John B. Bitner, MD


Dr. John Bitner is a fellowship-trained surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat). He focuses exclusively on the face, head and neck, with particular emphasis on hair restoration.

Following completion of his residency in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Dr. Bitner focused on surgical treatment of head and neck cancer and reconstructive plastic surgery necessary to restore form and function. He offers the range of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedure in his practice at Tanner Clinic. Using state-of-the arts procedures, he provides such procedures as rhinoplasty, facelift, and chin and cheek implants using 3D computer imaging analysis.

Dr. Bitner completed his undergraduate training, majoring in biology, at the University of Utah. He earned his M.D. as well as a PhD in physiology and biophysics at the Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, Ill.

Following his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Bitner completed a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery sponsored by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. Dr. Bitner is the only physician in the state of Utah and one of only a handful of physicians in the world who is fellowship trained in both Facial Plastic Surgery and Hair Restoration Surgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Among his many honors is the Academic Achievement Award he received for the obtaining the highest GPA upon his completion of medical school.

Dr. Bitner and his wife are the parents of seven children. When he’s not enjoying family time, he’s golfing, snow and water skiing and mountain biking. He also participates in triathlons and marathons.

Specialized Procedures
  • Follicle transplant (hair restoration)
  • Rhinoplasty (nose shaping)
  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  • Septoplasty (to straighten the septum)
  • Laser skin resurfacing
  • Otoplasty (ear pinning)
  • Botox and dermal fillers
  • Face, neck and brow lift
  • Reconstructive surgery such as chin and facial implants
What patients are saying about Dr. Bitner

“Last month I was looking for Plastic surgeon in Utah. My friend suggested me John Bitner MD. I called them and they gave me appointment after 3 days. Dr. John Bitner and his staff were very professional and the office is fabulous. They treated me and my husband with the utmost respect and did not push anything on me. I really thankful to them for feel me comfortable and highly recommend to anyone.” – Andrew on Google+, July 2015

“I am extremely happy with Dr. Bitner and his staff. They were very polite and professional and made my visit very enjoyable. I drove into Salt Lake from Boise, Idaho, and found it very easy to navigate. The experience exceeded my expectations, and if I ever have to do this again, I’ll definitely go back to Dr. Bitner.”   —  Sonny on Realself.com, Nov. 26, 2014

“I am an anesthesiologist in the Salt Lake area. I work with surgeons all over the valley. I came to see Dr. Bitner because of his reputation. I’m fortunate to have an inside take on who to trust with something so important. I would recommend him to anyone. I even had to drive a long way, past many of my friends in that specialty, to receive Dr Bitner’s services (rhinoplasty and hair transplant). Six months out and great results. His follow-up care has been even beyond what I expected.”   —  Review on RateMDs.com, May 22, 2014

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