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William Braaksma, M.D.

Joint Replacement Surgeon

Originally from Portage, Michigan, Dr. Braaksma is a dual-fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in direct anterior hip replacements, traditional and Mako computer-assisted robotic partial and total knee replacements, revision of failed total hip and knee replacements, traumatic injuries to the lower extremity, and general orthopedic fracture care.

After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology at Albion College, Dr. Braaksma earned his doctorate of medicine with distinction from Wayne State University in Detroit. While in medical school, Dr. Braaksma was selected into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society given to top medical students across the country. He then began his residency in orthopedic surgery at Michigan State University/Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners. While in residency, Dr. Braaksma scored in the 99th percentile of all residents in 2013 and the 98th percentile of all residents in 2014 on the annual Orthopaedic In-training Exam (OITE).

Following residency Dr. Braaksma completed two 1-year fellowship programs. Dr. Braaksma spent 1-year at the world-renowned Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington in Seattle Washington where he completed a foot-and-ankle fellowship with a heavy emphasis on operative fixation of lower extremity fractures and total ankle replacements. He went on to complete a 1-year adult total hip and knee replacement fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida. While at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Braaksma gained experience in direct anterior hip replacements, traditional and Mako robotic computer-assisted total and partial knee replacements, and revision hip and knee replacements.

Dr. Braaksma is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). Dr. Braaksma is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and a candidate-member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS).

When he is not seeing patients, Dr. Braaksma enjoys spending time with his wife, three small children, and black lab. He also enjoys playing basketball, watching college football and basketball, riding his Peloton, reading, fishing, and traveling.


  • Albion College, Albion, MI, 2005

Medical School

  • Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2009


  • Orthopedic Surgery, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partner – MSU, Grand Rapids, MI


  • Orthopedic Surgery, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partner – MSU, Grand Rapids, MI


  • Foot and Ankle Surgery, Harborview Medical Center – University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2015
  • Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Miami, FL, 2021


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Professional Membership

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • “Dr. Braaksma was very friendly and calming. He took the time to listen, explained everything, and told me what to expect in the future. He stated more than once that he was here if I needed him.”

    – Sandra E.

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Insurances Accepted

Accepts all major forms of insurance. Please contact the office at (810) 985-4900 to verify your specific carrier.


Mako® Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology enables Dr. William Braaksma to provide patients with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific anatomy and diagnosis. Mako promotes accuracy, enhances control, and spares any healthy bones, ligaments, or other tissues from being removed for a less painful and quicker recovery.

Dr. Braaksma is highly skilled and certified in performing joint replacements with Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology. As a dual-fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, he uses his experience and expertise to assess, plan, and operate with the technology according to your needs.

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