Composer, artist, writer, award-winning photographer, leader, plastic surgeon, pillar of the community, humanitarian and philanthropist are just a few of the titles used to describe Dr. Basilio N. Bautista of Delaware. This beloved renaissance man has spent decades serving the Delaware community as both a pioneer of aesthetic surgery techniques and as a constant contributor to the welfare of others.
Dr. Bautista began his medical career with residency training in general surgery at the Hahnemann University Medical Center in Philadelphia, and earned his MD at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in 1960. In 1972, he went from being a teaching fellow of anatomy and research fellow of plastic surgery at the University of Manitoba Medical Center to start his own practice in Dover, Delaware. From there, he went on to make notable achievements such as the establishment of the first non-hospital based surgery center with anesthesiologists to administer general anesthesia and was also the first plastic surgeon to use laser-based surgery for cosmetic procedures in the state of Delaware.
However, Dr. Bautista's achievements away from the operating table may exceed his contributions in the operating room. Not only has Dr. Bautista composed and subsequently produced and internationally distributed a CD of his musical compositions in the year 2000, he has served as president, vice president, regent, board director, trustee, or advisor of numerous professional and community organizations such as:
- The Kayumanggi, a.k.a. The Filipino-Canadian Association in Manitoba (President)
- The Citizenship Council of Manitoba (Vice-President)
- PAPSA, or the Philippine Association of Plastic Surgeons in America (co-founder)
- The Philippine Surgeon (Associate Editor)
- Kent County, Delaware Chapter of the American Cancer Society (President)
- Association of Phillipine-American Physicians of Delaware (co-founder, President, and Executive Director)
- Delaware Aero-Space Education Foundation (Advisor)
- Child HELP Foundation (Founder/President, currently Chairman and Executive Director)
Another special achievement within Dr. Bautista's life includes receiving special apostolic blessings from Pope John Paul the Second on the 30th anniversary of Bautista's participation in the medical profession. He has also served as People to People Ambassador of Goodwill to China (1978) and Russia (1979).
Bautista's faith is reflected in the sheer effort which he undergoes to help others and in his own belief in the reason for his success. In his Worldwide Who's Who bio, as well as his Cambridge Who' Who bio, Bautista states that his success is the result of "hard work, unwavering faith in God, determination… he believes that he is not here by accident but design with a purpose." Evidence of Bautista's hard work can be found in his endless contributions and work for the charities and professional organizations he has joined or founded over the years.
Dr. Bautista's hard work has earned him numerous awards and special recognitions over the years, including:
- One of the Twenty Outstanding Filipinos in America (from Fil-Am Image in 2002)
- Great Person of the Year Award 2003 (Dover Post)
- Robert J. Sims Award for Excellence in Black & White Photography, First Prize (Northeast Natural Science League National Photography competition at Princeton University, 1979)
- Most Outstanding Golden Jubilarian Award, Medicine Class '60 (University of Santo Tomas Medical Alumni Association in America, USTMAAA, awarded in 2010)
- Most Outstanding Alumnus for Service to Alma Mater (USTMAAA, 2010)
- Lifetime Achievement Award (USTMAAA, 2010)
- Listings in several Who's Who lists such as
- Strathmore's Who's Who (2009)
- Worldwide Who's Who (for Excellence in Philanthropy)
- Marquis's Who's Who (In the East 1981, In America in 1984, and the World in 1991)
- Cambridge Who's Who (2013)
Dr. Bautista was also given the 2012 Mayor's Arts Award during a Dover City council meeting "for his longtime support of the arts in Dover." His being presented with this award made the news in Delaware's newszap.com among other publications. In the newszap.com article, it is mentioned that Dr. Bautista is "only the second adult to receive the honor individually" and Dr. Bautista stated in the article that he feels that the award was special to him because he "received the award not for being an artist, but for what I have done for the art world."
In fact, Dr. Bautista has had such an impact on Dover's art community that the third-floor exhibit hall of the Schwartz Center for the Arts was renamed to be the Dr. Basilio N. Bautista Gallery at the Schwartz Center for the Arts back in 2002.
Although Dr. Bautista is currently retired from active medical practice, he continues to be a presence in the lives of others through his charitable efforts. Through the Child HELP foundation, Dr. Bautista continues to help improve the quality of life for children with disabilities in Delaware. As reported by the Cambridge Who's Who, one of Dr. Bautista's goals is to expand the Child HELP foundation's reach beyond the state of Delaware to help more disabled children across the country.
Dr. Bautista has accomplished so many newsworthy achievements throughout his years of pioneering medical practice and selfless devotion to the betterment of his fellow man. In The News is privileged to help such extraordinary people immortalize their accomplishments for posterity by taking their headline news articles and preserve them in attractive plaques that can be displayed with pride for years to come.
With every In The News plaque comes the peace of mind from knowing that your story will be preserved for the benefit of your children, their children, and generations beyond. Stories such as Dr. Bautista's success as both a professional plastic surgeon and as a world-renowned philanthropist can now be preserved to help inspire future generations for decades to come.
Dr. Bautista himself can add another cherished keepsake to his collection to use as a conversation piece and reminisce with his friends and loved ones about his long list of lifetime achievements. When visitors both new and old see Dr. Bautista's plaque, they will be reminded of why he is such a greatly respected pillar of the community and will come to appreciate the great lengths to which Dr. Bautista has gone to support those who are most in need.
It is our wish that Dr. Bautista continues to be successful in his charitable endeavors in the future and that he continues to be In The News.
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