1972 B.S. Letters and Medicine, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
1975 M.D. University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, M.D.
1980 M.P.H. University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
1980-81 Occupational/Aerospace Medicine Residency, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
Dr. Vanderploeg is the Director of the Clinical Preventive Medicine section in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health. He serves as the Associate Director of the UTMB General Preventive Medicine residency program and is a key faculty member in the UTMB/NASA-JSC Aerospace Medicine residency program. He has an active clinical practice in performing FAA medical evaluations, primarily for pilots with medical, psychological, or substance abuse problems. He is also active in aerospace medical research as the Principal Investigator for the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation at UTMB. For the past seven years he has served as the Chief Medical Officer for Virgin Galactic where he is developing the world-wide medical program for Virgin Galactic's suborbital spaceflight. He is currently an Academician and Selector for the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine and is the Chair of the Fellows Group of the Aerospace Medical Association. His previous leadership activities included President of the Aerospace Medical Association, Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, and Trustee and Executive Director of the American Board of Preventive Medicine.