He has unique experience in microsurgery and immunology. His extensive research utilizing stem cells in hand transplantation has been presented nationally and internationally and was funded by prestigious grants from the U.S. Department of Defense. Years of work in transplantation combined with three years of reconstructive training at world-renowned Johns Hopkins University have made him an expert in microsurgery. Although he operates on the entire body, his special interests are breast reconstruction (DIEP flap surgery) and peripheral nerve repair.Dr. Wimmers received his B.S. in Physiology at UCLA and completed graduate work in Molecular & Cell Biology at San Francisco State University. He received his medical degree from Howard University in Washington D.C., followed by General Surgery training at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He then performed hand transplant research at the University of Pittsburgh as well as Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. During this research period, he continued clinical duties by working as an intensivist in the cardiac surgery ICU at Johns Hopkins Hospital. This experience plays an important role in dealing with complex patient cases.During his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he had the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Andrew Lee, one of the pioneers in the field of hand transplants; in addition, Dr. Wimmers was selected to assist in the care of a bilateral hand transplant recipient.Dr. Wimmers’ numerous publications include one of the first papers to demonstrate the effect of CTLA-4 (a drug) to achieve complete graft acceptance in a transplant model.
Dr. Wimmers is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, and the American College of Surgeons.