Nicholas B. Vedder M.D., F.A.C.S.

Nicholas B. Vedder M.D., F.A.C.S.

Specialties and Expertise

Hand and Wrist Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


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




Primary Location

Burn and Plastic Surgery Clinics at Harborview

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

Hand, Elbow & Shoulder Center at Harborview

908 Jefferson St., 6th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 


Dr. Vedder is a professor of surgery and of orthopaedics and heads the Division of Plastic Surgery. He is an expert in plastic and reconstructive surgery, hand surgery, and reconstructive microsurgery.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1981. He came to Seattle for an internship and residency in surgery and then went to Massachusetts General Hospital for a residency in plastic surgery. He was also a research fellow in surgery at the UW, a fellow at Harvard Medical School, and did a fellowship in hand surgery at the UW. He is board-certified in surgery, with added qualifications in hand surgery, and is also board-certified in plastic surgery.

Patient Care Philosophy

I strive to care for my patients as I would want to be cared for myself.

Personal Interests

Sailing and travel.

Clinical Interests

  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Reconstructive microsurgery

Research Interests

Dr. Vedder's research laboratory examines the mechanism of reperfusion injury, which occurs when blood re-enters tissue, and novel methods of controlling this process through modulation of adhesion interaction between leukocytes and endothelium.


Case Western Reserve UniversityMedical education1981
Harvard Medical SchoolFellowshipPlastic Surgery
Massachusetts General HospitalResidencyPlastic Surgery
Univ. of WashingtonInternshipSurgery
Univ. of WashingtonResidencySurgery
UW - Dept. of Orthopaedics & Sports MedicineFellowshipHand Surgery
UW - Dept. of SurgeryFellowshipPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery


Board Certifications

American Board of Plastic SurgeryHand Surgery2013
American Board of Plastic SurgeryPlastic Surgery1993
American Board of SurgerySurgery1987
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