Rene Le Fort
- Category : 1869-births
- Type : GP
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (14,15)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Tension 1
French surgeon remembered for creating a classification for fractures of the face. He was a nephew to surgeon Léon Clément Le Fort (1829–1893), who introduced a surgical operation for uterine prolapse.
In 1901 René Le Fort published a treatise called Étude expérimentale sur les fractures de la mâchoire supérieure involving his experiments with maxillary fractures of the skull. To perform these experiments, Le Fort used intact cadaver heads, and delivered blunt forces of varying degrees of magnitude, as well as from different directions. From these tests, he determined that predictable patterns of fractures are the result of certain types of injuries, and concluded that there are three predominant types of mid-face fractures.
He died on 30 March 1951, aged 82, in Lille.