Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates | Santa Rosa, CA

Michael Grafe, MD

Michael Grafe, MD | Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Dr. Michael W. Grafe is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with a certificate of additional qualification in Hand Surgery. He has been working at Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates since 2005, where he delivers cutting edge techniques for problems involving the shoulder, elbow, hand, and upper extremity. He is a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and is the Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Consultant for the Trauma Service. Memorial Hospital has awarded Dr. Grafe for excellence in care in 2007, and he has been named a “Top Doc” by Castle Connolly and San Francisco Magazine in 2012, 2014, and 2015. He was also “Top Doc” in US News and World Report in 2012.

Dr. Grafe received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the Boston University School of Medicine, as part of a combined program from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He then completed residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics. To further advance his training, Dr. Grafe also completed fellowships in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine and in Hand and Microsurgery at Columbia University in New York.

Dr. Grafe continues to lecture at national and international meetings in the field of orthopaedic surgery. He has been published in numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, posters and presentations, and is a reviewer for the “Journal of Arthroscopy and Related Surgery”.


“Dr. Grafe is one of the most comprehensive and compassionate physicians I’ve met and worked with. Many people consider orthopedic surgeons to be “hammer/nail” types; in other words, they have the expectation that what they see is “a nail” because they are “a hammer”–one diagnosis, one solution. Dr. Grafe, on the other hand, functions as a skillful and broad thinking internal medicine doc who also happens to be an impeccable surgeon. He worked with me to outline a strategy for my treatment and was able to quickly respond to new information and draft a revised strategy. Most of all, however, he also knows when to take the time to really listen and see the patient with authentic compassion. His assistant, Ashley, was also terrific–professional and kind.” -Janet Durgin

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