Dr. Bitar’s CV

GEORGE JOHN BITAR, MD – Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

 

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PERSONAL

  • MARITAL STATUS: Married with 2 children
  • CITIZENSHIP: United States

LICENSURE

  • Virginia: Active Status

HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS

  • Inova Fairfax Hospital (Falls Church, VA) – Associate Staff
  • Prince William Hospital (Manassas, VA) – Courtesy Staff

EDUCATION/CAREER

  • Clinical Assistant Professor – George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute, Medical Director, Northern VA. (2002 – currently)
  • International Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship (July – Dec 2001)
  • Trained with Dr. Ellenbogen in Beverly Hills [Fellowship Coordinator], Dr. Pitanguy in Rio de Janeiro, Dr. Mendelson in Melbourne, Dr. Widgerow in Johannesburg, Dr. Giampapa in New Jersey, and Dr. Marchac in Paris
  • Charlotte Plastic Surgery Center. Charlotte, NC. Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship (2000 – 2001)
  • University of Virginia. Charlottesville, VA. Plastic Surgery Residency (1998 – 2000)
  • Albert Einstein Medical Center. Philadelphia, PA. General Surgery Residency (1993 – 1998)
  • George Washington University School of Medicine. Washington, DC. Degree: M.D. (1989 – 1993)
  • George Mason University. Fairfax, VA. Degree: B.A. Biology (1988 – 1989)
  • University of Missouri, Columbia. Undergraduate studies (1985 – 1987)
  • International College. Beirut, Lebanon. High School Diploma (June 1985)

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HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Top Doctor, American Airlines Magazine 2016
  • Top Doctor, Castle Connolly 2015
  • Top Doctor by USAirways Magazine 2013
  • Selection by Castle Connolly as one of the region’s Top Doctors – 2012
  • Awarded Top Doctor in Northern Virginia – 2012-2016
  • Top Plastic Surgeon by Washingtonian Magazine 2012
  • Nominated “Top Plastic Surgeon” in U.S. News -2012
  • Awarded Most Compassionate Doctor 2011
  • Ranked by Doctor ranking website www.avvo.com as only plastic surgeon in Northern Virginia with a perfect 10.0 score – 2011
  • “Top Plastic Surgeons in the USA” by United’s Hemisphere Magazine – 2011
  • Voted “Top Plastic Surgeon” in Washingtonian Magazine – 2011, and for all year in private practice
  • Winner of “Patient’s Choice Award 2010”
  • Top Plastic Surgeon in the USA by United’s Hemisphere Magazine 2011
  • Top Plastic Surgeon by Washingtonian Magazine 2011
  • Winner of Patient’s Choice Award 2011; 2010
  • “Top Plastic Surgeons in the USA” by USAir Magazine – 2010
  • “ Top Cosmetic Surgeons in the USA” by Plastic Surgery Products Magazine – 2010
  • Voted “Top Plastic Surgeon” by board certified plastic surgeons in the Washington DC Area (Northern Virginia Magazine Oct. 2010)
  • Visiting lecture to UVA Dept. of Plastic Surgery: (Cosmetic Surgery; What’s Hot in 2010?) (Charlottesville, VA. 11/02/09)
  • Featured in Northern Virginia Magazine as community plastic surgeon (October 2009)
  • Director, Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute’s Summer Internship Program for Medical Students (summer 2009)
  • Co-chair of 2008 Washington DC Events- CARE Organization-2008
  • Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Doctors 2008
  • George Mason University – Outstanding Alumnus of the Year -2008
  • Guest speaker, American Arab Medical Association: (Plastic Surgery: Is It a Need or a Luxury?) (Vienna, VA 3/12/08)
  • Guest speaker, Fairfax Hospital Dept. of Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery in the Google Age (Fairfax, VA 1/16/2008)
  • Listed as “Top Plastic Surgeon” on Consumers Research Council of American 2007
  • Voted by area plastic surgeons as one of the area’s “Top Plastic Surgeons” in the Northern Virginia Magazine (October 2007)
  • Visiting lecturer to UVA Dept. of Plastic Surgery: (10 Things Every Plastic Surgeon Should Know – Starting Your Practice) (Charlottesville, VA. 9/24/07)
  • Visiting Lecture to UVA Dept. of Plastic Surgery: (Transaxillary Breast Augmentation) (Charlottesville, VA. 1/29/07)
  • Visiting Lecture to UVA Dept. of Plastic Surgery: (Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss) (Charlottesville, VA. 1/29/07)
  • TV Interview “Healthline – Facelift/Neck Lift” Channel 8 (Procedure filmed at Inova Fairfax Hospital on 11/29/06)
  • Featured plastic surgeon on “Broadminded – Cosmetic Fillers” XM radio channel 155 (11/30/06)
  • Featured plastic surgeon on “Broadminded – Latest in Cosmetic Surgery” XM Radio channel 155 (11/1/2006)
  • Featured plastic surgeon on “Healthline – Tummy Tucks” Channel 8 (10/5/2006)
  • Featured plastic surgeon on “The Prudent Advisor – Plastic Surgery After 50” Channel 8 (9/25/2006)
  • Guest Appearance “Days of Our Lives” on NBC – Leukemia & Lymphomas Society (October 4, 2006)
  • Featured as cover story – Health & Beauty Magazine (Nov.-Dec. 2006)
  • Voted “National Man of the Year” (2006) Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Voted “Man of the Year” (2006) Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Washington, DC Chapter
  • Voted One of the Top Five Plastic Surgeons in Fairfax County by Health & Beauty Magazine (2006)
  • Voted One of the Top Ten Plastic Surgeons in the Northern Virginia-DC Area by TopsInAmerica.com (2006)
  • Editorial Advisory Board- Plastic Surgery Products magazine (2006)
  • Visiting lecturer to UVA Dept. of Plastic Surgery: (Combining a Medispa with a Cosmetic Surgery practice- Challenges and Rewards) (Charlottesville, VA. 2006)
  • Voted One of Top Three Best Plastic Surgeons in Northern VA. Vienna Times ( Fairfax,VA.- 2006)
  • Featured in Manassas Journal Messenger as community plastic surgeon ( Manassas, VA.- 2006)
  • Featured expert plastic surgeon in DC Style magazine (Washington D.C.- 2006)
  • Featured as cover story- Plastic Surgery Products magazine (2005)
  • Featured guest on discussing Age Management & Healthy Living on Al Arabiya TV Station (2005)    
  • Featured expert on Anti-Aging Medicine and Plastic Surgery on local cable TV Chan. 96 (Health & Beauty) – (2005)
  • Voted by peers as one of the areas “Top Doctors” in the Washingtonian Magazine (July 2005)
  • Featured Plastic Surgeon on Washington Business Radio, 1050AM, “Plastic surgery for men in the work place” (4/28/04)
  • Visiting Lecturer, American University of Beirut, Latest Techniques in Cosmetic Surgery (Beirut, Lebanon 2003)
  • Member of The Physician’s Advisory Board, Chairman, Tom Delay (Washington, DC 2003)
  • Guest speaker, Prince William Hospital, What’s New in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Manassas, VA 2003)
  • Visiting lecturer, UVA Dept. of Plastic Surgery, Latest Techniques in Cosmetic Surgery (Charlottesville, VA. 2002)
  • Guest speaker, Fairfax Hospital Dept. of Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery Around The World (Fairfax, VA 2002)
  • Raymond F. Morgan Research Award for Plastic Surgery Residents (Charlottesville, VA 2000)
  • Guest Speaker, Issues in Medicine, Lebanese-American Convention (Washington, DC 1995)
  • Summer Research Fellowship Program-National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD 1990)

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MEDICAL MISSIONS AND VOLUNTEER WORK

  • University of Virginia- Department of Plastic Surgery Visiting lecturer (2002-present)
  • George Washington School of Medicine Admissions Committee (2002-present)
  • Craniofacial Clinic at Fairfax Hospital (2002-2003)
  • India (2000) Virginia Children’s Connection. Team leader: Dr. Thomas Gampper, University of Virginia
  • Vietnam (1998) Interplast Organization. Team Leader: Dr. J. William Futrell, University of Pittsburgh

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ASSOCIATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • General Secretary for North America, Association of Plastic Surgeons of Lebanese Descent
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Medical Society of Virginia
  • DC Capitol Society of Plastic Surgery
  • Advanced Cardiac and Trauma Life Support
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support

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RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Giampappa, V; Bitar, G.; Neck lifts & Ancillary Procedures (In Progress)
  • Bitar, G.; Study on Transaxillary Breast Augmentation (In Progress)
  • Bitar G, Choi DJ, Segura F: Botulinum Toxin in Facial Rejuvenation.  Erian A, Shiffman MA (Eds), Surgical Facial Rejuvenation: Art and Clinical Practice, Berlin, Springer, 2012
  • Bitar, G, Osunsade O, Devabhaktuni A: Non-Surgical Radiesse Rhinoplasty.  Erian A, Shiffman MA (Eds), Surgical Facial Rejuvenation: Art and Clinical Practice, Berlin, Springer, 2012
  • Bitar G, Patel P, Craig L; Scar Management: Aesthetic Medicine, P.M. Prendergast and M.A. Shiffman (eds.), Springer- Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2011
  • Bitar, G, Osunsade O, Devabhaktuni A; Injection/Filler Rhinoplasty: Aesthetic Medicine, P.M. Prendergast and M.A. Shiffman (eds.), Springer- Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2011
  • Bitar G, Myers S: Chapter 65, Nutrition Issues After Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss.  Shiffman MA, Di Giuseppe A (Eds), Body Contouring: Art, Science, and Clinical Practice, Berlin, Springer, 2010
  • Bitar G: Chapter 70, Transaxillary Breast Augmentation/Wise Pattern Mastopexy in the Massive Weight Loss Patient.  Shiffman MA, Di Giuseppe A (Eds), Body Contouring: Art, Science, and Clinical Practice, Berlin, Springer, 2010
  • Bitar, G.; Chapter 28, Transaxillary breast Augmentation: Breast Augmentation . Shiffman MA, et.al; 2008
  • Bitar, G.; Giampappa, V; Chapter 79, Suture Suspension Neck Lift: Simplified Facial Rejuvenation , Shiffman MA, et.al; 2007
  • Bitar, G.; Chopra, V; A New Breast: Plastic Surgery Products, December 2007, 28-30.
  • Bitar, G.; Chopra, V; The Axillary Approach: Plastic Surgery Products, October 2007, 26-32.
  • Bitar, G.; Understanding the Massive Weight Loss Patient: Plastic Surgery Products, May 2006, 39-42.
  • Bitar, G.; What Men Want: Plastic Surgery Products, February 2006, 20-26.
  • Bitar. G.; Giampapa, V.; the Suture-Suspension Neck Lift: Plastic Surgery Products, September 2005, 31-34.
  • Bitar, G.; Liposuction or Lift, An algorithm for neck rejuvenation: Plastic Surgery Products, August 2005, 24-26.
  • Bitar, G.; Sayeg, A.; Dahman, M.; Mullis, W.; Jacobs, W.; Matthews, D.; Beasley, M.; Smith, K.; Watterson,P.; Getz, S.; Capizzi,P.; and Eaves, F. III; Safety and Efficacy of Office Based Surgery with Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC)/ Page 4 Sedation in 4,778 Consecutive Plastic Surgery Procedures, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, January 2003 Issue, 111 (1) 150-156)
  • Morgan, R., Bitar, G., Gampper, T.; Joint International Laser Conference 2003. Diode Laser Treatment of Hirsutism Associated with Medical Conditions: One Year Experience at a University: Abstract 183 21-23 September 2003, Edinburgh, Scotland. Abstracts Lasers Med Sci. 2003 Sept; 18(Suppl. 1):SI-67, i-iii..
  • Giampapa, V. and Bitar, G.: Neck Recontouring with Suture Suspension and Fibrin Sealant; Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Nov/Dec. 2002, 22 (6) 519-525
  • Hikade, K.; Bitar, G.; Edgerton, M.; and Morgan, R.; Modified Z-Plasty Repair of Webbed Neck Deformity Seen in Turner and Klippel-Feil Syndrome, The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, May 2002, 39 (3) 261-266
  • Bitar, G.; Nguyen, D.; Knox, L.; and Morgan, R.; Shur-Clens: An Agent to Remove Silicone Gel After Breast Implant Rupture, Annals of Plastic Surgery, February 2002, 48 (2) 148-153
  • Bitar, G.; Herman, C.; and Hoard, M.; Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome: Guidelines for Early Detection, American Family Physician Journal, June 2002, 65 (12), 2501-2504
  • Bitar, G.; Alexandrides, J.; Missirian, R.; Sotereanos, D.; and Nystrom, A.; Carpal Tunnel Release in the United States and Sweden: Reimbursement Patterns, Cost for Treatment, and Return to Work, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, April 2002, 109 (5) 1574-1578
  • Bitar, G.; de Smet, M.; Sumeet, M.; Nussenblatt, R.; Human S-Antigen Determinant Recognition in Uveitis: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (2001) 42, 3233-3238
  • Bitar, G.; Yang, S.L.; and Badosa, F.G.; Balloon Angioplasty vs. Patch Angioplasty as an Adjuvant to Surgical
  • Thrombectomy of Hemodialysis Grafts, The American Journal of Surgery (1997) 174(2) 140-142
  • DeSmet, M.; Bitar, G.; Roberge, F.; Gery, I.; and Nussenblatt, R.B.; Human S-Antigen: Presence of Multiple Immunogenic and Immunopathogenic Sites in Lewis Rats, Journal of Autoimmunity (1993) 6, 587-599.
  • Identification of Proliferative T-Cell Epitopes of S-Antigen in Uveitis Patients National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (1991) research project, Summer Research Fellowship Program, N.I.H.
  • Why Should We Go On with Gene Therapy?  A medical ethics paper, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC (1990)
  • Relationship between the Iron Chelator of Pseudomonas aruginosa and Fe-Transferrin. Senior Thesis, Department of Biology, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (1988)
  • Mutagenic Effect of Near Ultra-Violet Radiation on Escherichia coli. Seminars in Research, Department of Biology, University of Missouri, Columbia (1987)

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PRESENTATIONS

  • Breast Surgery, and ‘Latest Techniques in Cosmetic Surgery panelist: Second Annual Congress of the World Congress of Plastic Surgeons of Lebanese Decent- meeting In Cancun, Mexico ( Oct. 2013)
  • Breast Surgery panelist: 1st Annual Congress of the Lebanese Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Conference & World Congress of Plastic Surgeons of Lebanese Descent -Meeting in Beirut, Lebanon ( Oct, 2010)
  • Suture Suspension Neck lifts with Tisseel Sealant: 1st Annual Congress of the Lebanese Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery  Conference & World Congress of Plastic Surgeons of Lebanese Descent – Meeting in Beirut, Lebanon ( Oct, 2010)
  • Transaxillary Breast Augmentations : 1st Annual Congress of the Lebanese Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery  Conference & World Congress of Plastic Surgeons of Lebanese Descent – Meeting in Beirut, Lebanon ( Oct, 2010)
  • Hot Topics in Aesthetic Surgery 2010: UVA Dept of Plastic Surgery (Charlottesville, VA 2009)
  • Fairfax Hospital Dept. of Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery in the Google Age (Fairfax, VA 2008)
  • Cosmetic Surgery Consideration after Massive Weight Loss, and Breast Augmentation from a Transaxillary Approach: UVA Dept. of Plastic Surgery (Charlottesville, VA. 2007)
  • Incorporating a Medispa in Your Plastic Surgery Practice: UVA Dept. of Plastic Surgery (Charlottesville, VA. 2006)
  • Techniques in Treating Bariatric Surgery Patients Presented to the Department of Plastic Surgery Section Meeting: Inova Fairfax Hospital (October 5, 2004)
  • Cosmetic Considerations after Massive Weight Loss: American University of Beirut (August 9, 2004)
  • Neck Lift w/Suture Suspension and Tisseel Glue Presented to the Department of Plastic Surgery: American University of Beirut (August 9, 2004)
  • What Every OB/GYN Should Know-From Wound Care to Cosmetic Surgery Presented to the OB/GYN Grand Rounds: Inova Fairfax Hospital (May 17, 2004)
  • Safety and Efficacy of Office Based Surgery with Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC)/ Sedation in 4,778 Consecutive Plastic Surgery Procedures Bitar, G.; Sayeg, A.; Dahman, M.; Mullis, W.; Jacobs, W.; Matthews, D.; Beasley, M.; Smith,
  • K.; Watterson, P.; Getz, S.; Capizzi, P.; and Eaves, F. III. Presented at the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting in Beirut, Lebanon (2001), and at the Southeastern Society Meeting in Orlando, Fl (2001)
  • One Year Experience Of Hair Removal For Medical Indications Using The Diode Laser At A University Center Bitar, G.; Herman, C.; Williams, R.; Gampper, T.; Hoard, M.; Lin, K.; Knox, L.; Drake, D.; Amiss, L.; and Morgan, R. Presented at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting in Orlando, Fl (2000)
  • One Year Experience Of Hair Removal Using The Diode Laser At A University Center Bitar, G.; Williams, R.; Gampper, T.; Hoard, M.; Lin, K.; Knox, L.; Drake, D.; Amiss, L.; and Morgan, R. Presented at the Arabplast Meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2000)
  • Third World Medical Missions: Vietnam and India Presented to the Department of Plastic Surgery at the American University of Beirut (2000)
  • Carpal Tunnel Release in USA and Sweden: Cost Determining Factors Bitar, G.; Champagne, L,; Agren, L.; Sotereanos, D.; Nystrom, A. Presented by second author at Swedish Hand Society meeting, Stockholm, Sweden (1998)
  • Interplast Trip to Vietnam Presented at Grand Rounds at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. (1998)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in USA and Sweden: A Medico-Economic Comparison Bitar, G.; Alexandrides, J.; Missirian, R.; Hisey, M.; Sotereanos, D.; and Nystrom, A.; Presented at the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Bermuda (1997)
  • Balloon Angioplasty vs. Patch Angioplasty as an Adjuvant to Surgical Thrombectomy of Hemodialysis Grafts Bitar, G.; Yang, S.L.; Badosa, F.G. Presented at the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery symposium, Naples, Fl. (1997)
  • Lebanon and the “No Reflow Phenomenon” Resident Conference, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Pittsburgh, PA and Transplant Conference, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA (1996)
  • Human S-Antigen: Presence of Multiple Inmmunogenic and Imunopathogenic Sites in the Lewis Rat DeSmet, M.; Bitar, G.; Roberge, F.; Gery, I.; Nussenblatt, R.B. Presented by first author at American Research in Visions and Optics Meeting, Sarasota, FL (1991)

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