Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BERNARD KAYE: 1927-2008; He Was a Pioneer of Plastic Surgery He Also Knew His Way around Several Musical Instruments and Was a Fan of Fine Foods

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BERNARD KAYE: 1927-2008; He Was a Pioneer of Plastic Surgery He Also Knew His Way around Several Musical Instruments and Was a Fan of Fine Foods

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Byline: STEVE PATTERSON

Bernard L. Kaye, a nationally prominent plastic surgeon who helped train a generation of Jacksonville surgeons, died Friday at St. Luke's Hospital after intestinal hemorrhaging. He was 80.

Dr. Kaye was one of the first plastic surgeons in Jacksonville, starting his practice in 1962. He was a former president of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons and was part of a panel that investigated the safety of liposuction before it was introduced to the United States.

He was known around the country as a specialist in facial surgery and was chief of plastic surgery at Baptist Medical Center before retiring in the 1990s.

"He was an absolute master. ... He set the standard for cosmetic artistry in a lot of ways," said his son, Robert Kaye.

But in Jacksonville, many people knew Dr. Kaye as a musician who for decades played saxophone at performances of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

"Medicine is just something I do during the day," the doctor joked with a Jacksonville Journal reporter in 1980, when he also was a director and trustee of the Jacksonville Symphony Association. He also played bagpipes, clarinet, flute and other instruments, and provided the cannon fire for a performance of the 1812 Overture. …

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