Edward S. Bittar, M.D., Ph.D.

Of Melbourne, and formerly of Gainesville, died Tuesday, May 14, 2004, at his home from cancer.

He was 61.

Dr. Bittar was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Gainesville in 1978.

He was a graduate of Temple University and New York University and completed his medical residency at the University of Florida in 1983.

Following his residency, he served as Director of Medical Education and Associate Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at UF and was chief of orthopaedic surgery at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

He also served as professor of clinical studies at UF and trustee of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and was a visiting professor to many international universities and centers, providing instruction in new surgical methods.

He moved to Melbourne and opened a private practice in 1989.

Survivors include his wife, Dr. Karen Ferguson of Melbourne; his mother, Rose Bittar of Indiatlantic; and brothers Donald Bittar of Indiatlantic and Robert Bittar of Monmouth, Maine.