Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Keith Kenter
Keith Kenter, MD
Department Chair

Welcome from the Department Chair

On behalf of the faculty, residents, and staff I would like to welcome you to the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. We are dedicated to creating a culture of excellence in all domains of academic medicine. Our motto of “Legacy of Excellence” embraces our core values in patient care, teaching, research, teamwork, leadership, and tradition. The centerpiece of our department’s vision is the development of the medical student and the orthopaedic resident. We celebrate over 30 faculty, mostly subspecialty fellowship trained, in our department and have close relationships with our two nearby community hospitals. This has allowed us to provide complete care for both the inpatient and outpatient setting and for both the adult and pediatric populations. Many orthopaedic surgery faculty continue to be actively involved in both clinical and basic science research and have partnered with both WMed and Western Michigan University College of Engineering and Applied Science research programs. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is also a key member in the Biomedical Engineering Master of Science Program within the School of Medicine and is fundamental in developing basic science projects in our Biomedical and Tissue Engineering Laboratory. We have also just developed our Laboratory for Advanced Anatomy and Bioskills that allows our medical students and residents opportunities to further develop their surgical skills. Furthermore, we have faculty members that remain in leadership positions within our national societies, thus bringing innovation in orthopaedic education, assisting to improve our healthcare system, and making advances in orthopaedic surgery by developing state-of-the-art procedures.   

At the Oakland Drive Campus, our full-time orthopaedic surgeons provide care for the spine, the pediatric patient to include extremity and spine deformities, shoulder and elbow pathology, sports medicine injuries, and all fracture care to include complex trauma. We have developed interdisciplinary clinics for the complex pediatric patient and work closely with our pediatrician subspecialists. Our outpatient facilities also include on-site radiology services with radiology technicians, orthopaedic cast and splint technicians, and musculoskeletal ultrasonography used for both diagnostic and therapeutic needs. 

We are proud of the members within our department and continue to strive for excellence in all arenas by maintaining our core values and developing into a nationally recognized academic department.