Dr. Schilperoort came to Prescott in 1997, joining Prescott's first board certified surgeon, Dr. Robert Bricker. When Dr. Bricker retired in 2001, Dr. Schilperoort purchased the practice. Dr Schilperoort is board certified in General Surgery and he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
Dr. Schilperoort is an Arizona native, born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. At age 9 his family moved to San Jose, California where Dr. Schilperoort graduated at the top of his high school class. Dr. Schilperoort's interest in surgery began when at age 17, he spent a year in Africa working with his friend and mentor, general surgeon Dr. William A. Johnson. A few years after Christian Medical and Dental Association designated him "Servant of the Year," Dr. Johnson was honored in 2007 with the President's Heritage Award for his lifetime achievements. With such an outstanding mentor, Dr. Schilperoort decided to pursue a career in surgery.
Dr. Schilperoort stayed in San Jose for his freshman year of college where he was named a President's Scholar at San Jose State University. Dr. Schilperoort transferred to UC Davis where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in biochemistry. Dr. Schilperoort stayed at UC Davis to complete his medical degree in 1985, and during his fourth year of medical school he returned for three months to work at the hospital in Kenya where his interest in surgery first began. Internship was accomplished at San Bernardino County Medical Center, and four years of surgical residency were performed at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton, California, UC Davis Med Center in Sacramento, and Scenic General Hospital in Modesto. All four of these county hospitals provided Dr. Schilperoort with extensive hands-on training. During his final year of training Dr. Schilperoort served as chief resident at the county hospitals in Stockton and Modesto.
After completing his surgical residency, Dr. Schilperoort spent his first seven years of private practice in Portland, Oregon, where he served as chief of surgery at both Woodland Park Hospital and Mount Hood Medical Center. While in Oregon Dr. Schilperoort worked in a group practice, East Portland Surgical Clinic, with four other surgeons. These surgeons encouraged volunteer work, and during his time in Oregon, Dr. Schilperoort and his family were able to spend three months in Kenya and two months in Ecuador helping out in mission hospitals. In 2012 he returned to Kenya where he performed surgical procedures in Dandora, a Nairobi slum, and also in a town bordering Tanzania. His daughter, Kelsey, staff member Marie, and niece Carly accompanied Dr. Schilperoort on this trip with the Christian Medical and Dental Association. Since his arrival in Prescott Dr. Schilperoort has also volunteered at a mission hospital in Honduras. With the retirement of the East Portland Surgical Clinic founding surgeon and with two other surgeons leaving the practice, Dr. Schilperoort agreed to join Dr. Bricker in Prescott when Dr. Bricker called to offer Dr. Schilperoort a position.
Dr. Schilperoort has enjoyed performing vascular surgery for over twenty years, but he became frustrated with the limitations of the traditional management of varicose veins which included the somewhat barbaric procedure known as "vein stripping." During this procedure a cordlike device called a "stripper" is passed through a vein, tied to the stripper, then pulled backwards, thus ripping out the vein. Dr. Schilperoort developed a renewed interest in varicose veins after a San Jose, CA company, VNUS, developed a way to treat incompetent veins with radio frequency ablation, rather than with vein stripping.
In 2006, with several other local physicians, Dr. Schilperoort built Tri-City Surgery Center, a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center. On March 8, 2010 Northern Arizona Vein Center moved into a new, beautiful office easily accessible to all Quad-City residents in the Centerpointe West development near Tri-City Surgery Center where Dr. Schilperoort serves as Chairman of the Board.
Dr. Schilperoort resides in Prescott with his wife and three children. Dr. Schilperoort's eldest son, Troy, currently works at Starbucks on Highway 69 while on hiatus from Harvard, Kelsey is a senior at Franklin Olin College of Engineering near Boston, and the youngest son, Adam, is a freshman at University of Arizona in Tucson.
San Jose State University, President's Scholar 1976-1977 University of California, Davis; BS Biochemistry summa cum laude 1977-1980 University of California, Davis, Doctor of Medicine (MD) 1980-1985 San Bernardino County Medical Center, Internship 1985-1986 San Joaquin General Hospital, General Surgery Residency 1986-1990.