CURRICULUM VITAE NAME: Juris Bunkis, M.D., F.A.C.S. EDUCATION: Dr. Bunkis graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1974. This was followed by a five year general surgery residency at Columbia University and board certification in general surgery, and a two year plastic surgery residency at Harvard University. Dr. Bunkis is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. PRINCIPAL ACADEMIC POSITIONS HELD: Dr. Bunkis served as a Clinical Instructor in Surgery at Harvard University from 1979-81 and subsequently as Assistant Professor in Surgery, at the University of California, San Francisco. Private aesthetic practice since 1983. ANCILLARY POSITIONS HELD CONCURRENTLY: Dr. Bunkis has served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at the San Francisco General Hospital (University of California San Francisco) and Medical Director of the Blackhawk Surgery Center. He has served on the Board of Directors of Blackhawk Surgery Center, Inc., United Bridges, Inc., the Tassajara Valley Little League, ARPSMA, Inc., the Hospital de la Familia Foundation, OnlySports Inc, Nor Cal Baseball, Inc., Burning Galileo Films, Margarita's Cocina Mexicana, Inc., Orange County Plastic Surgery, Inc. and MD Performance, Inc. As Honorary Consul for the Republic of Latvia, he is a member of the Los Angeles Diplomatic Corps and serves as the Secretary of the Corps. MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: Dr. Bunkis is a member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Canadian Society for Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery, Latvian Medical and Dental Association, Plastic Surgery Research Council and the California Society of Plastic Surgeons SPECIAL AWARDS: Dr. Bunkis has received Honorary memberships, Associatio Medicorum Bohemoslovacorum J.E. Purkyne and the Societas Bohemoslovaca Chirurgiae Plasticae, in Prague. Dr. Bunkis has operated on indigent children in Central America for years and in recognition of his charitable efforts, was knighted by the Cavalieri di San Marco (Knights of San Marco), Venice, received the Angel Wings Award, Angel Wings Foundation and the Man of Character Award, Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America. A feature film he helped produce, "F-Stops", won the Silver Medal, Houston Film Festival, Houston TX and was invited to the Cannes Festival. POSTGRADUATE AND CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES ATTENDED: Dr. Bunkis has attended sufficient continuing education courses to maintain certification. In addition, he has achieved PADI Advanced Diver Certification, is an instrument-rated, commercial jet pilot and an avid custom Harley, motorcycle enthusiast (Hamsters USA). Dr. Bunkis is a volunteer deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. INVITED LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS: Dr. Bunkis has given hundreds of lectures and presentations at meetings locally and around the globe PUBLICATONS: Dr. Bunkis has published more than 40 scientific publications, abstracts and book reviews, and 17 book chapters in plastic surgery text books.
As Medical Director of Orange County Plastic Surgery, Dr. Juris Bunkis brings more than 30 years of surgical expertise to our communities. He has developed a five star practice in South Orange County and is designed to meet all your aesthetic needs. Dr. Bunkis has a long history of research, commitment and dedication to aesthetic surgery. My commitment, and that of my staff, is to you, our patient. Our practice is based on honesty, integrity, and a dedication to excellence in plastic surgery. Our goal is to help our patients achieve their aesthetic surgery goals and as a result, feel better about themselves.
Dr. Bunkis' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Board certified in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Facial Cosmetic Surgery
Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Facial Plastic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Surgery
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Plastic Surgery (Physician Assistant)
Plastic Surgery Nursing
Plastic Surgery of the Hand
Plastic Surgery-Head & Neck
Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Bunkis' Board Certifications
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Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
Localized Fat Deposits
Body Contouring (After Weight Loss Surgery)
Breast Lift Surgery
Intense Pulse Light
Juvéderm® Voluma® Injection
Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
Skin and Tissue Reduction
ThermiTight™ Subdermal Skin Tightening Treatment
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for California.
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
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Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
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Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University Of Toronto / Faculty Of Medicine
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1970
University Of Toronto Faculty Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1974
Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital
Internship Hospital | Completed 1974
Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital (Columbia U)-General Surgery
Residency Hospital | Completed 1979
Harvard Medical School-Plastic Surgery Residency
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1981
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Angel Wings Award for philanthropic work in Danville, CA, 2000
Man of Character Award, presented by the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, in recognition of his philanthropic wo, 2006
Knighted by the Cavelieri Di San Marco (Knights of St. Marc) Italy, 1995
Silver Medal at the Houston Film Festival for film F-Stops, 2001
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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