Dr. William Cullen has a broad experience in both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery. His experience assures that his patients receive the benefit of his surgical skills and clinical knowledge. Dr. Cullen is a native of Wisconsin. He lived in Ireland for several years and graduated with a Masters degree from Trinity College Dublin. In 1995 he graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin with honors. Dr. Cullen completed both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery residencies at the Grand Rapids/Michigan State University program. After completing residency Dr. Cullen continued training with a fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at the University of Utah. During this time he taught plastic surgery residents and was involved in a mission trip to Latin America. Since his return to Michigan, Dr. Cullen has focused on both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. He has expanded his practice to include all areas of cosmetic surgery including, breast augmentation, body contouring, liposuction, and cosmetic surgery of the face. He uses the most advanced techniques available. Dr. Cullen is an Assistant Professor in the Department Surgery at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, and Chief of Plastic Surgery with Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Other professional memberships include; The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Kent County Medical Society, Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons, Michigan State Medical Society, and The Botox Cosmetic Physician Network. He has been selected as one of The Best Doctors in America since 2009. Dr. Cullen has been spotlighted in The Leading Physicians of The World, and has also been selected as one of West Michigan’s Top Doctors, Grand Rapids Magazine.
At Elite Plastic Surgery you will discover a refreshing combination of exceptional patient care and leading-edge surgical expertise. We dedicate ourselves to thorough patient education and communication, so your needs and our services work in tandem to meet all expectations.
Led by Board Certified plastic surgeons Dr. Shannon Armstrong, Dr. Paul Luce, Dr. Matthew Martin, Dr. Ronald Ford and Dr. William Cullen, we offer several years of combined experience. Services include a full range of advanced cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, along with the latest in non-surgical skin care treatments and therapies.
Dr. Cullen'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. Cullen'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
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
De Quervain's Disease
Deformities of Auricle or Pinna
Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
Osteoarthritis of Hands
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Adjacent Tissue Transfer
Breast Lift Surgery
Breast Surgical Procedure
Burn Care Services
Carpal Tunnel Release
De Quervain's Release
Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
Ear Plastic Surgery (Otoplasty)
Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
Excision of Skin Cancer
Excision of Skin Lesion
Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
Nerve Block, Somatic
Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
Peripheral Nerve Block
Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
Trigger Finger Release
Trigger Point Injection
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
University of Dublin / Trinity College / School of Physic
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1988
Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical School | Graduated 1995
Butterworth Hosp/Mi State University
Internship Hospital | Completed 1996
Residency Hospital | Completed 1998
University Of Utah Med Center
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2001
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Cullen has no media or publications listed.
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.