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July 2008 Volume 32 No. 7
Microsurgery pioneer
Harry Buncke dies at 85


Harry Buncke, a pioneer in the field of microsurgery who helped train many surgeons at Stanford over the years, died May 18 in San Francisco at the age of 85.

Buncke’s association with Stanford began in 1958 when he became an adjunct faculty member, teaching scores of surgeons-in-training. Most recently, he served as a clinical associate professor of surgery.

Buncke, known as “the father of microsurgery” for his development of tools and techniques in the field, also trained surgeons at UC-San Francisco.

The Web site for Buncke’s foundation notes he helped perform the first microvascular transplants at Stanford, UCSF, Davies Medical Center, UC-Irvine, San Francisco General Hospital, Johns Hopkins and NYU, among others.

He is survived by his wife, Constance, of Hillsborough; sons Greg of Hillsborough, Geoff of Portland, Ore., and Paul of Tahoe City; daughter Adele of Hillsborough; and six grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Buncke Microsurgical Foundation, 101 N. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA, 94402.

—Courtesy Medical Center Report