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Juris Buņķis, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Juris was born in 1949 in Lubeck, Germany to Jadviga and Janis Bunkis (currently retired and living in Trenton, ON).   The family left the Latvian Refugee Camp and relocated to Canada in 1951.   Juris grew up in the Northern Ontario mining towns of Kearns and Manitouwadge.  Juris was active in sports and student government while at Manitouwadge High School but, like most immigrants at the time, academic studies were at the top of his priority list.  Juris next moved to "the big city" and completed his undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Toronto.  He spent the next seven years in New York and Boston, completing a general surgery residence through Columbia University and a plastic surgery residency at Harvard University.  Armed with his Boards in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Juris had anticipated returning to Canada upon completing his residency but an offer to join the faculty at the University of California

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San Francisco School of Medicine was too appealing to resist. Thereafter, Juris established a private practice in California and currently has a successful practice in Orange County and in the Bay Area, Orange County Plastic Surgery Medical Associates, Inc., Rancho Santa Margarita.


1968-74  University of Toronto,  Premed & M.D., Toronto, Canada

1974-76  Columbia University, Intern & Junior Resident, Mary Imogene Bassett Hosp., Cooperstown, NY

1976-77  Harvard University, Junior Resident, Beth Israel Hospital
             Mass. General Hospital & Shriner's Burn Institute, Boston, MA

1977-79  Columbia University, Senior &  Chief Resident, Mary Imogene Bassett Hops., Cooperstown, NY

1979-81  Harvard University, Senior & Chief Resident, Peter Bent Brigham & Children's Hospitals,               Harvard University, Boston, MA


1974-75            Medical License, Ontario                  
1975-present     Licenciate, Medical Council of Canada
1975-86            Medical License, New York
1979-86            Medical License, Massachusetts
1980-90            Diplomate, American Board of Surgery
1981-present     Medical License, California
1982-present     Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery
1985-present     Fellow, American College of Surgeons


1979-81  Harvard Univ. Clinical Instructor in Surgery
1981-83  Univ. of California Assistant Professor in Surgery San Francisco, CA Division of Plastic Surgery
1983-85  Univ. of California - Assist Clinical Prof in Surgery, San Francisco, CA    

1992   Honorary memberships, Associatio Medicorum Bohemoslovacorum J.E. Purkyne and the Societas
         Bohemoslovaca Chirurgiae Plasticae, Prague
1995   Knighthood, Cavalieri di San Marco, Venice
2000   Angel Wings Award, Angel Wings Foundation, Concord CA
2001   Feature Film, “F-Stops” - Silver Medal, Houston Film Festival,  Houston TX    
2006   Man of Character Award, Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America


1982          Viral wound infections        

1982          Limb transplantation with Cyclosporin immunosuppression
1983          Digital fluometric quantification of expanded skin ischemia
1985-86     Quantification of blood to fat ratios in suction lipectomy aspirates                                  

1985-87     Psychological analysis of suction lipectomy patients

1995-2001 Long term study of saline filled breast implants, clinical investigator for McGhan Corporation

1997-pres Long term studies of gel filled implants, clinical investigator for Mentor Corporation and                 McGhan Corporation

1999-2001 Long term study of saline filled breast implants, clinical investigator for PIP Corporation

2001-pres  Long term study of cohesive gel breast implants, clinical investigator for McGhan Corporation

2008-pres Investigator, “ A randomized, double-blind, multi-center comparison of the safety and                  efficacy of gel and gel plus versus Restylane for the correction of nasolabial folds for
                Coapt Systems, Inc. Protocol 0230