Dr. Harold Bafitis graduated with Honors from the University of Maryland, College Park. He obtained a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston Health Science Center, Houston, Texas. Dr. Bafitis earned his medical degree Cum Laude from the University of North Texas, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Bafitis completed a full 5 year general surgery residency at Grandview Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio, affiliated with Ohio University’s Medical School. He then completed his 2 year training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Plastic Surgery Institute and affiliated hospitals in Des Moines, Iowa.
Dr. Bafitis also took an additional full year fellowship in cosmetic surgery, breast surgery, and breast reconstruction with the Cincinnati Plastic Surgery Associates and affiliated hospitals in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Bafitis is double board certified in general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Bafitis is board certified in plastic surgery and has achieved the coveted title of FELLOW (FACOS) in the College of Surgeons.
In 1994, Dr. Bafitis was honored by being selected to be a plastic surgery board member to the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. He was responsible for maintaining the high standards in testing and certifying other plastic surgeons in the United States.
Subsequent to that, he was elected as one of the youngest CHAIRMAN for the entire American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. He presently sits on the Residency Evaluation and Standards Committee of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons in Washington, D.C. This group sets the standards for residency training in plastic surgery for university programs in the United States. Dr. Bafitis is also a clinical associate professor of surgery at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Bafitis has trained medical students, residents, and other physicians for more than 20 years. He has contributed to many medical publications and has lectured nationally and internationally to medical and lay groups about all aspects of plastic surgery. He has hosted numerous scientific programs in West Palm Beach, conducting live surgery at his state-of-the-art certified surgery center, where physicians have an opportunity to learn and get continuing medical education credits by taking his courses. Most recently, Dr. Bafitis has hosted scientific programs dealing with state-of-the-art technology with fractional dot laser resurfacing and jet lavage liposculpture.
He has recently developed and refined a technique of integrated liposculpture and abdominoplasty that can be done with minimal anesthesia as well as minimal downtime. He has also developed instruments to be used in this procedure and will be presenting the clinical research on this surgery at a national meeting in November 2010.
Dr. Bafitis has taken part in national and international mission trips for most of his 21 years in practice. He has donated his time and skills toward educating other surgeons as well as taking care of the indigent in countries from Bolivia, Peru, and most recently in Cambodia. Dr. Bafitis has recently come back from working in the Cambodia Children’s Hospital in Phnom Penh. Dr. Bafitis is proud of his family and his extended family, which includes his highly-trained office staff.