Tim Lenters, MD

Tim Lenters, MDDr. Lenters chose to specialize in orthopedics because he saw multiple positive opportunities in the field: the ability to bring dramatic change to patient’s lives; the chance to constantly learn new medical care treatments, surgical techniques, orthopedic technology, and devices; and the opportunity to teach residents and other physicians.

The shoulder creates multiple challenges and he relishes the opportunity to help develop and teach innovative treatment options. Dr. Lenters was the first shoulder subspecialist in West Michigan. This allowed him to fulfill a void in the West Michigan area at the time. He has been with River Valley Orthopedics since 2005. It has been fulfilling to him to bring a level of expertise previously unknown in the area. He continues to bring new technologies and surgical techniques to his patients to achieve more reproducible and excellent outcomes.

When Dr. Lenters isn’t working with patients and innovating breakthrough orthopedic techniques, he enjoys spending time with his wife, twins – son and daughter – and the family’s growing pup. His hobbies include fitness, cycling, P90X, golf, spending time in the woods, and enjoying time vacationing with his family.


  • Shoulder/Elbow
  • Arthroscopy
  • Joint Replacement

Hospital Affiliations

  • OAM Surgery Center at MidTowne
  • Trinity Health Saint Mary’s
  • Southwest Surgical Center

Background and Education

  • Born in Phoenix, AZ, and raised in Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, 1995
  • MD, Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL, 1999
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, Grand Rapids, MI, 1999–2004
  • Fellowship, Shoulder and Elbow, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2005

Professional Affiliations

  • Michigan State Medical Society
  • Michigan Orthopaedic Society
  • Kent County Medical Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons (ASES)
    • ASES members must meet strict academic and clinical requirements, with election by invitation only. As one of only six doctors in Michigan to have such a prestige organization recognize his work, ASES is proud to have Dr. Lenters’s expertise and outstanding care on the team.