Dr. Timek

Ewa Timek, M.D. specializes in a broad spectrum of plastic, reconstructive, and microsurgical procedures. She performs all types of breast reconstruction, including Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP flap), a highly specialized microsurgical technique which employs abdominal tissue and preserves the muscle.

Dr. Timek performs cosmetic procedures of the face and body including upper and lower blepharoplasty, brow lift, facelift, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, and body contouring, particularly after weight loss. Dr. Timek also offers minimally invasive cosmetic techniques such as Botox and injectable fillers.

Dr. Timek is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. She finished her training in plastic surgery at Loma Linda University, California where she stayed on staff to earn Board Certification in Plastic Surgery. Subsequently Dr. Timek returned to Stanford to complete a fellowship in microsurgery and then joined the academic faculty. Throughout the years she also served as principal investigator of various research projects which resulted in multiple publications. Dr. Timek is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Society of Reconstruction Microsurgery (ASRM), and serves on the editorial boards of the Microsurgery Journal and Annals of Plastic Surgery.

Originally from Poland, Dr. Timek enjoys West Michigan for its four seasons, the people, the professional opportunities, and educational opportunities the community has to offer. Dr. Timek is married to Dr. Tomasz Timek, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon, and they have five children. She enjoys photography and swimming in her spare time.

1/2014-12/2015
Division Chief, Section of Plastic Surgery, Spectrum Health Hospitals
11/2011-
Adjunct Professor, Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI
7/2011-
Clinical Advisor, Microvascular Surgery and Lymphedema Program, Spectrum Health Medical Center, Grand Rapids, MI
1/2011-
Active Member, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
4/2010-
Active Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
12/2009-
Clinical Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine
12/2009-
Member of the Editorial Board, Annals of Plastic Surgery
12/2007-
Member of the Editorial Board, Microsurgery Journal
8/2007-7/2009
Clinical Instructor, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Stanford University, CA
8/2006-7/2007
Clinical Instructor, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Loma Linda University, CA
2015
Spectrum Health Office of Research Administration Investigator-Initiated Research Grant , “Fat Grafting and its Effects on Tissues in Irradiated Tissue Expanders: An Animal Model”
2013
Novadaq Educational Grant, "The use of SPY in lymphatic microsurgery"
2012
Spectrum Research Foundation Research Grant, "Survival and revascularization of human fat grafts"
2011
Synovis Educational Grant, "Microsurgical treatment of lymphedema"
2011
LifeCell Corporation Educational Grant, "The application of indocyanine green (SPY) lymphatic mapping in supramicrosurgical treatment of lymphedema"
2009
Doctorate Degree, Division of Plastic Surgery, Wroclaw Medical Academy, Wroclaw, Poland
2008
Clinical Presentation Prize at the Stanford Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery First Annual Resident and Fellow Research Day
2004
LifeCell Corporation Research Grant, "The role of Alloderm in radiation-induced peri-prosthetic capsule formation"
2004
The Frank R. Rogers, MD, MBA Academic Achievement Award
2003
Clinical Presentation Prize at the Loma Linda Department of Surgery First Annual Resident Research Day
2001
The Frank R. Rogers, MD, MBA Academic Achievement Award
2001
Resident Scientific Paper Prize at California Society of Plastic Surgeons 51st Annual Meeting
1999
Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship
1999
Alumni Award at the Sixteenth Annual Stanford Medical Student Research Symposium
1998-1999
Medical Scholars Research Grant, Stanford University School of Medicine
1996-1997
Polish Ministry of Health Scholarship for Academic Excellence
1996-1997
Jagiellonian University Medical Faculty Scholarship for Academic Excellence
1996-1998
European Education Foundation Fellowship for Summer Study Abroad at Antwerpen University Medical School, Antwerp, Belgium
1995-1996
Jagiellonian University Medical Faculty Scholarship for Academic Excellence
1996-1997
European Education Foundation Fellowship for Summer Study Abroad at Lyon Medical School, Lyon, France
1994-1995
Jagiellonian University Medical Faculty Scholarship for Academic Excellence
1994-1995
Jagiellonian University Exchange Fellowship for Summer Study at Bochum Medical School, Bochum, Germany
1994-1995
Polish Ministry of Health Scholarship for Academic Excellence
1993-1994
Jagiellonian University Medical Faculty Scholarship for Academic Excellence
1993
Elected to Independent Curriculum Study Track for Academic Excellence
1992- 1995
Vice President, Student Scientific Society at the Jagiellonian University Department of Maxillo-Facial and Dental Surgery
1992
English Language Course Scholarship in Rybnik, Poland

Qu LT, Kelpin JP, Eichhorn MG, Komorowska-Timek E. Spectacles under Pedicles: Eyewear Modification with the Paramedian Forehead Flap.
Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2016 Aug 29;4:e1003

Turfe Z, Pettinga J, Leduc O, Leduc A, Komorowska-Timek E. Chemotherapy port related lymphedema after axillary lymph node dissection.
Breast. 2016 Aug;28:145-7

Lelli JL, Rapp DA, Komorowska-Timek E. Temporary Areolar Demarcation for Nipple-areola Complex Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2015 Aug 25;3:e490.

Karadsheh M, Turfe, Z, Komorowska-Timek E. Nasal endoscopy in total nasal reconstruction. Eur J Plast Surg. 2016; 39:65-68

Turfe Z, Komorowska-Timek. The application of a bilaminate skin substitute as a temporary coverage of a free flap pedicle. Microsurgery. 2015; 35: 79-80.

Al-Kalla, T, Ewa Komorowska-Timek. Total male breast reconstruction using fat grafting.
Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2014;2:e257.

Turfe Z, Davis A, Komorowska-Timek E. Complication rates of fat grafting associated with various modalities of breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014;133(3 Suppl):143.

Zomerlei T, Komorowska-Timek. Venous coupler migration- a near miss. Microsurgery. 2014;34:331-2.

Komorowska-Timek E, Lee GK. Tube-in-a-tube anterolateral thigh flap for reconstruction of complex esophageal and anterior neck defects. Ann Plast Surg. 2012 Dec 13. [Epub ahead of print]

Boettcher AK, Komorowska-Timek E. Maximizing the economics of the marking pen. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012;129:606e-607e

Komorowska-Timek E, Gurtner GC. Intraoperative perfusion mapping with laser-assisted indocyanine green imaging can predict and prevent complications in immediate breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg 2010;125:1065-73.

Komorowska-Timek E, Gurtner G, Lee, GK. Supercharged reverse anterolateral thigh flap in reconstruction of a massive defect of the proximal two-thirds of the lower leg. Microsurgery. 2010;30:397-400.

Komorowska-Timek E, Oberg KC, Timek TA, Gridley DS, Miles AG. The effect of AlloDerm envelopes on peri-prosthetic caspule formation with and without radiation. Plast Reconstr Surg 2009; 123: 807-16.

Sasaki GH, Komorowska-Timek E, Bennett DC, Gabriel A. An objective comparison of holding, slippage, and pull-out tensions for eight suspension sutures in the malar fat pads of fresh-frozen human cadavers. Aesthet Surg J. 2008 Jul-Aug;28(4):387-96.

Komorowska-Timek E, Hardesty RA. Successful reattachment of a nearly amputated ear without microsurgery. Plast Reconstr Surg 2008;121: 165e-9e

Komorowska-Timek E, Timek TA, Brady S, Buncke HJ. Perfusion, Viability, and Pedicle Dependence in Acute and Delayed Rat Island Skin Flaps. Microsurgery 2007;27: 146-51.

Komorowska-Timek E, Gabriel A, Bennett DC, Miles D, Garberoglio C, Cheng C, Gupta S. Artificial Dermis as an Alternative for Coverage of Complex Scalp Defects Following Excision of Malignant Tumors. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2005,115:1010-1017

Komorowska-Timek E, Teruya TH, Abou-Zamzam AM, Papa D, Ballard JL. Treatment of Radial and Ulnar Artery Pseudoaneurysms Using Percutaneous Thrombin Injection. J Hand Surg (Am) 2004, 29A: 936-942

Komorowska-Timek E, Timek TA, Brevetti LS, Szuba A, Stuehlinger M, Hardesty RA, Buncke HJ. Oral Administration Of L-Arginine Decreases Necrosis Of The Epigastric Skin Flap In The Rat. Ann Plast Surg 2004, 53: 73-78.

Komorowska-Timek E. Timek TA, Brevetti LS, Zhang F, Lineaweaver WC, Buncke HJ. The Effect of Single Administration Of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor or L-Arginine on Necrosis And Vasculature Of The Epigastric Flap In The Rat Model. Br J Plast Surg 2004, 57: 317-325

Komorowska-Timek E, Zhang F, Shi DY, Lineaweaver WC, Buncke HJ. The Effect of Cryopreservation On Patency And Histological Changes of Arterial Isogenic and Allogeneic Grafts in The Rat Model. Ann Plast Surg. 2002 Oct;49(4):404-409

Hui KC, Zhang F, Shaw WW, Tylor A, Komorowska-Timek E, Lineaweaver WC. Assessment of the Patency of Microvascular Venous Anastomosis. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2002 Feb, 18(2):111-114

Fischer K, Zhang F, Komorowska-Timek E, Guo M, Dorsett-Martin W, Buncke HJ, Lineaweaver WC. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Improves The Flap Survival In A Rat TRAM Flap Model. Plastic Surgical Forum 2000, 23:21-23.

Zhang, F, Fischer K, Komorowska-Timek E, Guo M, Cui D, Dorsett-Martin W, Buncke HJ, Lineaweaver WC. Improvement of Skin Paddle Survival by Application of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in a Rat TRAM Flap Model. Ann Plast Surg. 2001 Mar;46(3):314-319.

Chen SG, Zhang F, Komorowska-Timek E, Lineaweaver WC, Buncke HJ: Acromoitrapezius Flap: A New Osteomuscular Free Flap Model in the Rat. Br J Plast Surg. 2000 Oct;53(7):612-615

Shi DY, Zhang F, Kryger Z, Komorowska-Timek E, Lineaweaver WC, Buncke HJ: The Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen on the Healing of the Vascular Anastomosis. J Reconstr Microsurg. 1999 Oct;15(7):539-45

Dogan T, Zhang F, Kryger Z, Komorowska-Timek E, Shi DY, Lineaweaver WC, Buncke HJ: Saphenous Neurocutaneous Island Flap Model in the Rat Necrosis. Evaluation of Vascular Supply. Ann Plast Surg. 1999 Oct;43(4):416-420

Hu M, Sabelman EE, Lai S, Komorowska-Timek E, Zhang F, Hentz VR, Lineaweaver WC. Polypeptide Resurfacing Method Improves Fibroblast's Adhesion To Hyaluronan Strands. J Biomed Mater Res 1999 Oct;47(1):79-84

Komorowska-Timek E, Chen SG, Zhang F, Dogan T, Lineaweaver WC, Buncke HJ: Prolonged Topical Use of Verapamil and Lidocaine Decreases Skin Flap Necrosis. Ann Plast Surg. 1999 Sep;43(3):283-288

Dogan T, Kryger Z, Zhang F, Shi, DY, Komorowska-Timek E, Lineaweaver WC, Buncke HJ: The Quadriceps Femoris Muscle Flap: The Largest Muscle Flap Model in the Rat. J Reconstr Microsurg 1999 Aug;15(6):433-437

Kryger Z, Dogan T, Zhang F, Komorowska-Timek E, Shi DY, Cheng C, Lineaweaver WC, Buncke HJ: The Effect of VEGF Administration Following Ischemia on Survival of the Gracilis Muscle Flap in the Rat. Ann Plast Surg. 1999 Aug;43(2):172-178

Hui KCW, Zhang F, Komorowska-Timek E, Bloom H, Lineaweaver WC. Compartment Syndrome of the Forearm as the Initial Symptom of Systemic Vibrio Vulnificus Infection. J Hand Surg [Am]. 1999 Jul;24(4):715-717

Komorowska-Timek E, Newlin L, Zhang F, Dogan T, Lineaweaver WC, Buncke HJ: Rat Teeth Shortening Prevents Autocannibalization of Surgical Flaps. J Reconstr Microsurg. 1999 May;15(4):303-306

“Survival of human fat xenografts”
“The role of lymphaticovenous anastomosis in prevention of breast cancer-related lymphedema”
“The role of microsurgery in treatment of lymphedema”
“Fat grafting in reconstruction of radiated and non-radiated breasts”

American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)

Dr. Ewa Timek is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The mission of ABPS is to promote safe, ethical, efficacious plastic surgery to the public by maintaining high standards for the education, examination, certification and recertification of plastic surgeons.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Dr. Ewa Timek is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the Society is composed of more than 7,000 physician members and represents more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States who perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. The mission of ASPS is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. The Society is a strong advocate for patient safety and requires its members to operate in accredited surgical facilities that have passed rigorous external review of equipment and staffing. The patients can find out about the most common cosmetic, reconstructive and non-surgical procedures by visiting the ASPS website www.plasticsurgery.org.

American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM)

The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) was established in 1984 and has served to promote, encourage, foster, and advance the art and science of microsurgery and complex reconstruction and to establish a forum for teaching, research and free discussion of reconstructive microsurgical methods and principles. Today the society is comprised of more than five hundred members from sixteen countries and continues to evolve and grow providing a major engine for microsurgical advancement. ASRM also serves as a forum to share concerns and experiences about the most challenging cases. As a member of the Society, Dr. Timek was awarded a 2nd Case, Best Save session at the ASRM annual meeting in 2013. To find out more about microsurgical procedures visit www.microsurg.org.