Dr. George Bayoud: surgeon, teacher

Dr. George Salim Bayoud, a Dallas surgeon whose distinguished career spanned four decades, died Dec. 13 at UT Southwestern University Hospital–St. Paul. He was 86.

Dr. Bayoud served on UT Southwestern’s clinical faculty for 32 years until his retirement in 1989. During those decades, he maintained thriving private surgical practices in Dallas and Garland. His Garland practice later evolved into Garland Medical Center and Hospital.

Dr. Bayoud and his wife, Joan, established a fund in 2005 to enhance the teaching and practice of general surgical skills at UT Southwestern. The money will be used to establish an endowed faculty position for a leading member of the Department of Surgery.

Speaking in 2005, Dr. Bayoud said, “Our entire family feels love and loyalty to UT Southwestern, and we’re proud to help — in however small a way — and show our pride in this great institution of learning and healing.”

The Bayouds met in 1949 when he was a surgical resident in Long Island, N.Y., and young Joan Kanaley was a patient. They married three years later. He served as chief of surgery at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio during the Korean War before opening his practices in Dallas and Garland in 1954.

Dr. Bayoud was appointed to the Texas Board of Medical Examiners in 1988 by Gov. William P. Clements. He served as vice chairman and chairman during his six-year term.

“His presence at department conferences and his support of the department were always greatly appreciated, and we will miss him,” said Dr. Robert Rege, chairman of surgery and holder of the Hall and Mary Lucille Shannon Distinguished Chair in Surgery. “Dr. Bayoud’s contributions to the medical community, including his leadership on the Texas Board of Medical Examiners, will not be forgotten.”

Dr. Kern Wildenthal, former dean and president of UT Southwestern, who currently serves as president of Southwestern Medical Foundation, said: “In addition to being a highly skilled surgeon who was admired and loved by his patients, Dr. Bayoud was a dedicated teacher on the UT Southwestern volunteer faculty for many decades, and he was revered by the students and surgical residents as a role model and mentor.”

The family has suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Joan and Dr. George Bayoud Endowed Fund in General Surgery, c/o Southwestern Medical Foundation, 2305 Cedar Springs Road, Suite 150, Dallas 75201-7805 or call 214-351-6143.

Russell Rian