Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has selected Memorial Healthcare’s Center for Orthopedics as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers+ are nationally designated healthcare facilities and providers recognized for their expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care.

This distinction is awarded to centers that have demonstrated expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, meaning lower complication rates and fewer hospitals readmission rates for our patients.

This recognition is a direct result of the commitment that Memorial Healthcare Center for Orthopedics has to provide the most innovative care at affordable prices for our patients. Our team of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons takes great pride in advancing care in our community.

To learn more, please contact Memorial Healthcare Center for Orthopedics at (989) 541-BONE.


Memorial Healthcare Center for Orthopedics, including Podiatry and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has moved to the NOW Building on Memorial Healthcare’s main campus!  

With this move, our two Owosso-based orthopedic offices have combined under one roof! In addition, Dr. Rory Cocks, board certified podiatrist, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation providers, Dr. Gary Branch and Dr. Ogo Azuh, have joined this location! For directions to our new location, please click here!

Orthopedic surgery services at Memorial Healthcare are provided by orthopedic surgeons whose knowledge and expertise bring a level of services previously found only in larger, urban settings.

Memorial Healthcare Center for Orthopedic providers include:

Ogo Azuh, MD
Physician Medicine & Rehabilitation

Gary Branch, DO
Physician Medicine & Rehabilitation

Ashraf Elbanna, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Ramy Kurdi, DO
Orthopedic Surgeon

Joseph E. Palazeti, DO
Orthopedic Surgeon

Brett Walker, DO
Spine Surgeon

Michael Smith, PA-C

Memorial Healthcare operates two convenient locations:

Orthopedic services are supported by the latest diagnostic imaging, CT-Scan and MRI technology. Surgery is performed utilizing traditional and advanced, minimally invasive techniques. The credentials and experience of these surgeons allows Memorial to offer some of the most sophisticated medical procedures in the world.

Bone and Joint Services:

  • MAKO robotic hip and knee joint replacement (partial and total)
  • Direct anterior approach (minimally invasive) total hip reconstruction
  • Arthroscopy for shoulders and knees
  • Sports injury management
  • Bone, joint and ligament repair
  • Foot and ankle services and surgery
  • Hands/Wrists
  • Reconstruction ACL repair
  • Sacroiliac fusion

Spine, Back and Neck Services:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Fractures
  • Herniated disc
  • Radiculopathy
  • Low back pain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord injury
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Tumors

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