Captain Bitonti was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1981 with a bachelor of arts in chemistry and received a doctor of dental medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1985. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Navy Dental Corps Lieutenant with his first duty assignment at Naval Dental Center Charleston. In June 1986, he transferred to the USS Holland (AS 32), serving as Assistant Dental Officer and Division Officer. While aboard USS Holland (AS 32), Captain Bitonti was the first Navy dental officer to qualify as a Surface Warfare Officer while a dental officer. Captain Bitonti transferred to Naval Hospital Charleston in July 1988 serving as the General Dentist and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Dental Division Officer.
Selected for training in 1988, and in 1989 was assigned to the Naval Dental Center Norfolk where he completed an advanced clinical program in exodontia. His next assignment was as Assistant Dental Officer aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), serving from 1990 to 1992, and he qualified as a Medical Department Surface Warfare Officer. In 1991, Captain Bitonti was selected for training and began his residency program as a Full Time Out-Service Resident (FTOS) in June 1992 at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, where he received his residency certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery. In July of 1996, he returned to USS Enterprise (CVN 65), where he served as the ship’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Assistant Dental Officer. In October 1997, Captain Bitonti reported to the National Naval Medical Center as Staff Surgeon and Associate Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program.
Captain Bitonti next reported as Chairman, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Naval Postgraduate Dental School in July 2000. In addition, he was chosen and served additional duty as the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialty Advisor to the Surgeon General, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and a member of the Presidential Support Team. In October 2003, he transferred to the National Naval Medical Center as Head, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Dental Department while continuing both of his additional duties as the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialty Advisor and Presidential Support Team member. In November 2006, he assumed the duties as the Director for Surgical Services, National Naval Medical Center, and in July 2009 Captain Bitonti was named the Deputy Commander for Integration and Transition, National Naval Medical Center, principally responsible for the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) directed integration and merger of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center. He was named the Senior Military Advisor to the Commander, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in December 2011. Captain Bitonti assumed command of Naval Support Activity Bethesda in September 2013 with responsibility for the military base in Bethesda, Maryland.
Captain Bitonti is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He is a Fellow in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and the International College of Dentists. In addition, he maintains membership in the American Dental Association, American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association, Southwest Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Middle Atlantic Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Dental Education Association.
Captain Bitonti’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three gold stars in lieu of fourth award), Army Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with gold star in lieu of second award).