Medical Education and Certifications

Harold Bafitis Board Certifications

General Surgery:

  • American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, certified in General Surgery

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery:

  • American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Association of Physician Specialists, certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Fellowships:

  • Fellow-American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
  • Fellow-American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Fellow-American College of Angiology

Harold Bafitis Pre-Medical Education

High School: Bayside High School, New York , New York, 1967-70

Undergraduate: University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1970-74
Bachelor Degree with HONORS

Graduate: University of Texas School of Public Health Houston Health Science Center, Houston, Tx 1974-77

Degree: Master Public Health, March, 1976

Note: Was accepted into Doctor of Philosophy program and took courses towards that degree at University of Texas School of Public Health and Baylor College of Medicine until August, 1977


Harold Bafitis Post Graduate Medical Education

Medical School: North Texas State University/ Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ft Worth, Tx, 1977-81, Degree: D.O.; CUM LAUDE

Post Graduate Medical Training: Internship and General Surgery Residency:

July, 1981- August, 1986
Ohio University Medical School affiliated Hospitals
Grandview Hospital Medical Center
405 Grand Avenue, Dayton, Ohio  45405
Chairman: Dr. S. Gabriel

Outside Rotations/General Surgery Training:

  • Nutritional Support, January 1984
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center,1275 York Avenue, New York 10021
    Chief Trainer:  M. Shils M.D.
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, March-April, 1985
    Cincinnati Plastic Surgery Associates, 10496 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242
    Chief Trainers:  M. Leadsbetter  M.D., R.G. Slagle, M.D., G. Ireland, M.D.
  • Pediatric Surgery: May – June, 1985
    Children’s Hospital, Dayton, Ohio 45404-1815
    Chief Trainers: Shafer M.D., Verhagon M.D,, Goodwin M.D., and Nanangus M.D.
  • Treatment and Management of Burns, February, 1986
    St. Agnes Burn Center, St. Agnes Hospital, South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145
    Chief Trainers: DeClermont M.D., Benlin M.D., and Hensle M.D.
  • Head and Neck Surgery: March-April, 1986
    University of Texas System Cancer Center
    M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute
    Texas Medical Center, 6723 Bertner Avenue, Houston, TX 77030
    Chief Trainer: Robert Byers M.D.,
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: Aug 1986 – Aug 1988
    • Resident and Chief Resident
      Plastic Surgery Institute and Affiliated Hospitals
      1025 Ashworth Road, Suite 528, Des Moines, IA 50265
      Director: J.O. Stallings, M.D.
    • Mercy Hospital Medical Center
      Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
      Six and University, Des Moines, IA 50314
      Chairman. Department of Plastic Surgery: J.O. Stallings, M.D.

Harold Bafitis Fellowship Training

Breast Reconstruction & Cosmetic Surgery: August 1989- August 1998

Fellowship Training  – Affiliated Hospitals:

  • Cincinnati Plastic Surgery Associates
    10496 Montegemery Rd.
    Cincinnati, OH 45242
    Chief Trainers: M.G. Leadbetter, M.D., D.L. Jutte,  M.D., R.G. Slagel,  M.D., G.E. Ireland,  M.D., J.P. Carey, M.D.
  • Christ Hospital
    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    2139 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219
    Chairman: M.G. Leadbetter, M.D.
  • Bethesda North Hospital and Bethesda Base  Hospital
    Department of Plastic Surgery
    10500 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242
    Chairman: R.G. Slagle, M.D.
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
    Department of Plastic Surgery
    3217 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220
    Chairman: J.P. Carey, M.D.
  • Our Lady Mercy Hospital
    Department of Plastic Surgery
    Five Mile at State Road
    Anderson Township, Cincinnati, OH 45230
  • Deaconess Hospital
    Department of Plastic Surgery
    Five Mile at State Road
    Anderson Township, Cincinnati, OH 45230
  • Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    Department of Plastic Surgery
    Elland and Bethesda Avenues, Cincinnati, OH 45229

Harold Bafitis Medical Licenses

Licensure:

  • Federation Licensing Exam (FLEX), Texas (3parts),1981
  • National Board of Examiners for Osteopathic physicians and Surgeons(3parts),1982

Current State Licenses:

  • Ohio: 3416; Issued 5/16/81
  • Texas: F9155; Issued 8/23/82
  • Iowa: 2156; Issued 5/16/86
  • California: 20A5637; Issued  11/5/88
  • Florida: 0S5647; Issued  3/27/89

Dr. Harold Bafitis Memberships

  • American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
  • American Association of Physician Specialists
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • American Society of Lipo Suction Surgery
  • American  Academy of Aesthetic and Restorative Surgery
  • American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • International Academy of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Academy of Osteopathy
  • Florida Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Florida Medical Association
  • Palm Beach County Hand Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi – National Honor Society University of Maryland
  • Sigma Sigma Phi – National Honor Society

Harold Bafitis Appointments and Offices

  • Appointment National Residency Inspector for Plastic Surgery Training Programs
    American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
    2002 – Present
  • Appointment National Committee American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
    Residing and Standards Evaluation Committee
    2004 – Present
  • Appointment: Chairman, American Osteopathic Board Of Surgery
    (For National Surgical Board) 2000- 2003
  • Appointment: Vice Chairman, American Osteopathic Board Of Surgery
    (For National Surgical Board.) 1999-2000
  • Credentials Committee
    Palm Beach Gardens Hospital; 2000 – 2002
  • Appointment: Secretary, Treasurer American Osteopathic Board Of Surgery
    (For National Surgical Board.) 1998-1999
  • Appointment Board Member American Osteopathic Board Of Surgery, Representing Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery, 1994-97 And 1997-Present
  • Board of Censor and Mediation
    Palm Beach County Medical Society, 1996 – 98
  • American Medical Association, Physician Recognition
    Award: January 1992 – January 1995
    October 1995 – November 1998
  • Appointed Fellow- American College Of Osteopathic Surgeons, 1994
  • Chief of Plastic Surgery
    Palms – Wellington Surgical Center, 1992 – 1997
  • Special Care Unit/ Emergency Department Committee
    Wellington Regional Medical Center, 1993 – 94
  • Medical Education/ Library/ Intern Training Committee
    Wellington Regional Medical Center, 1993 – 94 and 1995 – 98
  • Credentials Committee
    Wellington Regional Medical Center 1993 – 94 and 1997 – 1998
  • Operating Room Committee
    Wellington Regional Medical Center, 1993 – 94
  • Physician Referral Network Committee
    Palm Beach County Medical Society 1993
  • Committee on Ethical Issues
    Palm Beach County Medical Society, 1993
  • Board of Directors
    Parent – Child Center of the Palm Beaches, Ind., 1992 – 93
  • Author of clinical questions for American College of Osteopathic Surgeons’ Written Exam
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1992 – present
  • Appointed visiting Clinical Professor for Meridia/ Southpointe Residency in Plastic Surgery/ Ohio University Medical School;
    Cleveland, Ohio 1997- present
    Director of program: M.A. Foglietti, D.O. FACOS
  • Board Examiner for American Osteopathic Board of Surgery
    Clinical and Oral Examiner: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1992 – present
  • Appointed Board Member – American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, Representing Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1994 – 97 and 1997 – Present
  • Associate Professor Plastic Surgery, Lake Erie College Of Osteopathic Medicine. Through Wellington Regional Medical Center, 1997-Present
  • Committee of Editors
    Palm Beach County Medical Society, 1992 – 95
  • Membership Development Committee
    Palm Beach County Medical Society, 1992
  • Tumor Committee
    Palm Beaches Medical Center, 1994 – 95
  • Clinical Associate Professor In Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery,
    Nova / Southeastern University College Of Osteopathic Medicine, 1993 – Present
  • Operating Room Committee
    Palm Beaches Medical Center (now Columbia Hospital), 1992.
  • Clinical attending plastic surgeon; Podiatry Residency program, wellington regional medical Center, 1990   present
  • Residency training committee; Clinical attending Plastic surgeon, family practice residency Wellington regional medical center,1990 present.
  • Program Chairman, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Session
    Annual National Scientific Program, Orlando, Florida, 1992
  • Chairman, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Discipline, 1991 – 93
  • Vice – Chairman, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Discipline, 1991 – 92
  • Secretary – Treasurer, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Discipline, 1990 – 91
  • Clinical Instructor in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1989 -93
  • Chief Resident in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    The Plastic Surgery Institute and Affiliated Hospitals
    Des Moines, Iowa, 1986 – 88
  • Clinical Instructor in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    University of Osteopathic medicine and Health Sciences,
    Des Moines, Iowa, 1987 – 88
  • Chief Resident in General Surgery
    Grandview Hospital Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio, 1986
  • Clinical Instructor in General Surgery
    Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1982 -86
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant in Epidemiology
    University of Texas School of Public, Texas Health Science Center, 1975-76

Dr. Harold Bafitis Awards

Designated keynote surgeon to address new members to the College of Surgeons — American College of Osteopathic Surgeons at an annual conclave in Orlando, Florida 2002. Dr. Bafitis gave the “charge” and keynote speech to the new surgeons entering the College.

Awarded by the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, “The National Humanitarian Award 2002” in recognition of unselfish participation in humanitarian activities in the field of surgery. This was awarded at a national conclave in Orlando, Florida, September 2002.

Awarded by Palm Beach County Medical Society for volunteer work in Plastic Surgery, on under privileged in Palm Beach County; 1997
President Medical Society: D. Dedo, M.D.

Awarded Palm Beach County Network Affiliate WPTV, Service Award. T.V. (NBC) KELLY’S HERO AWARD for volunteer Plastic Surgery performed on disfigured Bolivian children through the MIMA Foundation; (Medical International Missionary Aid). Surgery performed at Viedma Hospital in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 1996.

Awarded Palm Beach County Network Affiliate WPTV, Service Award.

T.V. (NBC) KELLY’S HERO AWARD for volunteer Plastic Surgery performed on Bangladesh child Maisha Atoiya; and for bringing child to the U.S. from her country for reconstructive surgery in 1994.

Outstanding Senior- 1981, North Texas State University/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine


Publications by Dr. Harold Bafitis

  • Circumareolar Mastopexy With Subpectoral Augmentation – A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR SUCCESS – Creating Balance Between Breast Volume, Nipple Position And Skin Elasticity, Harold Bafitis, The American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery – Volume 26, Issue 3 – September 2009, pagse 155-167
  • Healing of Chronic Wounds with Benzoyl Peroxide. Bafitis, H.; Leadbetter, M.; Branch, P.; and Arujo, R.; International Journal of Aesthetic and Restorative Surgery, 1996, Volume 4, No.1 pages 57-64
  • Reduction Mammaplasty via the Inferior Pedicle Technique: An Ideal Aesthetic and Functional Choice. Bafitis, H.; Pandeya, N.K.; and Foglietti, M.; American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, 1989, Volume 6, No. 1 Pages 1-6
  • A Reliable Method for Monitoring the micro vascular Patency of Free Jejunal Transfers in Reconstructing the Pharynx and Cervical Esophagus. Bafitis, H.;Stallings, J.O. and Ban, J.; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1989, Volume 83, No.5
  • Transaxillary, Retropectoral Augmentation Mammaplasty. Foglietti, M.; Bafitis, H.; and Pandeya, N.K.; American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, 1988, Volume 5, No.3, pages 203-210
  • Detrimental Effects of Cigarette Smoking on Breast Reduction. Bafitis, H.;  Foglietti, M.; and Pandeya, N.K.; Journal of American Osteopathic Association, 1987, Volume 87, No.11, Page 715
  • Paragangliomas of the Carotid Body: Report of a Case.
    Bafitis, H.; Posevitz, L ; and Stahl, H.; Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 1986 Volume 86, No. 9, Pages 238-242
  • Acute Post Traumatic Fusiform Aneurysm of the Proximal Left Internal Carotid Artery – A Case Report. Bafitis, H.; Posevits, L.; Schatzman, E.R.; Vascular Surgery, 1985, Volume 19, No.4, Pages 238-242
  • A Circadian Susceptibility/Resistance Rhythm for Potassium Cyanide in Male BalblcCr Mice. Bafitis, H.; Smolensky, M; Hsi,B;et al. Toxicology, 1978, No.11, Pages 251-258
  • Human Physiological Adaptability Through the Life Sequence. Bafitis, H.; and Sargent, F.; Journal of Gerontology, 1977, Volume 32, NO. 4, Pages 210-402

Dr. Harold Bafitis Humanitarian Activities

Dealing with Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Children’s Surgical Center – Cambodia

In January of 2009 Dr. Bafitis returned to Cambodia to work at the Children’s Surgical Center (CSC).  He performed and directed surgeries that were first introduced to the local Cambodian surgical team by Bafitis in 2008.  He instructed and guided the Cambodian surgeons in cleft nose repair and introduced the concept of “tumescent anesthesia” for surgical procedures.  Besides cleft nose deformities, burn contractures, facial hemangioma, ear tumors as well as hand deformities were addressed.  Dr. Bafitis also assisted in craniofacial surgery – adding the “tumescent technique” for ease of dissection of the soft tissues.

Dr. Bafitis shared his own practice experience with the surgical team in Phnom Penh and brought his own edited surgical procedure DVD’s and power point lectures adding to the CSC medical library.  He also lectured and instructed the international medical students at CSC and donated plastic surgery instruments to the facility.

Dr. Bafitis feels the Children’s Surgical Center is a unique mission in  that most of the donated “dollar” goes directly into patient care not paperwork.  He feels the need for this center is paramount in this slowly re-emerging country; “the amount of poverty is staggering and amount of congenital deformities is overwhelming,” any donation makes a difference.

Children’s Surgical Center – Cambodia 2008

Dr. Bafitis was asked to participate as a visiting professor and surgeon for the Children’s Surgical Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He traveled to Cambodia in January 2008, where he performed over fourteen surgeries on children, men and women from ages 18 – 81. He lectured and instructed the staff surgeons and medical students on his plastic surgical techniques, specifically reconstructive techniques after cleft lip and cleft nose deformity.

Surgeries that were performed included congenial deformities, facial cancers, burns and facial tumors. Dr. Bafitis also assisted in craniofacial surgery -meningomyelocele deformity, and worked sharing his expertise with the local oculo-plastic surgeon.

Although it is called the Children’s Surgical Center, it is a Hospital that literally serves only the poor and of all ages. The hospital operates totally on donation. The founding member is surgeon Dr. Jim Goggaly and local West Palm Beach anesthesiology chief at Colombia Hospital Dr. Mark Moser have essentially been instrumental in creating a facility that treats thousands of patients in this rebuilding, re-emerging country. Donations can be made at www.csc.org.

Awarded by the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons the National Humanitarian Award 2002 in recognition of unselfish participation in humanitarian activities in the field of surgery. This was awarded at a national conclave in Orlando, Florida, September 2002.

Participant in International Project Wounded program. The program involved the medical / surgical care of war injured Afghan freedom fighters. Participated as chief resident in plastic surgery at Mercy Hospital Medical Center/ Plastic Surgery Institute, Des Moines, Iowa, under J.O. Stallings, M.D. Surgical care encompassed treatment of facially disfigured war casualties including maxillofacial nasal, orbital, peri-oral deformities and upper extremity injuries.

Instrumental in bringing Project Wounded program to Cincinnati through Our Lady Mercy Hospital – Anderson Township, Cincinnati, Ohio. Participated as a fellow in plastic and reconstructive surgery with the Cincinnati Plastic Surgery Associates. Director of project in Cincinnati : M.G. Leadbetter, M.D. Surgical care encompassed treatment of upper and lower extremity injuries of Afghan freedom fighters.

Recognition Award in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for participation in Operation Wounded, the treatment of wounded Afghanistan freedom fighters, Washington, D.C. July, 1988

Physician coordinators and Plastic Surgeon responsible for bringing 3 year old burn victim Maisha Atoiya from Bangledesh to West Palm Beach. The child had suffered greater that 50% body surface area burns at age one and contractures restricting motion of upper and lower extremities. Her family was unable to get proper medical / surgical attention, and her contractures were worsening. We coordinated the efforts of Palm West Hospital , through its chief executive officer, Mr. Michael Pugh, anesthesia through Dr. Joel Gomez anesthesia department at Palms West Hospital and pediatric care through Dr. Abellon of the pediatrics department of Palms West Hospital. We also were able to obtain tissue expanders through McGhan Medical Company. All services were coordinated to be provided gratis for this child.

Over seven months during 1993 – 94, we placed tissue expanders and mobilized the expanded tissue to be incorporated in significant flap surgery which sequentially removed contracted, keloid scar tissue, her contracted limbs. She now has complete range of motion to her upper and lower limbs and is able to ambulate completely unrestricted. Her growth is predicted to follow a normal pattern.

MIMA FOUNDATION

Provided volunteer plastic surgical care for disfigured and burned Bolivian children and young adults under MIMA foundation; (Medical International Missionary Aid, based in West Palm Beach, Florida).  Was the sole plastic surgeon traveling with other surgeons and medical professionals to Cochabamba, Bolivia in 1996 volunteering with MIMA. Surgery was coordinated with Viedna Hospital and Medical   School in Cochabamba.  Beyond the surgical care performed, extensive clinical education concerning pre, post and intra – operative technique was given to Bolivian plastic surgeons, as part of this experience.

Range of surgeries performed included Cleft lip and palate, secondary cleft nose deformities, treatment of extensive burns to face, body and hand; treatment of pediatric scar contractures to face, hands and upper extremities.

PALM BEACH NETWORK

Volunteer plastic surgeon for Palm Beach County Health Care Network.  This is a Florida Department of Health, Palm Beach County Health Department Organization of Volunteer Physicians.  Have operated on cleft lip patients and disfigured children as part of the program.  All surgical services are donated with the support services also donated by affiliate hospital recruited by Dr. Bafitis.

Dr. Bafitis has received a recognition award for his volunteer efforts by the Palm Beach Medical Society.

CON EL MISSION GROUP

Participated as the group plastic surgeon with the Con El (With Him) mission group. This is a missionary organization sponsored by the Catholic Arch Diocese which sponsors a nondenominational group of medical professionals to serve the indigent and orphan child population of Bolivia. Bolivia, being the poorest country in South America, has a  definite need for state-of-the-art care.

Dr. Bafitis was involved in a medical mission during May 1998 with a Medical team of 14 professionals, inclusive of two ophthalmologists and nursing support.  He  was a group leader and performed a gambit of reconstructive surgical procedures.  The procedures ranged from neonate cleft lip, to cleft lip surgery on patients in their early 40’s (no previous surgery had been done).  He also performed reconstructive nasal surgery, burn surgery, hand surgery, and cancer reconstruction of the head and neck.  He was involved in teaching Bolivian physicians and Bolivian nursing staff, so they can carry on a  tradition of improved care to the indigent children.  The Medical mission was centered at Cocheri Hospital in Cochibaumba, Bolivia.

Dr. Bafitis has been previously involved in medical missionary work in Cochibaumba through the MIMA (Medical International Missionary Association).

Dr. Bafitis was contacted by the AMISTAD organization. A church sponsored mission. St. Judes Church, Tequesta, Florida with founders Father Julian Harris, Dr. Linda Razza, and Mr. Alex Vargas. This group with the help of South Florida Congressmen Mark Foley, brought 7 year old Alicia Gabrielia Vargas from Honduruas to West Palm Beach in January of 1999.

The girl had a congenital vascular tumor which encompassed 60% of her lower lip. Not only did the tumor interfere with eating it was an evolving social and emotional concern.

Dr. Bafitis performed major surgery on Alicia at Palms West Hospital removing the tumor and successfully reconstructing the anatomical continuity of her lower lip. He brought her back to the U.S. for laser resurfacing to further improve his reconstructive efforts. All her care was donated including the services of Palms West Hospital and pediatric care, by Dr. William Jacobs of Royal Palm Beach. Dr. Bafitis headed the reconstructive team.

LIGHT OF THE WORLD MISSION GROUP

Dr. Bafitis joined the light of the world charities sponsored by the Catholic Archdiocese in Palm City, Florida. This mission brought a group of nurses, Nurse Anesthetists, and Surgeons to Peru for Mission Work. Dr. Bafitis went to Chequio, Northern Peru, where he performed cleft lip, palate, burn surgery, and hand reconstruction procedures on orphan children as well as Peruvian Indian underprivileged. This Mission was held in October, 1999. He received diplomas of honor from the Belen Hospital of the Province Lanbayecanan of Peru.

MEDIA BIO PHOTO: Dr. Harold Bafitis