DR. STEVEN L. RINGLER is recognized locally, nationally and internationally as a prominent plastic surgeon, leader, innovator and teacher of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Ringler has a strong desire to provide education and leadership in plastic surgery. He served as the Director of the Grand Rapids Plastic Surgery Residency Program for 12 years and is past President of the Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons. He has also served as the Chairman of the Virgin Islands Workshop in Plastic Surgery for the past 16 years, an internationally recognized and highly regarded plastic surgery conference. The author of peer-reviewed journal studies and presenter at national and international plastic surgery meetings, Dr. Ringler is a professor of surgery at Michigan State University. Known for his compassion and giving, Dr. Ringler is the founder and medical director of the Michigan Chapter of Operation Smile International, a non-profit volunteer medical program providing reconstructive surgery to children in many developing countries and the United States. Over the past 17 years, Dr. Ringler has devoted his practice to cosmetic plastic surgery where he provides the very latest in safe, proven technology in surgical and non-surgical services. His dedication to research has led him to develop patents for non-surgical, botanical hair restoration treatments and techniques. He is the founder of Hair Restoration Institute which is now located at Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery. Exclusively dedicated to all areas of cosmetic surgery, Dr. Ringler has consistently been selected as one of the top plastic surgeons in the United States, by Best Doctors in America® for 1998-2016, an authoritative listing of the nation's top physicians in each medical specialty, by Castle Connolly as a Top Doctor® in Plastic Surgery for 2011-2016, U.S. News and World Report/Health, Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery, 2011-2016.
Dr. Ringler strives to provide you with exceptional quality outcomes that combine the latest in surgical and non-surgical advances with his own personal insight and expertise from his years of experience in helping patients achieve their personal goals. He is committed to the highest ethical standards and providing his patients with extraordinary customer service.
Dr. Ringler's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Board certified in Plastic Surgery
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Ringler's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
Body Contouring (After Weight Loss Surgery)
Breast Lift Surgery
Breast Surgical Procedure
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
Cosmetic Facial Surgery
Cosmetic Surgical Procedure
Cosmetic Xeomin® Injection
Ear Plastic Surgery (Otoplasty)
Facial Rejuvenation, Advanced, Laser
Fat Grafting to the Body
Fat Grafting to the Breast
Fat Grafting to the Buttock
Fat Grafting to the Face
Fractional Non-Ablative Laser Treatment
Juvéderm® Voluma® Injection
Kybella Treatment for Submental Fat
Laser Hair Removal
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Lift - Parts of the Body Other than Face
Mini Tummy Tuck
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Non-Ablative Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
Plastic Cosmetic Surgery
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
Precision Tx™ for Hyperhydrosis
Smartlipo Triplex® Laser Liposuction
Vanquish® Fat Recontouring
Malpractice Claims not available
Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Michigan.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Michigan State University
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1973
Michigan State University College Of Human Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1977
Internship Hospital | Completed 1978
Residency Hospital | Completed 1980
Southern Illinois University At Edwardsville
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1982
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
America's Top Doctors-Castle Connolly, 2010-2014
Lifetime Achievement Award -Grand Rapids Plastic Surgery Residency Program, 2009
Stephen J. Pratt Award Top Volunteer Ward, 2008
Castle Connolly, 2016
Best Doctors in America, 2016
U.S. News and World, 2016
Consumers Research Council -America's Top Plastic Surgeons 5 year award, 2014
Best Plastic Surgeon Grand Rapids Michigan-Grand Rapids Magazine, 2014
RealSelf Top 100 Contributor, 2014
Patient Choice Award, 2008-2013
U.S. News and World Health - Top Doctor in America, 2011
Best Doctors in America, 1996-2013
Most Compassionate Doctor, 2011-2014
Media & Publications
Ultherapy provides alternative to face lift surgery., 05/17/10
Dr. Ringler demonstrates CoolSculpting with Stephanie Webb from , October 27, 2010., October 27
Just Ask -Healthy You: Considering Plastic Surgery, 10/11/11
Treatment to Get Rid of Lip Wrinkles, 02/04/2012
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
Dr. Ringler does not have any memberships or affiliations listed. If you are Dr. Ringler and would like to add memberships or affiliations, please update your profile.
Dr. Ringler's Reviews
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