Douglas M. Leppink MD

Grand Rapids, MI, US
Douglas M. Leppink MD

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

Experience. Trust. Confidence. The Centre for Plastic Surgery is renowned for providing 30 years of the highest level of patient satisfaction combined with a legacy of incomparable care. Many of the newest procedures in breast, body, and facial enhancement can be performed safely, conveniently, and confidentially in their brand new, state-of-the-art, accredited, outpatient surgical facility. Staffed with qualified, licensed nurses and board certified anesthesiologists, they are equipped to provide hospital-quality surgical care while affording patients the privacy, comfort and confidentiality that is difficult to achieve in a hospital setting.

The Centre offers a comprehensive approach to your aesthetic goals by offering several non-surgical facial and body contouring treatments and skin care products to help perfect your new look. From your initial interactive consultation to post procedure follow-up, the friendly staff and highly skilled plastic surgeons are here to help every step of the way.

So whether you want a dramatic change or to simply fine-tune your image, our board certified doctors are here to answer your questions, help you set realistic expectations, and determine the best ways to meet your aesthetic goals.

Practice Specialization

Douglas M. Leppink, MD is an Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the Centre for Plastic Surgery in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

A native of West Michigan, Dr. Leppink earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Calvin College and received his Medical Degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Leppink completed his General Surgery and Plastic Surgery residency training at The Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He also completed a Research Fellowship in Wound Healing with the Division of Transplantation at The Ohio State University Hospital. Dr. Leppink is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. As a member of the teaching faculty at the Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners, Dr. Leppink is committed to educating and training medical students and residents in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has been awarded Teacher of the Year honors many times.

Dr. Leppink is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and American Society of
Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, as well as the Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons and the Kent County Medical Society. He has been listed in Best Doctors in America and Grand Rapids
Magazine’s Best of Grand Rapids (Plastic Surgery).

Dr. Leppink works primarily at the Centre for Plastic Surgery, an accredited outpatient surgery
center and is also on staff at Spectrum Health affiliated hospitals. Dr. Leppink’s practice focuses on cosmetic surgical procedures of the face, breast, and body, and reconstructive procedures of the breast.

“I understand how important your appearance is to you. Let me reassure you that my staff and I are dedicated to giving you the kind of care that combines medical science and artistry. Together, we can help you confidently look and feel your best.”

Background & Certification

Board Certification

Board Certified, Plastic Surgery 1996
American Board of Plastic Surgeons
Recertified 04/01/2004

Professional Background

EDUCATION

Graduate: Degree – M.D. 1981-1985
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, MI
*Academic Achievement Award, Class of 1985

Undergraduate: Degree – B.A. 1977-1981
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI
*Member of Dean’s List

High School: Holland Christian High School 1977
Holland, MI
*National Merit Scholarship

RESIDENCY TRAINING

Internship 1985-1986
The Ohio State University Hospitals
Columbus, OH

Residency 1986-1987, 1989-1992
General Surgery
The Ohio State University Hospitals
Columbus, OH

Residency 1992-1994
Plastic Surgery
The Ohio State University Hospitals
Columbus, OH
RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

Research Fellow 1987-1989
Division of Transplantation
The Ohio State University Hospitals
Columbus, OH

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Clinical Instructor of Surgery 1985-1991
Department of Surgery
The Ohio State University Hospitals
Columbus, OH

Chief Administrative Resident 1991-1992
Department of Surgery
The Ohio State University Hospitals
Columbus, OH

Resident, Plastic Surgery 1992-1994
Department of Surgery
The Ohio State University Hospitals
Columbus, OH

Staff Surgeon, Trauma Service 1992-1994
Mount Carmel Medical Center
Columbus, OH

Attending Surgeon, Plastic Surgery 1994-present
Spectrum Health Medical Center

Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery 2002-present
Michigan State University School of Medicine

Publications and Presentations

PUBLICATIONS

1. Orosz CG, Zinn NE, Bishop KD, Leppink DM, Faherty D, Ferguson RM,
1991. Analysis of Retinoid-Mediated Immunosuppression in Vivo. Effects of R023-6457 on Cellular Alloimmune Responses. Immunopharmacology
22: 49-58.

2. Leppink DM, Bishop DK, Sedmak DD, Orosz CG, 1990. The Relationship between Leukocytic Infiltration and Endothelial Specialization in Murine Cardiac Allografts. Human Immunol 29: 247-255.

3. Bishop KD, Sedmak DD, Leppink DM, Orosz CG, 1990. Vascular Endothelial Differation in Sponge Matrix Allografts. Human Immunol 28: 128-133.

4. Leppink DM, Bishop DK, Sedmak DD, Henry ML, Ferguson RM, Streeter PR, Butcher EC, Orosz CG, 1989. Inducible Expression of an Endothelial Cell Antigen on Murine Myocardial Vasculature in Association with Interstitial Cellular Infiltration. Transplantation 48 (5): 874-877.

5. Davis JT, Leppink DM, McCoy K, Ruberg RL, Wright C., Lateral Thoracic Expansion for Jeunes’s Asphyxiating Dystrophy: A New Approach. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 1995. 60: 694-696.

6. Leppink DM. Delaying the TRAM Flap Prior to Bilateral Breast Reconstruction. Plastic Reconstructive Surgery 1996. 98 (2): 378.

7. Armstrong MB, Villalobos RE, Leppink DM. Free-tissue Transfer for Lower-extremity Reconstruction in the Immunosuppressed Diabetic Transplant Recipient. J. Reconstructive Microsurgery 1997. 13 (1): 1-5.

8. Armstrong MB, Villalobos RE, Leppink DM. Free tissue transfer for lower-extremity reconstruction in the immunosuppressed diabetic transplant recipient. Plastic Surgery Education Foundation, International Symposium on Plastic Surgery, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Africa, December 1, 1997.

9. Higgins TB, Youn A, Bengtson BP, Leppink DM. White Coat Hype: A Study on Patients’ Attitudes Toward Plastic Surgeons’ Attire. Plastic Surgery Products June 2004.

PRESENTATIONS

1. Zinn NE, Leppink DM, Ferguson RM, Orosz CG. Novel Immunosuppressive Effects of the Experimental Drug RO 23-6457. Presented to the Mid-West Autumn Immunology Conference, St. Louis, MO. October, 1988.

2. Leppink DM, Sedmak DD, Bishop DK, Orosz CG. Acute Vascular Endothelial Changes in Rejecting Cardiac Allografts. Presented to the Mid-West Autumn Immunology Conference, St. Louis, MO. October, 1988.

3. Leppink DM, Bishop KD, Sedmak DD, Ferguson RM, Orosz CG. Association of Differential Vascular Endothelium with Mononuclear Cell Infiltration in Rejecting Murine Cardiac Allografts. Presented to the Society of University Surgeons Residents’ Program, Baltimore, MD. February 1989.

4. Leppink DM, Bishop DK, Sedmak DD, Henry ML, Streeter P, Butcher E, Ferguson RM, Orosz CG. Monoclonal Antibody MECA 32 Recognizes an Epitope that is Selectively Expressed on Murine Myocardial Vasculature in Association with Interstitial Cellular Infiltration. Presented at the 1989 Children’s Hospital Research Forum, Columbus, OH. June 1989.

5. Bishop KD, Leppink DM, Ferguson RM, Orosz CG. Vascular Endothelial Differentiation in Sponge Matrix Allografts. Presented to the Second International Conference on Graft Infiltrating Cells, Pittsburgh, PA. September 1989.

6. Leppink DM, Bishop KD, Sedmak DD, Orosz CG. The Relationship between Leukocytic Infiltration and Endothelial Specialization in Murine Cardiac Allografts. Presented to the Second International Conference on Graft Infiltrating Cells, Pittsburgh, PA. September 1989.

7. Pelletier RP, Miyake K, Kincade PW, Leppink DM, Orosz CG. Serologic Evidence that Localized Antigen Influences Inflammatory Endothelial Phenotype in Vivo. Presented to Autumn Immunology Conference, Chicago, IL. November 1990.

8. Leppink DM, Ferraro JW. The Diagnosis and Treatment of Iatrogenic Pseudoaneurysms in Orthognathic Surgery. Presented to the Ohio Valley Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Indianapolis, IN. 1994.

9. Leppink DM, Davis JT, Ruberg RL. A Lateral Subperiosteal Thoracic Expansion Technique for Jeune’s Asphyxiating Dystophy. Presented at the 1994 Plastic Surgery Senior Resident’s Conference, Boston, MA. 1994.

10. Goldman B, Short K, Leppink DM. Microvascular Replantation of a Total Scalp Avulsion Including Both Ears. Presented at Grand Rapids Area Medical Education Center Day Research, Grand Rapids, MI. 1995.

11. Free Muscle Flap Coverage of Upper Extremity Wound in the Acute Trauma Setting, Danielle DeLuca-Pytell, BA., James Wire, M.D., Douglas M. Leppink, M.D., 1999 GRAMEC Research Day.

12. Body Contouring After Gastric Bypass: Profiling the Abdominoplasty Patient, Marguerite E. Aitken, M.D., Steven L. Ringler, Douglas M. Leppink, M.D.

13. White Coat Hype: Patients’ Attitudes Towards Plastic Surgeons’ Attire, Terrence B. Higgins, M.D., Bradley P. Bengtson, M.D., Anthony Youn, M.D., Susan Holt, M.D., Douglas M. Leppink, M.D., 2005 GRAMEC Research Day.

14. Skin Disease Other than Melanoma. Presented to Department of Surgery, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI. Douglas M. Leppink, M.D., March 21, 2007.

Awards & Honors

*Intern of the Year 1986
*House Staff Teaching Award 1987, 1992, 1993
*Resident Teaching Award 1992, 1994
*Resident of the Year 1992

AWARDS
Best Doctors 2011-2012
Teacher of the Year (Plastic Surgery) 2011, 2012

Affiliations & Memberships

Society Memberships

American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Michigan State Medical Society
Kent County Medical Society

Your Consultation

Complimentary for Cosmetic Consults

Staff & Facilities

Surgical Facility

All cosmetic procedures are done in our onsite private out-patient surgical facility. These include 2 state of the art new operating rooms with a comfortable fully staffed recovery area. Our Grand Rapids Surgical Facility is designed to facilitate a variety of procedures and techniques in order to allow you the privacy, comfort, and confidentiality that is difficult to achieve in a hospital setting. Staffed with qualified, licensed nurses and board-certified anesthesiologists, our Surgical Facility is equipped to provide hospital-quality, state-of-the-art surgical care. The operating and recovery rooms are fully equipped with the most current technology in monitoring systems to ensure the safest possible procedures and is accredited by AAAASF*.

*The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAASF), is the largest not-for-profit accrediting organization in the United States. The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. was established in 1980 to develop an accreditation program to standardize and improve the quality of medical and surgical care in ambulatory surgery facilities while assuring the public of high standards for patient care and safety in an accredited facility. Surgeons, legislators, state and national health agencies and patients acknowledge that AAAASF stands alone as the program setting the "Gold Standard" for quality patient care.

Computer Imaging

Mirror Computer Imaging
TouchMD

Skin Care Products

Many of our Grand Rapids patients love to improve their skin appearance (or complete their new look) with convenient non-surgical skin care procedures, Botox®, skin care, and more are available at The Centre for Plastic Surgery. Our aestheticians have years of medical skin care experience.

Our medical skin care products provide an easy, at-home system to produce maximum results. We offer products such as, Skinceuticals, Revision Skincare, LaRoche Posay, Avene and Topix and Retrinal for specialized treatment of skin discoloration, age spots, and/or fine wrinkles. Used together, the in-office treatments and home-use products produce visible improvements in skin color, tone, and texture as well as a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Payment Options

For cosmetic procedures, a deposit is required at the time you are added to your doctor's surgical schedule. The remaining balance is required 14 days prior to surgery. If, for any reason, you have to cancel surgery, your non-refundable deposit will be credited to your surgical fee if your rescheduled surgery is performed within 12 months of your original surgical date.

Additionally, we work with CareCredit, a company which specializes in financing cosmetic surgery procedures. Call us for an application and further financial information, or click on an icon below to visit their financing website. We are also proud to offer local financing with Lake Michigan Credit Union.

Douglas M. Leppink MD

Centre for Plastic Surgery,
2060 E. Paris Ave., SE,
Grand Rapids, MI, 49546, US

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