surgical approaches.  This was in addition to many papers, presentations, chapters, and speaking engagements.  When Herb was in the operating room at UCSF, he often hosted visiting surgeons from around the world.  He was a true pioneer in the treatment of laryngeal dystonias, laryngeal paralysis, and also was a surgeon who was in the forefront of managing recurrent respiratory papillomatosis and laryngeal and tracheal stenosis.  Multiple generations of UCSF OHNS surgeons and students could recite Herb’s approaches to clinical problems by heart.

On a personal level, Herb had many outside interests.  He loved opera and enjoyed introducing others to SF Opera.  He was a member of the Bohemian Club.  He enjoyed reading history books, was fascinated by airplanes (especially World War II fighter aircraft), and also was a sailor.  Herb is survived by his wife, Sigrid Homs Dedo.  His son, Bill, is a physician in Lafayette, LA.

Below are some career highlights for Herb:

University of California, Berkeley Class of 1954
University of California, San Francisco Class of 1958
University of California, San Francisco intern in surgery and resident in otolaryngology, 1959-1963
NIH fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis with Joseph Ogura, MD followed by a year with Dr. Erich Dunker in Hamburg, Germany
Assistant, Associate, and Professor of Otolaryngology at UCSF 1966-2010
Member, American Laryngological Association
Fellow, The Triological Society
Harris P. Mosher Award for his Triological Thesis, 1970
Over 200 invited lectures and honorific presentations

For those who wish to send condolences to his wife, Sigrid Dedo’s address is 1802 Floribunda Ave., Hillsborough, CA 94010

George W. Facer, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1993, passed away on September 24, 2020.

Dr. Facer’s obituary can be found here.

Francis E. LeJeune Jr., MD FACS, a Triological Society Fellow since 1972, passed away on April 15, 2021.

It is with sympathy that we notify our members of the passing of Francis E. LeJeune, Jr., MD, a Triological Society Fellow for nearly 50 years.  Dr. LeJeune was a life long New Orleanian who joined his father on the faculty at Ochsner beginning in 1959.  He later assumed the chairmanship of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, a position he held for decades.  He was the son of Triological Past President, Dr. Francis E LeJeune, Sr., one of the founders of the Ochsner Clinic.  His obituary is available here.

Elie E. Rebeiz, MD FACS, a Triological Society Fellow since 2018, passed away on March 25, 2021.

Dear Triological Society members:  It is with sadness that we share with you news of the untimely passing of Dr. Elie Rebeiz of Boston.  Dr. Rebeiz was welcomed in the Triological Society as a Fellow in 2018.  His friend and colleague, Dr. Andrew Scott, shared this information with us, stating that, due to the pandemic, many outside of Boston were most likely unaware of his illness, which was only diagnosed in December.  I am struck by a reference in his attached obituary “Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1958, Dr. Rebeiz grew up during a tumultuous civil war that sparked his passion for helping those around him”.

From Dr. Andrew Scott: With a heavy heart, I sadly announce the passing of Dr. Elie Rebeiz, the Chairman of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Tufts Medical Center, Boston.  Elie was just 63 years old when he passed away peacefully on March 25th, surrounded by his family, following a 4 month battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.  A passionate educator, skilled surgeon and dedicated father and husband, Dr. Rebeiz served as Otolaryngologist-in-Chief for Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA in a career that spanned 27 years. Elie completed his undergraduate studies in biology and his medical school training at the American University of Beirut, his internship and residency at American University Medical Center, and fellowship training at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Lahey Clinic Hospital. A true generalist, he served Tufts in whatever capacity was required. At any given point acting as the Medical Center’s pediatric otolaryngologist, head and neck ablative surgeon, otologist, laryngologist, or, most notably, our rhinologist and anterior skull base surgeon. Over the last 15 years he built the Otolaryngology service into a thriving staff of 11 subspecialists, all of whom considered it a privilege to work for Elie Rebeiz.  Details of a remembrance and service for Dr. Rebeiz can be found here.  Please keep Elie and his family in your thoughts as we all mourn the loss of a cherished colleague and friend.

William Russell Ries, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 2000, passed away on January 15, 2021.

Dr. Ries’ obituaries can be found here and here.

Clarence T. Sasaki, MD FACS, a Triological Society Fellow since 1979 and 1999 Eastern Section Vice President, passed away on February 4, 2021.

It is with sadness that we notify you that Clarence Sasaki, MD, a Senior Fellow, passed away on February 4, 2021. We know that many of you have been made aware of this by Yale and other societies.

Dr. Sasaki was inducted into the Triological Society in 1979, receiving the Edmund Prince Fowler Award for his thesis “The Development of Laryngeal Function: Etiologic Significance in the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome”. He served the Society in numerous ways including bringing his expertise to program committees. He had a lengthy history of service to the Triological Society, serving as Eastern Section Secretary/Treasurer and, in 1999, as the Vice President.

He will be lauded not only by his colleagues in the Triological Society, but by those in several otolaryngology societies. In addition to being awarded the Edmund Prince Fowler Award for his Triological thesis, he received the Casselberry Award and James E. Newcomb Award from the ALA, the Broyles-Maloney Award and Chevalier Jackson Award from the ABEA.

As noted in communication from ALA, “As Yale’s chief of otolaryngology, Dr. Sasaki had a formative role in training generations of otolaryngology residents and postdoctoral fellows who now have remarkable careers in academic and private medicine. To have remarkable achievements as a master surgeon and an educator, the impact on future generations of otolaryngologists will be well remembered and documents for decades. The ALA is grateful for Dr. Sasaki’s contributions and his loss will be felt by all whose presence he graced.”

Dr. Sasaki was the Charles W. Ohse Professor Emeritus of Surgery (Otolaryngology) and Senior Research Scientist at Yale School of Medicine. His illustrious career is highlighted in his biography from Yale School of Medicine; please also consider signing the Yale Surgery memorial guest book, to be shared with the Sasaki family In Memoriam: Clarence T. Sasaki, MD 1941-2021.

A Celebration of Life service has not been scheduled. Please keep his family in your prayers. Condolences may be forwarded to Halley Hebert, Yale School of Medicine, PO Box 20804, New Haven, CT 06520 or email halley.hebert@yale.edu.

Donald P. Vrabec, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1973, passed away on January 7, 2021.

Dr. J. Scott Greene wrote this of Dr. Vrabec “I was greatly saddened to hear of Dr. Vrabec’s passing.  As my chair (or “chief” as many referred to him as), I have very fond memories of him as a surgeon, educator, leader, and philanthropist.  He provided outstanding surgical care for thousands of head and neck cancer patients.  Out of the compassion of his heart for the burdens of their treatment, he spearheaded the effort to raise the monies needed for and to provide the oversight of the construction of the House of Care, a “Ronald McDonald” sort of house, but for patients coming for extended cancer treatment.  This provided first-class accommodations for them at a nominal fee.  Appropriately, the facility is now known as the Donald P. Vrabec House of Care, a fitting memorial to his passion for his patients.  Closer to those of us whom he trained (and to some of us who joined the department), under his leadership the Davison Library was renovated into what is one of the most attractive libraries in the Geisinger Health System.   Although named for the founder of the department, Dr. Francis Davison, it also is a tribute to Dr. Vrabec’s leadership and sacrificial efforts to provide a dedicated space to further resident education in the department.  Former patients of Dr. Vrabec continue to ask me about him and to praise him in the highest terms.  We will all miss him greatly.”

Dr. Vrabec’s obituary can be found here.

Fellows Memorialized at April 9, 2021 Business Meeting