George Bitar, MD, aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon who practices in Fairfax and Manassas, Va, received the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man of the Year Award. Bitar helped raise $5.8 million nationwide over a 10-week campaign, and more than $710,000 for the Washington Chapter of the Society. He joined the campaign in memory of his grandmother, who passed away from lymphoma, as well as a cousin and a close friend, who also succumbed to leukemia.

In addition to his fundraising campaign by phone, email, and personal letters, Bitar hosted several fundraising events, including days of beauty at his practice, receptions and an auction at a Four Seasons Hotel, and a shopping spree at Bloomingdale’s. Representing the Lymphoma Society, Bitar appeared in a USA Today interview and had a guest appearance on NBC’s Days of Our Lives.

"It is a great honor and privilege to be named National Man of the Year, and to represent an organization that is doing important and ground breaking work in the area of blood cancer research, in addition to providing amazing support to patients and families," says Bitar.

Bitar obtained his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, and served his general surgery residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. His plastic surgery residency was completed at the University of Virginia. Bitar also completed an aesthetic and breast surgery fellowship at an aesthetic surgery center in the United States. He participated in international aesthetic fellowships in Rio de Janeiro, Beverly Hills, and Paris.

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