Christopher J. Van Hofwegen

MD Orthopedic Surgeon

Christopher Van Hofwegen joined our office in August of 2010. He graduated from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and continued his residency as a Hawkeye. He finished his sports medicine fellowship at the Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia. Dr. Van Hofwegen moved to Whatcom County with his wife, who is originally from Nooksack, and is a practicing Family Physician. They are the parents of three children.

Sports Medicine Experience

Team Physician Bellingham Bells 2011 (baseball)
Team Physician Bellingham Bulldogs 2011 (football)
Fellow Team Physician - Columbus Cottonmouths (Semi-Pro Hockey League)
Resident Team Physician for the University of Iowa Softball
American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Candidate Member


American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons

Medical Licensure: Since 2010

State of Washington


1. Fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at Hughston Clinic, Columbus
2. Residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Iowa, Iowa City
3. Internship in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Iowa, Iowa City
4. Medical School at the University of Iowa

Privileged Facility

1. Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center
2. Pacific Rim Outpatient Surgery Center
3. Bellingham Surgical Center
4. United General Hospital


1. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Injections
2. Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
3. Fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine
4. Sports Medicine
5. General Orthopedics – Knees, Hips, Shoulders, Elbows, Feet, Hand, CTS, Trigger Finger
6. Total Joint Replacements
7. Hip Labral Tear Repair
8. Arthroscopic Surgery

Patient Testimonials

Emergency Re-schedule

Our physicians are often called to the hospital or emergency room for critically injured patients. We regret the need to re-schedule patients, but emergency surgeries are part of an Orthopaedic Surgeon's daily schedule.