Arturo Bonilla, MD - San Antonio Microtia Surgeon
Arturo Bonilla M.D. is a Pediatric Microtia Surgeon who "exclusively" specializes in children's ear deformities. His initial training was as a Pediatric Otolaryngologist, who specializes in children's head & neck, ear, nose & throat disorders in children. He is Board-Certified in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery and holds an additional two year clinical and NIH research fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery. Dr. Bonilla received his microtia training at the prestigious Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Bonilla received his M.D. degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. After medical school, Dr. Bonilla continued surgical training for 7 more years including General Surgery, Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery and finally an additional two year subspecialty training in Pediatric Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery.
He then settled back in San Antonio, Texas with his family. Since 1996, Dr. Bonilla has developed one of the largest exclusive PEDIATRIC microtia centers in the United States. This center is called the Microtia-Congenital Ear Deformity Institute.
What sets Dr. Bonilla apart from other surgeons is that he specializes only in the pediatric population. In other words, he only sees children with microtia and other ear deformties, but not adults. Because of his pediatric surgery experience, he knows how to relate with parents and especially the kids born with this ear deformity.
Because of Dr. Bonilla's exclusivity to PEDIATRIC ear deformities, he does not perform the usual surgeries of a plastic surgeon such as breast augmentations, tummy tucks, liposuction, facelifts, nose jobs, etc Instead, Dr. Bonilla concentrates only on pediatric surgery of the external ear. He has interacted with thousands of children born with microtia and other ear deformities.
The combination of extensive experience in the head and neck as well as the subspecialty in dealing only with children have made Dr. Bonilla unique. The saying "you will never see an adult patient in my office" holds true for Dr. Bonilla.
Since founding the Microtia-Congenital Ear Deformity Institute, Dr. Bonilla has remained in private practice. He has given numerous lectures at the Universitiy of Texas Health Sciences Center to the Department of Plastic Surgery, Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery. Dr. Bonilla has lectured extensively to physicians throughout Texas and Mexico. He recently lectured at the American Society of Peditaric Otolaryngology.
Community service has been part of the mission at the Microtia-Congenital Ear Deformity Institute. Educating children about ear deformities and other medical problems has been very successful.
Even Dr. Bonillas patients have volunteered to speak to other children about their experiences with an ear abnormality. This demonstrates the dramatic improvement in self-esteem and confidence that the ear reconstruction can give a child with microtia.