Joel R. Wolfe, M.D.

Joel R. Wolfe, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Wolfe's approach to medicine begins with a philosophy of providing every patient with the same level of care he expects for himself and his own family. Based on his thorough examination and diagnosis, and taking into consideration the unique needs of the patient, he recommends effective options for treatment, both surgical and nonsurgical, that can provide the greatest results for the longest period of time. By helping patients make the decision that is best for them, Dr. Wolfe puts the needs and satisfaction of his patients first.

As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Wolfe has served West Michigan since 1993. His practice reflects a broad orthopaedic focus, with special expertise in multiple areas of treatment, including knee and hip arthritis. His adult reconstructive experience includes hip, knee, as well as partial knee replacements and revision procedures. Dr. Wolfe has extensive sports medicine expertise that includes knee arthroscopy and ACL reconstructions. From weekend warriors to Division I college athletes, he has a high rate of success in returning patients to sports. Dr. Wolfe also provides fracture treatment and treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. The maturity and experience he has gained during his more than two decades in orthopaedics allows him to evaluate the latest trends in treatment and determine which may provide patients with the most successful outcomes.

Following medical school at Emory University, Dr. Wolfe returned to Michigan for his residency training at Wayne State University's Detroit Medical Center, where he scored among the top five percentile of the nation on his specialty boards. Board Certified in orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Wolfe is involved in the following professional organizations: Michigan Orthopaedic Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Ottawa County Medical Society and Michigan State Medical Society. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Wolfe regularly attends specialized surgical labs and training courses to stay current on all new protocols and procedures, while remaining up-to-date on all required CME material.

A skiier since college, Dr. Wolfe continues to enjoy the sport both locally and on slopes out west. He is also an enthusiastic sailor and recently participated in a national championship regata. Although Dr. Wolfe and his wife were in Germany in the same town at exactly the same time, they didn't meet until three years later, at the University of Michigan. Today, as active members of the community where they have lived happily for 20 years, they continue to support many charitable organizations. Dr. Wolfe was a mentor in the Hope College Pre-Med Program and he volunteers his time to help with athletic physicals.

Dr. Wolfe is affiliated with both Holland Hospital (Holland, Michigan) and Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital (Zeeland, Michigan). He is currently accepting new patients.

Undergraduate Education
Bachelor of Science, 1981, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Albert-Ludwigs University, 1979-1980, (Freiburg, Germany)

Medical Education
Doctor of Medicine, 1987, Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia)

Graduate School Education
M.S. Degree, Medicinal Chemistry, 1983, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Orthopaedic Surgery, 1992, Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center (Detroit, Michigan)

Michigan Medical Society
Michigan Orthopaedic Society
Mid-American Orthopaedic Association
AAOS - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Holland Hospital Medical Staff
Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital