Douglas L. Vander Woude MD

Grand Rapids, MI, US
Douglas L. Vander Woude MD

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

Dr. Vander Woude provides care in a professional and confidential manner offering his patients the highest level of confidence and trust. He is compassionate, understanding and committed to excellence.

Practice Specialization

Dr. Douglas Vander Woude offers his cosmetic surgery patients a unique combination of experience, knowledge and personal attention. With over 17 years of experience in the field of Plastic Surgery, his areas of specialty include aesthetic facial cosmetic surgery, body contouring, and breast surgery. Dr. Vander Woude also provides non-surgical alternatives, including laser techniques, BOTOX® and dermal fillers. He strongly believes that patients must be evaluated and treated individually utilizing proven, safe and reliable treatment methods.

Additional Information

Plastic Surgery Associates physicians are trained specialists with comprehensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures. Committed to delivering the finest care possible to every patient, PSA surgeons have achieved extensive post-graduate training and contribute nationally to cutting-edge research. They also teach current and future surgeons at the Grand Rapids Medical Education & Research Center for Health Professions (GRMERC) Plastic Surgery Residency.

Background & Certification

Board Certification

American Board of Plastic Surgery
American Board of Surgery
National Board of Medical Examiners

Professional Background

Undergraduate Education 1978 – 1982 Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI

Graduate Education 1982 – 1986 Doctor of Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School

Postdoctoral Fellowship 1986 – 1987 Intern in Surgery
Education University of Michigan Hospitals
Ann Arbor, MI

1987 – 1992 General Surgery Residency
University of Michigan Hospitals
Ann Arbor, MI

1992 – 1994 Plastic Surgery Residency
Boston, MA

1994 – 1995 Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship
Children's Hospital Craniofacial Centre
Boston, MA

1997 Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship
Boston, MA

Teaching Appointments

r. Vander Woude is currently appointed as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Michigan State College of Human Medicine, and is actively involved in Medical Student and Resident education.

Publications and Presentations

Vander Woude D, Wagner P, Shu S, Chang A. Enhanced antitumor reactivity of sensitized
T cells by interferon alpha. Archives of Surgery. 1991;126:307-313.

Vander Woude D, Shu S, Chang A. Differential effect of interferon alpha on the function
of effector T lymphocytes in adoptive immunotherapy. Surgical Forum. 1991;Vol.

Abramson D, Vander Woude D, Orgill D, Pribaz J. Traumatic avulsion and reconstruction of the midface: a case report. Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Trauma. 1996; 2:61-64.

Chang A, Cameron, M, Sondak V, Geiger J, Vander Woude D. A phase II trial of interleukin-2 and interferon alpha in the treatment of metastatic colorectal carcinoma. Journal of Immunotherapy. 1996; 18(4):253-262.

Martinez D, Vander Woude D, Barnes M, Scott M, Mulliken J. Jugular foraminal stenosis in Crouzon syndrome. Pediatric Neurosurgery. 1996; 25:252-255.

Vander Woude D, Mulliken J. Lip-nasal adhesion for unilateral complete cleft lip: Effect on medial and lateral labial height. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 1997; 100(3):567-572.

Mulliken J, Vander Woude D, Hansen M, LaBrie R, Scott R. Analysis of posterior plagiocephaly: deformational vs. synostotic. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 1999; 103(2):371-380.

Takada F, Vander Woude D, Tong H-Q, Sullivan M, Watkins S, Beggs A. Characterization of a novel alpha-actinin-binding protien specific for skeletal muscle Z lines. American Journal of Human Genetics. 1998; 63(4):A194.

Takada F, Vander Woude D, Tong H-Q, Thompson T, Watkins S, Kunkle L, Beggs A. Myozenin: A novel alpha-actinin and gamma-filamin binding protein of skeletal muscle Z lines. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences. 2001; 13;98(4):1595-600.

Mills M, Yang N, Weinberger R, Vander Woude DL, Beggs AH, Easteal S, North K. Differential expression of the actin-binding proteins, alpha-actinin-2 and -3, in different species: implications for the evolution of functional redundancy. Human Molecular Genetics. 2001;15;10(13):1335-46

Awards & Honors

2002, 2006 Teacher of the Year Award,
Division of Plastic Surgery
Medical Education, Grand Rapids, MI
Young Investigator's Award
University of Michigan Hospitals
Dean's List for Academic Achievement
Calvin College

Affiliations & Memberships

Society Memberships

American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive
Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Association
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
American Burn Association
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

Staff & Facilities

Surgical Facility

Dr. Vander Woude performs most procedures in a private, outpatient surgical center, which offers:

  • Three hospital-quality operating rooms
  • Laser technology utilizing three different lasers
  • Seven pleasant recovery rooms
  • Private, comfortable waiting areas
  • Friendly, experienced staff to help you feel at home
  • Surgical facilities that meet or exceed the standards of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)*
  • Comfort and convenience.

*The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), is the nation's leading accrediting organization of outpatient facilities. Being accredited means that we have undergone a rigorous professional scrutiny by highly qualified AAAHC professionals and found to provide quality care.

Skin Care Products

Our patients deserve the same quality of care for their skin as they do for our surgical procedures. That is why we offer a comprehensive range of today's best skin care treatments, all delivered in a clinical setting using clinically proven ingredients.

The highly trained licensed skin care specialists will set you at ease as they explain and perform each procedure. And because we are one of the largest and most experienced physician-directed skin care programs in West Michigan, you can feel confident that every treatment we provide is medically sound.

Payment Options

Our fees are generally comparable with those of other plastic surgeons in our geographic area. For each procedure, Plastic Surgery Associates charges a comprehensive fee that includes many valuable services and top-quality care. We’ll discuss specific fees with you during your private consultation.

Financing plastic surgery
At your consultation, we will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about how to pay for surgery. In addition to accepting American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover, we offer cosmetic surgery financing through M~Lend Financial and CareCredit. We provide patients with a variety of payment options, including interest-free and low interest plans that help facilitate treatment.

Douglas L. Vander Woude MD

220 Lyon St NW, #700,
Grand Rapids, MI,

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