It is with regret that we advise that Dr Myron Lange died on Tuesday,12 December 2016, after a long illness.

Dr Lange was considered by many to be the “father of Breast Surgery” at Wits and helped develop this sub-specialty into an area of excellence in research, training and service delivery for the Faculty and University.

A surgeon in the private sector, Dr Lange also served as an honorary member of the department of surgery and made a huge contribution to all aspects of the surgery department. He was greatly available to teach undergraduate medical students and as a teacher became a role model for many generations of surgeons at Wits and in South Africa.

The department of surgery is grateful for his contribution to surgery and teaching, and mourns his passing. Our condolences to his wife Leah, his son Neil and his grandchildren.

Myron will be deeply missed by his numerous colleagues and friends.

Dr David Stein

Professor Delawir Kahn


  1. I knew Myron well when I was a student and registrar in training(1961-1966). I always had great respect for his patience, surgical skills and knowledge. He was much younger then – and as trainiees we saw him as a competitor with Bert Myburgh as an up and coming head of department. That did not happen. Limiting himself to breast surgery was not his original intention in my opinion. Nevertheless he made a superb job of it.

    He was a superb surgeon, an excellent teacher, and a great role model to follow.

    Peter Comfort.

    1. I am so sorry to learn about his demise. I was one of his patients and he was a utter gentleman.

  2. I was so thoroughly impressed with Myron Lange’s demeanour the first time I met him, as a second year medical student in the late 80’s, as he met discussed my late grandfather’s colon cancer with members of my family. (He practised from Parklane Clinic.)

    The encounter left such an enduring impression, that I didn’t hesitate doing a 5th year elective with him, just to observe his pleasant mien (a surgical career was not my priority). He was a peerless example of a perfect gentleman, and certainly also a paragon of his chosen specialty.

    I am envious of all those who were privileged spend more time in the company of this great man!

  3. I was Myron’s scrub sister and worked in his office for some time. Having worked with him for over 10 years all I can say is that he was a great gentleman. So sad that he has passed. My deepest respect to him and his family

  4. Dr Myron Lange was my mentor and always advised me when l was a Nursing Sister in SA. I was the Theatre Manager of the Park Lane Clinic and Dr Lange worked as a General Surgeon. He was an absolute gentleman and a brilliant surgeon, he will be sorely missed.

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