Dr. Ronald VanderLaan

Cardiovascular Medicine

In his spare time, Dr. Ronald VanderLaan likes to catch up on the latest research and techniques as they apply to cardiology and his role as founder of Grand Rapids Cardiology.

Toward that same end – and in order to further strengthen his efforts to serve patients – he’s recently joined forced with Advanced Cardiac & Vascular Centers for Amputation Prevention, a move destined to create even more options for those seeking treatment.

“I have personally known the founders of ACV for many years, and we regularly collaborate and refer patients to each other,” says VanderLaan. “We share similar values of providing experienced, personalized care, which makes this partnership a perfect opportunity to enhance our services while maintaining the same level of quality care our patients expect and deserve.

“By joining forces, we intend to draw on our collective expertise to build a cardiac and vascular center for excellence.”

A native of West Michigan, VanderLaan graduated from West Catholic High School before earning both his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Michigan. He completed a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, and eventually founded Grand Rapids Cardiology in 1987, growing the practice to more than a dozen employees.

A former long-distance runner and participant in more than a few River Bank Runs, he now spends more time chasing after his dog and following the adventures of his five grown children, who range in age from 24 to 34.

VanderLaan was drawn to ACV by its international reputation for saving limbs and says he’s excited to be “bringing the clinical portion to a practice that has been focused primarily on intervention.

“We’re both very patient-centered,” he adds, noting that both GRC and ACV insist on a “not-one-size-fits-all” mentality that considers individuals rather than populations of patients.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to reach out and serve the community with personalized options,” says VanderLaan. “We see the patients as our mission.”