- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 18, 2006

TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) — Dr. Stanley Biber, a small-town physician who said he performed more than 4,500 sex-change operations, died Jan. 16. He was 82.

The cause of Dr. Biber’s death was not announced, but he had been hospitalized for complications from pneumonia.

Word of his death came from Mary Winter, a friend and owner of the Cormi Funeral Home in Trinidad, a town of 9,300 near the Colorado-New Mexico border.

Dr. Biber, a native of Iowa, moved to Trinidad in 1954 and became the town’s only general surgeon. He told the Associated Press in 2000 that he performed his first sex-change operation in 1969.

He said a social worker he had met asked for the surgery, and he agreed to perform it after talking to a New York doctor who had done some sex-reassignment operations and after getting sketches from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

At one point, he was performing 150 such operations a year, Dr. Biber said.

He stopped doing surgery in 2003 and closed his practice in 2004.

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