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PASSINGS: Bernard G. Sarnat

PASSINGS: Bernard G. Sarnat

Bernard G. Sarnat

Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, research scientist

Dr. Bernard G. Sarnat, 99, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and research scientist who advanced the study of facial deformities, died of respiratory failure Oct. 21 in Los Angeles, his family said.

Trained as a doctor and a dentist, Sarnat researched the biological circumstances that lead to facial deformities. His findings influenced the development of reconstructive surgical procedures, according to Pete E. Lestrel, author of a 2008 biography of Sarnat.

Sarnat also conducted significant research in the general field of bone and craniofacial biology and on the relationship of...