Joseph Ward, M.D. Joins Munson Healthcare

Joseph Ward, M.D. Joins Munson Healthcare

Munson Healthcare Orthopedic Institute in Traverse City and Cadillac is pleased to welcome Joseph Ward, M.D.

Dr. Ward is a Michigan native who was raised in suburban Detroit and spent significant time in the summer on Torch Lake while growing up.  He received his medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, completed his residency at University of Michigan Hospital and Health Centers, and completed his fellowship at New England Baptist Hospital.

Dr. Ward chose orthopedic surgery with a subspecialty of hip and knee replacement because he wanted to perform surgeries that are effective and improve a patient’s life. Second, he enjoys working with the patient population and helping them stay active and vibrant. Lastly, he saw a tremendous need for hip and knee replacement surgeons and wanted to help fill the need.

“My favorite part of practicing medicine is the challenge of caring for the entire person,” Dr. Ward said. “I try my best to listen to each patient, understand their unique situation, and then provide individualized and compassionate care. It is humbling to learn from patients with tremendous life experiences.”

Dr. Ward strives to make sure his patients leave the office feeling heard. Whether the treatment plan involves testing, therapy, or surgery, he wants his patients to be confident that decisions were made working together and guided by years of experience. Dr. Ward uses modern surgical techniques, multi-modal pain management, and proven rehabilitation protocols to help provide patients the best outcome possible.

Married since 2010, Dr. Ward met his wife Claire, an allergy specialist, at medical school orientation. They have four children. He values date nights with his wife and spending one-on-one time with his children. He enjoys cross-country and downhill skiing, jogging, golf, and cycling. He looks forward to becoming involved in church activities. Dr. Ward and his family could not be happier to be living in northern Michigan.

Munson Healthcare Orthopedic Institute is located at 3537 W. Front Street in Traverse City and 8872 Professional Drive in Cadillac. To make an appointment, call 231-935-5880.

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