Dr. Nicholas Bastidas




About Dr. Bastidas

Dr. Nicholas Bastidas is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in the treatment of pediatric and adult craniofacial and cleft abnormalities.  He is a native New Yorker and is fluent in both English and conversational Spanish.  He was recruited to the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Care System in April of 2013.


Dr. Bastidas attended the prestigious New York University (NYU) medical school where he graduated with his medical doctorate (M.D.) with distinguished honors in cell biology research after defending a thesis on vascular stem cell biology.

He was then accepted into the NYU combined Plastic Surgery program (an accelerated six year residency) where he performed reconstructive and aesthetic surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital, and Manhattan Eye and Ear Infirmary.  He then went on complete an additional year of subspecialty training (fellowship) in Craniofacial and Cleft surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

He is the recipient of four research grants to date, including one from the National Institute of Health.  He is the author of over 23 peer-reviewed publications and has presented his research at national and regional plastic surgery meetings.  He is also a volunteer surgeon with the international organizations Operation Smile and Smile Train, and has attended several surgical missions providing cleft and craniofacial surgery to indigent children and adults.


Allergan Medical Investigators Grant

American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons – 2011 Resident Scholar Award

National Institute of Health (NIH) Supplemental Grant


Professional Memberships / Affiliations

American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association

American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons

Candidate for Active Membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons



Dr. Bastidas is a leader in his field and has over 20 peer-reviewed studies published.

Ear lobule reconstruction using nasal septal cartilage.

Design of a modified monobloc composite facial allograft technique in facial reconstruction.

Optimization of curvilinear mandible distraction using 3-dimensional computer-simulated modeling.

Utility of the ultrasonic scalpel in mandibular distraction osteogenesis.

Posterior cranial vault expansion using distraction osteogenesis.

Correction of the bilateral question mark ear deformity using double-opposing z-plasty and a chondrocutaneous flap.

Analysis of the long-term outcomes of nonsyndromic bicoronal synostosis.

The “sweet science” of reducing periorbital lacerations in mixed martial arts.

A single-institution experience of hand surgery litigation in a major replantation center.

Suspension of the brow in facial paralysis and frontalis loss.

Power-assisted suction lipectomy of fasciocutaneous flaps in the extremities.

The treachery of mandibular angle augmentation.

Closed mallet thumb injury: a review of the literature and case study of the use of magnetic resonance imaging in deciding treatment.

Acellular dermal matrix for temporary coverage of exposed critical neurovascular structures in extremity wounds.

Age decreases endothelial progenitor cell recruitment through decreases in hypoxia-inducible factor 1alpha stabilization during ischemia.

Uniaxial mechanical strain: an in vitro correlate to distraction osteogenesis.

Successful replantation of an amputated nose after dog bite injury.

Mechanical strain alters gene expression in an in vitro model of hypertrophic scarring.

Progenitor cell trafficking is regulated by hypoxic gradients through HIF-1 induction of SDF-1.

Topical vascular endothelial growth factor accelerates diabetic wound healing through increased angiogenesis and by mobilizing and recruiting bone marrow-derived cells.