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


  • 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

324 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

47 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

When I seen Dr. Friedman his comment was "I'm a surgeon, what are you doing here?" I was appalled by that comment. I was experiencing pain, stiffness in my fingers, plus, the palm area was sore to the touch. He never told me his course of action, only sent in his assistant to give me injections and weren't told what they were. There was no mention of side effects. I had to do the due diligence myself. He may be a terrific surgeon, but his "bed side manners" stink.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Doctor Friedman is great! Answered all my questions and offered recommendations for my concerns. Always feel like I am in good hands with Doc Friedman!

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

I'm a retired primary care physician and from my view point I thought the Physician doing my procedure did an excellent job. It was somewhat painful but it was right to give Physician a "Thank you" and I did so.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

Very pleased with Dr. Friedman and the staff at Cleveland Clinic Coral Springs FL

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

If I have to have hand issues, I will always see Dr. Friedman. This was my second visit. I am pleased.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

hard to believe that CC Florida has only one hand specialist. This is only noted because I have encountered this before at CCW. This doctor was very good and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

dr. freedman is an exceptionally good doctor.

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

great orthopedic doctor

Reviewed on May 22, 2020

I was really impressed with Dr Friedman he was polite came prepared and I was in and out quickly couldn't have been happier

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Dr. Friedman was terrific.

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

Awesome doctor. Kind and professional.

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2020

Great Hospital and Dr Friedman and his staff excellent.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

Dr Friedman and his assistant are very professional and thourough

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

The provider was very good.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

outstanding Dr and team.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Gentle and caring provider

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

went in to see doctor as scheduled

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

not enough information has been provided why doctor was against surgery because of preexisting condition while 3 years ago surgery for carpal tunnel was done despite known condition. my question why this time there was concern was not answered.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

I had excellent surgical results and referral to hand therapy post op in North Carolina. Dr Friedman, and his staff were most kind and attentive . I am very grateful for their care. I have referred three people to his office since my surgery in August.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

I learned more in my first visit w Dr Friedman than my previous 3 years dealing with the Dr I was seeing in Stuart (not CCF related)

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

The doctor was very informative and spoke in a clear language, so I could understand what was going on with my hand

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

this is by far one of the friendliest doctors who is extremely patient and very professional in knowledge.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

on a scale from 1 to 10 and 10 is the best. I rate Dr Friedman a solid 12 over the top.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

*Dr. Friedman. 7. Already have.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019

Excellent doctor and wonderful service

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019

Very professional and I love that he is always prompt. You never wait forever to see Dr. Friedman. Very caring and loving.

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2019

Excellent experience doctor is great doctor and his male nurse is very professional.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Cleveland Clinic has been easy to work with, and Dr. Friedman takes time to explain everything.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Great experience with Dr. Friedman. He took time to explain procedure and different options to me.

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

excellent Doctor

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

Dr was not fully aware of the problem, seemed office staff didn't explain fully what happened, that our was their mishandling

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

Dr Friedman took care of my issue and so far with the medication he prescribed I am seeing improvement. His staff were friendly and supportive and Dr Friedman was great.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

Although Dr Friedman is a surgeon and I should?ve gone to see a sports medicine Dr he took care of my arm and I have been seeing improved. He took his time and did a great job.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Have already recommended Dr. Friedman and Cleveland Clinic Coral Springs.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

The Doctor Is Very Much Knowledgeable About His Job And My Condition

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

I have a lot of respect for Dr. Freidman and how he runs his office and always on time. A little difficult at time getting an appt when I would like, but I know he is busy and I really have no complaints only praise for the doctor and his staff.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2019

the dr and his staff are terrific

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

I had a very very good experience with everyone who Ihelped me that day when I came to the doctor

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

The Care Provider Was Very Perfesonal,Kind And Knowledgable

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

Dr. Friedman is a very friendly person who is quite concise and makes complicated decisions simple

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.)

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