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Dr. Ibrahim F. Ayad, obstetrician and gynecologist July 24, 1927 -- Feb. 21, 2009

A service for Dr. Ibrahim F. Ayad, an obstetrician and gynecologist who delivered more than 5,000 babies, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St.

Dr. Ayad, of Buffalo, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness. He was 81.

Born in Egypt to a prominent Coptic family, he received his medical degree from the University of Cairo and did post-graduate work in London, Edinburgh and Trinity College, Dublin, in general surgery and later in obstetrics and gynecology.

He was an advocate of natural childbirth and performed research in methods for reducing unnecessary Caesarean sections.

In 1968, Dr. Ayad moved to Buffalo, where he established a private practice and delivered more than 5,000 babies.

He practiced at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst from 1989 to 1997. From 1990 until his retirement in 2004, he also was an associate clinical professor of OB-GYN in the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Dr. Ayad was a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, the former Irene Leye; a son, Sascha; two brothers, Mounir and Nabil El-Kommos; and a sister, Shadia Massoud.

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