A specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery
Rokas Bagdonas, a specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery, has been working in this field since 2004. The surgeon graduated from the Kaunas Medical Academy, later he finished continuing doctoral studies and was awarded an MD degree; he also lectured at Kaunas Medical Academy, Klaipėda College and Klaipėda University 2004 to 2014. The surgeon broadened his knowledge and experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery through traineeships in Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Turkey, France, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, and the USA.
Dr R. Bagdonas is a member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) and the Lithuanian Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the founder of the Lithuanian Wound Management Association, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the Head of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department of the Klaipėda Republican Hospital, a member of the Council of Social Partners of the Department of Recreation and Tourism of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Klaipėda University, and a member of the Council of Medical Treatment at the Klaipėda Republican Hospital.
‘I feel exalted and happy being able to help a person looking for a solution. Self-confidence is one of the most important things in life.’ (Dr Rokas Bagdonas)
From generation to generation
Surgeon R. Bagdonas not only has the doctor’s calling in his genes, but is connected with art. His late father, Dr habil. Edmundas Pranas Bagdonas, was a thoracic surgeon, his mother, Irena Žuklytė-Bagdonienė, an artist, and his late grandfather, Vladas Žuklys, a famous sculptor. ‘As a child, I used to watch my grandfather create the graceful and precise forms of the human body from formless clay mass. When I was sixteen, my dad brought me to the operating-room for the first time. Since then, it has been what I do every day, a way of life. I say half-jokingly that I could not think of another specialty because of my origin. The love and respect for art and medicine passed from one generation to the next could not bypass me,’ the famous surgeon says.
Dr R. Bagdonas’s wife, Agnė, is a dermatovenerologist. Together they founded Clinicus Klaipėda. The couple has four children: Paulina, Jonas, Mykolas, and Barbora.
Professionalism, aesthetics and experience
‘It’s very important to see your work not as a business but as a calling, a way of life, and to continuously develop and think of ways to help every person. I have to unconditionally give a part of myself to the patients, whether they need me during my working hours or on weekends. I can say without any doubt that I love my work and the people for the good of whom I work. My calling is my life with all of its joys and experiences. The path chosen, as well as the love for work and the patient, respect for the human being drive me to grow,’ says the surgeon. ‘I love precision by nature, therefore, each surgery is not only an accurately calculated medical but also a creative work, the result of which will bring happiness to the patient all his life. Plastic surgery should not be associated with vanity. Self-confidence is one of the most important things in life. Plastic surgery may become a solution enabling us to change not only the attitude towards ourselves but also the quality of life and to be happier,’ states R. Bagdonas.