Caroline N. Wurtzel, M.D.

Dr. Caroline Wurtzel is an Orthopedic Surgeon with additional fellowship training in Hand and Microvascular Surgery.

Dr. Caroline Wurtzel grew up on a family farm in Homer, MI.  She graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology.  Dr. Wurtzel then obtained her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine where she graduated with honors and was nominated for the AOA medical honors society.

She then completed her residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Michigan, a level 1 trauma center.  During residency she discovered a fascination for the intricacy of hand surgery.  After her residency, she gained extensive experience in hand and microvascular surgery while completing her fellowship at the Mary S. Stern Hand Surgery Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, studying under the world-renowned hand surgeon, Peter S. Stern. She gained experience in complex hand, wrist, and forearm cases, as well as many microvascular repairs. She appreciates how important hands are to everyday life and is dedicated to improving her patients’ quality of life.

After completing her fellowship training, she returned to the area and currently resides with her family in Chelsea, MI.  She has joined and been committed to serving the Chelsea community since returning in 2018. Away from the office, Dr. Wurtzel cherishes family time with her husband and two children.  In addition, she enjoys spending time with her Dad on their family farm as well as summer months at a lake in Irish Hills.

Dr. Wurtzel is a member of the Michigan Orthopedic Society, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Her clinical interests include upper extremity trauma, compressive neuropathies of the upper extremity such as carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, arthritis, nerve and tendon injuries, Dupuytren’s Contracture, wrist arthroscopy and microvascular reconstruction. She takes a team-based approach with her patients, helping them understand their condition as well as treatment options to arrive at a treatment plan together.

“I strive to provide the highest quality care in a comfortable and warm setting and to tailor that care as much as possible to the individual needs of the patient.  I take a highly personal approach while caring for my patients and provide education about their current injury including surgical and non-surgical treatment options.  For me, each patient who walks through our door is treated like family.”


Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery

Medical Education

Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, 2012


Orthopedic Surgery Residency, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI, 2012-2017


The Mary S. Stern Hand Surgery Fellowship, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2017-2018

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Hospital Privileges

St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea
Surgeons Choice Medical Center



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