Julian Kuz, MD

Julian Kuz, MDA Minnesota native, Dr. Kuz specializes in hand surgery (including reconstruction after trauma and arthritis), children’s hand conditions and problems, and surgery of the wrist, elbow and shoulder. Joint replacement and sports injuries are also areas of special attention for Dr. Kuz. He has authored numerous scientific articles, a book chapter, and two books on Civil War medicine. Out of the office, you may also find Dr. Kuz rock climbing, kite surfing, kayaking, ski mountaineering or running ultra-distance races.

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Hospital Affiliations

  • University of Michigan Health – West
  • Walker Surgical Center


  • Medical – University of Minnesota School of Medicine, M.D., 1991
  • Undergraduate – University of Minnesota, B.S., 1986

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand


  • Fellowship – University of Minnesota, Hand Surgery, 1996-1997
  • Residency – Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Orthopaedic Surgery, 1991-1996

Certifications / Memberships

  • American Society for Surgery for the Hand
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Michigan State Medical Society
  • Michigan Orthopaedic Society
  • Kent County Medical Society

Honors & Awards

  • Executive Board Member – Walker Surgical Center
  • Quality Assurance Committee Member, Walker Surgical Center, 2010 – present
  • Member, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2001 – present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2000 – present
  • Member, Historian and Chase Library Committee, 2010 – 2014
  • Reviewer for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 2004 – 2013
  • Member, Young Members Steering Committee, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2008 – 2012
  • Member, Historical Committee, American Society for Surgery of the Hand – 2008 – 2012
  • Chief of Hand Surgery Section, Spectrum Health, 2008 – 2012
  • Chief upper extremity consultant for Mary Free Bed Limb Differences Clinic, 1998 – 2011
  • Medical Director, Walker Surgical Center, 2007 – 2010
  • Medical Executive Board Member, Mary Free Bed Hospital, 2002 – 2008
  • Member, Public Education Committee, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2003-2007
  • Marshall Urist Presidential Guest Lecture, Association for Bone and Joint Surgeons, 2004
  • Course Director, Third Annual Conference on Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation, Grand Valley State University, Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, MI, October 1999
  • Grand Rapids Hospitals’ Research Foundation Grants, 1991-1994
  • Grand Rapids Area Medical Education Research Foundation Award, 1993
  • Minnesota Medical Foundation Student Research Grant, 1990
  • Minnesota Medical Foundation Parents’ Scholarship, 1989