Humanitarian Work

Dr. Bitner has been part of a Utah based humanitarian organization called Utah Medical Outreach (UMO) since 2007. The organization has been traveling to Mexico and now Guatemala for over 20 years. UMO’s main goal is to provide surgical services to the native population in impoverished regions of these Central American countries. On a biannual basis, members of the organization travel to Guatemala for a one week trip. While there, many different types of surgeries are performed including cleft lip and palate repair, removal of head and neck tumors, ear surgery, head and neck cancer operations, nasal surgery, hernia repair, correction of uterine prolapse and many, many more. This work is beneficial to those who receive care as these services are otherwise inaccessible to many of the people of these countries. However, the work is of great satisfaction to those who are able to go and care for the wonderful people in the area.

In explaining why Dr. Bitner goes on these medical missions he states, “I remember walking along the streets of Brazil as a missionary in remote and impoverished areas of the Amazon Basin. You would see teenagers with large clefts in their lips that had not been repaired. These poor people were outcasts from society and unaccepted by those around them. When they had clefts in their palates their speech is severely impaired and they are almost incomprehensible. I remember making goals then and there to some day return to help out.

As I was going to medical school, it came time to choose a specialty. I felt that by selecting ENT and then doing a facial plastic fellowship, I would be properly trained to return to these poor counties and share my skills, especially when it came to cleft lip and palate repair. I am now realizing this goal and feel so lucky to have acquired skills that are useful and that I can share with others in need.”

Doctors from many specialities have participated in UMO sponsored medical trips including: ENT, Facial Plastic Surgery, OB/Gyn, Ophthalmology, General Surgery and more. There is always one or more Anesthesiologist who participates. Additionally, nurses, surgical technicians, medical assistants and non-medical people attend the trip. All participants travel at their own expense and use vacation time to go.

If you would like further information about Utah Medical Outreach or would like to make a donation, please contact Dr. Bitner through his contact page. Utah Medical Outreach is a non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible. All organizers of UMO are volunteers, there are no paid employees. As such, 100% of donations are used directly for patient care (i.e. purchasing of medications, surgical supplies and disposables, etc…)

Click HERE to see photos from Guatemala May, 2010

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With sadness, I wanted to personally let you know that we have made the decision to suspend seeing patients at Bitner Facial Plastic Surgery and Utah Hair restoration.

Despite efforts over the past week and a half to decrease traffic and increase the frequency of office sanitation, it has become abundantly clear that for your health and safety and that of my office staff and our families the responsible thing to do is to temporarily stop seeing patients.

If you have had surgery with me and have any concerns, you have my cell phone number, please contact me anytime. Text messaging is best.

We will continue to offer virtual consultations for those wanting to plan for when life is back to normal. Some of my office staff will still be working from home and can be contacted through our contact form on our website or at [email protected] We will try to check voicemail messages periodically but, for the quickest response, an email will be best.

These are very difficult and scary times. I love my practice and love taking care of so many incredible people. However, using precious and limited medical supplies at this time seems irresponsible. We pray for your health and safety and look forward to when we can take care of you again, soon!

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