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General surgeon Stephen VanWylen joins Aspirus locations in Medford and Phillips

Stephen VanWylen, MD, General Surgeon

General surgeon Stephen VanWylen, MD, recently joined Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics’ staff of medical experts. He provides general surgery at Aspirus Medford Hospital and minor procedures and office appointments at Aspirus Clinics in Medford and Phillips.

Dr. VanWylen comes to Aspirus with thirty years of experience as a general and thoracic surgeon. His special interests include thoracic surgery; the diagnosis and treatment of esophageal diseases, especially gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); breast surgery; and thyroid and endocrine surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Midwest Surgical Association, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), the Christian Medical and Dental Association, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). 

“I like taking on challenges, working collaboratively to make the delivery of health care better,” Dr. VanWylen said. “Surgeons should not only be great technicians in the operating room, but should also be great diagnosticians.” 

For most of his career, Dr. VanWylen was a surgeon in Holland, Mich., at a surgical practice he founded in 1988. “My interest in Medford grew as I liked the city and the people I met, and because I saw opportunities to use my skills in a new setting,” he said of his decision to join Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics.

Dr. VanWylen earned his medical degree at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Mich. He completed his general surgery residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., and his general thoracic surgery residency at E. Birmingham Hospital in Birmingham, England.

In his free time, Dr. VanWylen enjoys the outdoors, hiking, wilderness canoeing and tending to a backyard apple orchard. He is also a masters swimming competitor. Before going to medical school, Dr. VanWylen went to seminary in England; he’s taught high school catechism for many years. He and his wife, Kathy, have five grown children.

To schedule an appointment with general surgeon Dr. Stephen VanWylen, MD, call Aspirus Medford Clinic at 715-748-2121 or Aspirus Phillips Clinic at 715-339-4035.