Awards : Anastasia Award

Barry Byer, M.D. ’69

Barry Byer, MD, a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Practice, recently retired after practicing family medicine for 40 years in Falls Church, VA. He was Chief of Family Practice at Virginia Hospital Center since 1980 and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical School. He received his BS from Villanova University and his MD degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He spent his Intern year at Marion County General Hospital, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN, where he received the Intern of the Year Award. He served his country in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps at the National Heart and Lung Institute of NIH in Bethesda, MD. He was a Radiology Resident at George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC, before going into private practice in Falls Church, VA.

Over 25 years ago, Dr. Byer founded CrossLink International, a non-profit humanitarian aid organization that supplied and equipped medical mission teams in Third World countries (over 300 annually) and the United States. In 2013, CrossLink merged with Brother’s Brother Foundation, the 37th largest US charity, which has a similar mission of equipping Third World medical mission teams and hospitals. He now serves on the BBF’s Board of Directors.

In 1999, he founded and now serves as president of the board of the Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade, a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization that provides potable water, sanitation, smokeless stoves, recycled eyeglasses, physical therapy and surgery to some of the poorest of the poor in Honduras. The VHC Medical Brigade sends 8-10 teams to Honduras every year and supports three clinics in remote mountain areas.

Dr. Byer is a Board Member of the Culmore Free Clinic in Northern Virginia and the Columbia Foundation of Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church, VA. He is also Vice President of the Rotary Club of McLean, Virginia.

In 2001, The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce presented Dr. Byer with the Carroll V. Shreve Award for meritorious community service and humanitarian work, and in 2005, the James Elkin Award for international humanitarian service. Besides appearing multiple times in the annual “Top Doctor” issues of Washington Magazine and the Washington Consumer Checklist Outstanding Physician issue, the Medical Society of Virginia awarded him in 2006, the Salute to Service Award for International Missions. In 2009, the University of Miami School of Medicine presented him with the Distinguished Alumnus Anastasia Award for Global Medical Missions. In 2017, the Arlington County Medical Society presented Dr. Byer with the Wellborn Award for Meritorious Service to the Needy.

Dr. Byer and his wife, Sharyn (Sudduth) Byer, a graduate of the University of Miami School of Music, live in Falls Church, Virginia. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.