Department Hand Surgery Florida
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida Coral Springs
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, French
Surgeon Yes
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Florida Coral Springs

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Amputation
  • Arm Lift
  • Atherosclerosis Surgery
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Hand and Arm Reconstruction
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Keloid Removal
  • Microsurgery of the Hand and Arm
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radial Artery and Saphenous Vein Harvesting
  • Scar Revisions
  • Scar Surgery
  • Skin Grafting
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery Of The Hand And Wrist
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Wrist Surgery
View all 19 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis of the Wrist & Hand
  • Atherosclerosis (vascular)
  • Benign Bone Tumors
  • Birth Defects
  • Blisters
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Broken Bones
  • Burns
  • Bursitis
  • Cellulitis
  • Fractures Of The Hand
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Hand Problems
  • Hand Related Sports Injuries
  • Infected Wounds
  • Joint Disorders
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Melanoma
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Nerve Compression of the Hand
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Overuse Syndrome
  • Pediatric Tumors
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Repetitive Stress Disorders of the Hand and Arm
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Scars
  • Scleroderma
  • Sebaceous Cysts
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Lesions
  • Skin Tears
  • Upper Extremity Disorders
  • Wrist Diseases
View all 41 Specialties +


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About David Friedman, MD

David W. Friedman, MD heads the new Department of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida.  Dr. Friedman will work collaboratively with the Departments of Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery. 

Trained as a General Surgeon, and as a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Friedman also holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand.  As both a Hand Surgeon and Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Friedman provides a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to patient care.

Dr. Friedman began his accomplished career teaching at New York University Medical Center in New York as an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery within the Division of Plastic Surgery.  He also worked for nine years as the Director of Hand Surgery at Bellevue Hospital Center, the flagship hospital of the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation.

The Cleveland Clinic's Department of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery provides a multidisciplinary approach for the complete and integrated care of individuals with injuries and/or disorders of the hand, wrist, and upper arm.  Our goal is to help people return to pain free, functional lives. 

Our program is the region's premier multi-specialty center for hand and upper extremity surgery. Working in close collaboration with the Departments of Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurology, Rheumatology, Radiology, and Physical and Occupational Therapy, we provide evaluation, treatment and rehabilitative care for most injuries and disorders of the hand and upper extremity.

Dr. Friedman's expertise in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery is a valued addition to our Cleveland Clinic team.  His presence will add significantly to the diversification of top quality care that the Cleveland Clinic strives to provide.  Dr. Friedman can easily be reached at 954.659.5430.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - New York University Medical Center
Hand Surgery
New York, NY USA

Residency - New York University Medical Center
Plastic Surgery
New York, NY USA

Residency - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
General Surgery
Newark, NJ USA

Medical Education - University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Dallas, TX USA

Undergraduate - University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX USA

Additional Training

  • General Surgery Research Fellow, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Professional Highlights

  • Fellowship Director, Hand Surgery, New York University Medical Center
  • Director, Multidisciplinary Hand and Upper Extremity Conference, NYU Medical Center
  • Director, Hand and Uppeer Extremity Service, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY


  • Plastic Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Fractures of the hand, hand and arm reconstruction, hand and upper extremity surgery, hand and wrist arthritis, hand related sports injuries, microsurgery of the hand and arm, nerve compressions of the hand, arm, and upper extremity, repetitive stress disorders of the hand and arm, wrist and distal radius

Awards & Honors

  • Honorary Police Surgeon, New York City Police Department
  • America's Top Doc, Castle and Connolley
  • Susan B. Deak Excellence in Surgical Research Award
  • First Prize, Clinical Paper, N. Y. Regional Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


  • American Society for Surgery of The Hand
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Peripheral Nerve
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 9/15/2019, Dr. Friedman has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Friedman receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

328 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Knows Medical History 4.2
Time Spent with Patient 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

40 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2019

Dr Friedman is an excellent physician and is doing surgery on my right hand

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

dr. Friedman was dismissive and belittling. He walked out of the room while I was still explaining my symptoms (tingling and numbness in hands that he completely ignored). He offered no treatment plan and told me to get over it and just stop yoga. I have never been treated so poorly by a medical professional. The nurse/assistant doctors were very nice and felt bad for what happened. I was so frustrated by Friedman's treatment I teared up, which he confused with tears over his diagnosis and told me to "stop crying over a tiny cyst". It is very clear that if he can't operate on the patient, he does not care at all about the problem and considers it a waste of time.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

dr. Friedman very good and knowledgeable

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Dr Friedman was professional as always

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

I found him a bit brusque, negative, making light of some of the things I had to say about what previous doctors told me. He seems competent. I prefer a doctor to let me make decisions, to be a cheerleader and info provider, not to challenge me. This was a second opinion for me.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

I had a great experience with Dr Friedman & his staff, from making the appointment to seeing the dr & everything in between. Dr Friedman took time with me & answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Dr. Friedman was great, too. He was specific and promptly seemed to find the cause of my pain/ tingling in the wrist and hand. He entered the room with a smile and got right down to business. Again, no waiting. You should put Dr. Patel in a class with this doctor to learn the skills of positive communication with patients. (He replaced my hip last year.)

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

after discussing why situation thoroughly, Ms Diaz then called in Dr. Friedman who also examined the condition of my hand personally and also discussed the diagnosis and possible treatment options which could be explored if needed in the future.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

service was very fast and prompt great service doctors were great

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

doctor was very good

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Dr Friedman and his staff are awesome- professional, exceedingly competent, and very friendly.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

Dr Friedman was polite, professional and attentive to solving my problem.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

Dr. Friedman spent the necessary time with me, was friendly and explained what I needed to know.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

I was very disappointed with Dr. Friedman visit he acted like he did want to perform surgery on my hand

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

I sought out Dr. Friedman because of my wife's experience with him & recommendation. I will gladly do the same!

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

Dr. Friedman is an excellent surgeon, and, from the beginning, I had great confidence in his expertise and the course of action with regard to the carpal tunnel problem with my right hand. He did tell me that I should have had the surgery ten years ago, so the nerve deterioration must have been pretty serious. Dr. Friedman was very attentive post-surgery, and I would highly recommend him to others. Although he wanted me to have one more follow-up appointment two weeks after my last visit in the Palm Beach office, we were driving home to Virginia, so he said it would be OK to do this at that point. He is a very caring surgeon with great people skills.

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

excellent doc and staff

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

Doctor was very informative

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019

We have recommended Dr. Friedman to our friends & family. Our daughter went to see him and was very pleased.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019

The people working with the doctor are excellent.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

The Dr and his staff were very nice and informative.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

*Dr. Friedman seems cold and arrogant. Several times he told me he was a hand surgeon - not just a hand specialist. Hesitant to provide a note for a special accommodation I requested of him.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

Both Doctor Friedman and his assistant John were a great team together. Once I was in their office space, everything went smoothly and efficiently. Doctor Friedman is brilliant, very caring, truly professional and his assistant reflects those values, too. They both instill confidence in the patient immediately.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

Dr was great! Got right to my problem and a plan to resolve!

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2019

Excellent doctor with a great bedside manner and - I know from personal experience - an excellent surgeon.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2019

the doctor was informing and comforting

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2019

Dr, Friedman is one of the most competent and highly professional doctors I have encountered at Cleveland Clinic, His skilled treatment was highly effective, and I am rest comfortably, Great doctor!

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019

My appointments with Dr Friedman and all of his office has always been wonderful. His nurse, John and his PA Ketty have been polite, helpful and professional everytime I have had appointments and surgery. I have had 2 surgeries on both of my hands for carpal tunnel. I would highly recommend Dr Friedman & his staff, to go to for any hand issues.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2019

My interaction with Dr Freidman was a very good one. He took time to explain the first line of treatment for my diagnosis based on his initial assessment; also advising that the oncologist would be given the directives related to my care.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018

The pain I had in the evening after seeing the doctor was impossible do digest

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2018

I am disappointed that I received only one option for treating a ganglion cyst on my index finger which causes a great deal of pain. Doc diagnosed arthritis of the joint as the reason for the pain and prescribed a gel to use on my finger at the joint which provides NO relief of the pain. I was hoping for an option of a cortisone shot or something other than an "oh well you've got arthritis".

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2018

I ended up going to the wrong doctor for my condition, but Dr Friedman understood that and did everything in his power to help me and pointed me in the correct direction of doctors to go see. He was very caring of my situation and I would recommend him to anyone!!!

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2018

I registered at the desk and the registration time was somewhat lengthy. However, as soon as I entered the office area, I was greeted and called into the examination room where Dr. Friedman came and listened to my health concerns and was through with his explanation regarding my concerns.

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2018

I entered the office waiting area, I was greeted and called into the examination room where Dr. Friedman came and listened to my health concerns and was through with his explanation regarding my concerns.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2018

Dr Friedman is the only doctor I will ever go to for my hand problems. Excellent doctor and very thorough and kind

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2018

Dr. Friedman is the best!

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2018

Love, love, love Dr. Friedman and Nurse Practitioner Katy.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2018

Dr. Friedman was excellent and his male nurse was excellent also.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2018

The best experience, I ever had at a Medical facility. Dr Friedman and his nurse John, were very courteous and professional .

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2018

the doctor was very thorough with instructions and left knowing exactly what was going on with my wrist.

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