Jeffrey B. Friedrich M.D.

 Jeffrey  B. Friedrich M.D.


Dr. Friedrich is an associate professor in the Plastic Surgery Division at the University of Washington. He is an associate professor in the Department of…

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Patient Care Philosophy

I truly believe that the relationship between patient and surgeon is one in which we are equal participants. I always try to present all of the viable options to patients and help them decide which is best, rather than telling them which treatment option I will perform. I take this approach not just at the initial consultation, but throughout the treatment course.

Many problems that I treat require significant rehabilitation after treatment. While this certainly involves a commitment on the patient's part, I will be my patient's steadfast partner throughout the entirety of the treatment course, no matter the duration.

Personal Interests

My favorite activity is spending time with my wife and kids. I also enjoy mountain biking, reading nonfiction, photography and cooking with a smoker.

Clinical Interests

Adult and pediatric hand and wrist surgery; hand burns; lower extremity reconstruction; brachial plexus surgery; microsurgery and urologic reconstruction.

Research Interests

Resident education; communication skills; clinical outcomes and resource allocation in hand and wrist surgery; lower extremity reconstruction outcomes; urologic reconstruction outcomes and quality improvement initiatives.


Univ. of Texas, HoustonMedical education2000
Mayo ClinicFellowship
UW - Dept. of Plastic SurgeryResidency
UW - Dept. of SurgeryInternship
UW - Dept. of SurgeryResidency


Board Certifications

American Board of Plastic SurgeryHand Surgery2009
American Board of Plastic SurgeryPlastic Surgery2008
Dr. Friedrich is an associate professor in the Plastic Surgery Division at the University of Washington. He is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopedics and adjunct associate professor of Urology. He practices at Harborview Medical Center and at Seattle Children's Hospital.

At HMC, he focuses on hand and wrist surgery and lower extremity reconstruction. He works actively with orthopedists to help provide comprehensive care in these areas. He also collaborates with urologists to provide urologic reconstruction.

He is one of two physicians at Seattle Children's who care for all of the hand and wrist problems at that facility, which includes all aspects of congenital hand differences and pediatric hand trauma. He also provides care for adults and children with brachial plexus injuries both at HMC and Seattle Children's.

Dr. Friedrich is the director of the UW Plastic Surgery Residency and the associate residency director of the UW Hand Surgery Fellowship. As a result of the these positions, he has academic interests in medical education and communication skills. He serves in leadership positions in national organizations including the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Association of Hand Surgeons.
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