At the Michigan Knee Institute, we strive to be the industry leader in minimally invasive orthopedic knee replacement surgery. Our focus is to repair, rebuild, and restore musculoskeletal strength and flexibility in the knee with a progressive approach to orthopedic medicine and personalized patient care.

We are committed to improving our patient’s mobility and quality of life by utilizing advanced technology and the most innovative minimally invasive procedures and treatment options. We strive to provide patients with exceptional orthopedic care, compassion, and service.

Our healthcare team is the source of our strength and are committed to treating each other with honesty, respect, and dignity. We recognize people as unique and valuable and strive to meet their individual needs with care, efficiency and communication.

Janelle Petrucci
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Dr Declaire and Natalie have been great throughout the whole process of my partial knee replacement. They are very attentive and good with pain management. They are also very patient and take their time to thoroughly explain things.
Heidi Purkiss
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Dr. DeClaire and his PA Meredith are by far the best out there!! I highly recommend Dr. DeClaire and Meredith. They are super friendly and I love their personalities! They explained everything to where I could understand. They also have a fantastic bedside manner. Their staff has s also top notch and super friendly! I had a total knee done 6 months ago and am feeling so great! I’m 48 yrs old and have had many knee surgeries. For the first time in years I have full extension and no pain! It’s so nice being able to walk up stairs and not do them one step at a time. Let alone kneel and have the opportunity to run if I want to. It’s so nice to be active again and be able to go for long walks with my dog! I highly highly recommend them!! Thank you to you both and your staff!!!
Helen Lawrence
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I’m so thankful to have Dr. DeClaire as my physician. He and his staff have been there for me for the past 17 years. Thank you all. I would highly recommend him.
Gjeorge Jak
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If you are looking for the best this is your place! Doctor Jeffrey H. DeClaire is a master at his craft! Thank you!
Robert C.
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Amazing results on my Knee replacement! Full range of motion in 4 Weeks and was finished with therapy. 4 months later I am back to doing everything as before. Running well is the next on my list but I am presently walking about 5-7 miles a day. Dr. Jeff DeClaire is simply the best knee surgeon available. Even the scarring on my leg is minimal!
Cammi G.
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Dr.DeClaire, Where do I start. He is The surgeon who gave me quality back in my life after doing my knee replacement. Being 35 years old it was a big deal to me. His personality is great and he is personable and he listens to you and doesn’t make you feel rushed. His bedside is outstanding. I trusted him in his skills and knowledge. He fixed my knee and I was blessed to have a wonderful surgeon. I am so very thankful for him and his staff. What a wonderful team and great experience I had with him.
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I couldn't be happier with the total experience of my bilateral knee surgery. Dr. DeClaire has always given me the time needed to have questions or concerns answered. I had surgery on a Monday afternoon and went home three days later with a walker. The end result is that my new knees allow me to maintain an active lifestyle of 4-5 day bike trips, mountain climbing, and kayaking.
Del B.
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Nothing but Praise for Dr. DeClaire and his team and MIAS. Very good care, fast and quick diagnosis.
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At age 55, I had knee replacement surgery. My biggest concern was the ability to continue to play hockey… I was back on the ice in less than three months, and playing in league games again within four months from surgery. Rollerblading and biking are also pain free now. His state of the art approach immediately convinced me… I would highly recommend Dr. DeClaire for anyone considering knee replacement surgery.


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Dr. Jeffrey H. DeClaire is a trailblazing figure in the realm of orthopedic knee surgery, renowned for his transformative impact on patient mobility and quality of life. As a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic knee specialist, Dr. DeClaire’s unparalleled dedication to innovation and patient care has positioned him as a luminary in his field.

At the helm of the Michigan Knee Institute, Dr. DeClaire leads a dynamic and committed team that is devoted to leveraging cutting-edge technology and advanced procedures to elevate patient outcomes. With an extraordinary track record, the institute performs an impressive 1000 knee surgeries annually under his leadership.

With a remarkable career spanning over 30 years, Dr. DeClaire’s influence extends across borders. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work in outpatient partial and total knee replacement surgeries. At the heart of his expertise lies the revolutionary Elite Knee procedure, a remarkable fusion of computer-generated imaging, robotic precision, and decades of surgical insight. This innovative approach yields unparalleled results in knee replacement surgery.

Dr. DeClaire’s commitment to excellence is evident through his meticulous use of robotic assessment and a ligament tensioning device to ensure optimal implant positioning and balanced knee replacements. The impact of the Elite Knee procedure is profound, boasting elevated success rates and minimized complications. Patients who have undergone this procedure report an astonishing 98% satisfaction rate, experiencing fewer malalignment, instability, stiffness, and pain issues compared to traditional methods.

Dr. DeClaire’s pioneering spirit extends beyond his surgical prowess. He is a driving force in global collaborations with orthopedic peers, propelling innovation in partial and total knee replacements. His influence encompasses surgical techniques and implant designs, fundamentally reshaping the landscape of orthopedic knee surgery.

Amidst the realm of medical innovation stands the Michigan Knee Institute—a state-of-the-art facility offering a comprehensive spectrum of treatments. From minimally invasive partial and total knee replacements to robotic knee surgeries, cartilage restoration, and arthroscopy, the institute empowers patients to reclaim their mobility and embrace active lives once more.

Dr. Jeffrey H. DeClaire’s legacy is a testament to his unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of medical possibility. His transformative work has redefined orthopedic knee care, uplifting countless lives in the process. As a forward-thinking visionary, Dr. DeClaire’s collaborations and groundbreaking techniques continue to usher orthopedic knee surgery into new frontiers.


  • University of Michigan Medical School
  • Fellowship in Sports Medicine with a concentration in Knee from Penn State University Hershey’s Medical Center
  • Residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center
  • Residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Wayne State University

Hospital Affiliations

  • Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital
  • Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital


  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery – Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. DeClaire’s commitment to advancing medical boundaries and transforming lives is showcased through his extensive education, affiliations, and certifications. He practices at Ascension Medical Group University Orthopaedic Specialists in Rochester and serves as the Chief of Orthopedics at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital. Dr. Jeffrey H. DeClaire’s legacy is a living testament to his resolute commitment to excellence in orthopedic knee care.

Associations + Awards

He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is the current orthopedic consultant for Oakland University. Additionally, he has been an orthopaedic team consultant to local high schools, including Cranbrook schools, Andover High School, Lahser High School, Rochester High School, and Rochester Adams High School.

Dr. DeClaire has been named a Detroit Top Doc’s multiple times by Detroit Hour Magazine. And is a previous winner of the Outstanding Physician of the Year Award.

Our Team

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Natalie Peterson- Physician Assistant


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Jennifer Leonard- X Ray Technician


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Michelle Rudzki- Medical Assistant


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Leslie Rosenberger- Office Administration


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Coleen Zullo- Office Administration


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Sally Arabbo- Office Administration


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Sheila Palmer- Office Administration


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