Jeffrey B. Friedrich M.D.

 Jeffrey  B. Friedrich M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Hand and Wrist Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


Hand, Elbow, & Shoulder Center, Sports Spine & Orthopedic Health


English, Spanish


Primary Location

Burn and Plastic Surgery Clinics at Harborview

325 9th Ave., 8th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 


Dr. Friedrich is an a 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.

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.

Teaching Interests

He is actively involved in teaching different groups of students and trainees, both in the clinical and didactic settings. He has teaching responsibilities with the UW hand surgery fellowship; the plastic, general, and orthopedic surgery residencies; and the School of Medicine. He thoroughly enjoys all of them.

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 ClinicFellowshipHand Surgery
UW - Dept. of Plastic SurgeryResidencyPlastic Surgery
UW - Dept. of SurgeryInternshipGeneral Surgery
UW - Dept. of SurgeryResidencyGeneral Surgery


Board Certifications

American Board of Plastic SurgeryHand Surgery2009
American Board of Plastic SurgeryPlastic Surgery2008
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