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Obituary
February 2000

Jorge N. Buxton, MD (1921-1999)

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(2):301. doi:10.1001/archopht.118.2.301

Jorge N. Buxton, MD, distinguished corneal surgeon, died February 15, 1999, at the age of 77 years.

Jorge N. Buxton, MD

Jorge N. Buxton, MD

Dr Buxton was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1921. He graduated from Champagnat, St George's College, and the National University of Buenos Aires Medical School and completed his internship at Ramos Mejia Hospital. He emigrated to New York, NY, with his wife Amalia in 1947 and served an internship at St Clare's Hospital. He completed the basic science course in ophthalmology at New York University Medical School and took his residency in ophthalmology at Newark Eye and Ear Infirmary and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Jorge was an associate of Conrad Berens, MD, Britain F. Payne, MD, and Ramon Castroviejo, MD, from 1955 to 1957. He served in the US Air Force in Wiesbaden, Germany, attaining the rank of major. After his military services were completed, Jorge returned to New York, NY, and established his practice at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. In 1963, he was appointed surgeon-director and director of the corneal service. Later he became executive surgeon and chair of the medical board.

During his career, Dr Buxton served as clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the New York Medical College. He was a consultant in ophthalmology to numerous hospitals in New York, and to the US Food and Drug Administration. In addition, he was a director of eye banks in New York, New Jersey, Buenos Aires, and Tissue Banks International.

Dr Buxton was a member of several national and international ophthalmology societies. He received numerous awards, including the Honor and Senior Honor Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, an award from the Order of St John, and a citation by the US Food and Drug Administration, as well as being named a distinguished alumnus of New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He also gave several named lectures, including the Kevin Touhy Lecture (1975), the Arturo Grullon Memorial Lecture (1976), the Sylvio de Abreu Fialho Memorial Lecture (1978), and the 11th Conrad Berens Lecture (1979).

Jorge is survived by his beloved wife, Amalia, and his sons Douglas, a corneal surgeon and lecturer, and George, an investment banker. In his later life, Jorge survived several malignant neoplasms and illnesses, but continued to work and never lost either his smile or the twinkle in his eyes.

The entire ophthalmology world will miss Jorge Buxton, MD.

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