Juris Bunkis, M.D., F.A.C.S. is the Medical Director of Orange County Plastic Surgery. Dr. Bunkis is an innovative plastic surgeon and teacher who specializes in aesthetic surgery. Dr. Bunkis has a large private practice in Orange County and the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices in Newport Beach and Dublin, California. He also serves in the Los Angeles Diplomatic Corps as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Latvia.
Education and experience
Upon graduating from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1974, Dr. Bunkis completed a general surgery residency at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Columbia University in New York and the Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard University in Boston. This was followed by board certification in general surgery. He subsequently returned to Harvard University to complete a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery. In 1981, he became board certified in plastic surgery and joined the plastic surgery faculty at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, as Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery. During this time, Dr. Bunkis served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at the San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Bunkis has been in private practice, specializing in aesthetic surgery, since 1984.
Professional organisations and affiliations
Dr. Bunkis is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, among them the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Plastic Surgery Research Council, the Canadian Society for Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery, the Latvian Medical and Dental Association and the California Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has operated, lectured and presented scientific papers throughout North/Central America and Europe. Dr. Bunkis has published a wide range of scientific articles and has also contributed numerous chapters to various medical textbooks on the subject of plastic surgery.
Dr. Bunkis has operated on indigent children in Central America for many years. In 1995, in recognition of his volunteer efforts, Dr. Bunkis was knighted by the Cavelieri Di San Marco (Knights of St. Marc) in Venice, Italy. He served on the Board of Directors of the Hospital de la Familia Foundation as well as the Tassajara Valley Little League and the Nor Cal Baseball Club. In 2000, he received the Angel Wings Award for his philanthropic work. And in 2001, a full feature film Dr. Bunkis helped produce won the Silver Medal at the Houston Film Festival. Dr. Bunkis is a volunteer deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, serving on the Special Services Bureau. Dr. Bunkis is an instrument rated, commercial jet pilot. In 2006, Dr. Bunkis was honored by receiving the Man of Character Award, presented by the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, in recognition of his philanthropic work. In 2010, Dr. Bunkis assisted his wife, Tina, with the launching of the MD Performance® professional skin care line of products.
With his years of experience and artistic touch, Dr. Bunkis brings to his patients a knowledge and expertise in aesthetic surgery that makes him a leader in the field.
Dr. Bunkis is happily married to his beloved wife, Tina. They have adult children. Dr. Bunkis and Tina both enjoy a variety of activities such as flying, motorcycles, traveling, gardening, and spending quality time with family and friends.