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Title Section Head, Hand Surgery
Department Hand Surgery Florida
Primary Location Coral Springs Family Health and Surgery Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, French
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Amputation
  • Arm Lift
  • Arm Reconstruction
  • Atherosclerosis Surgery
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Keloid Removal
  • Microsurgery of the Hand and Arm
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radial Artery and Saphenous Vein Harvesting
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Scar Revisions
  • Scar Surgery
  • Skin Grafting
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery of the Hand and Wrist
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Wrist Surgery
View all 21 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Benign Bone Tumors
  • Birth Defects
  • Blisters
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Burns
  • Bursitis
  • Cellulitis
  • Fractures of the Hand
  • 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
  • Scars
  • Scleroderma
  • Sebaceous Cysts
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Lesions
  • Skin Tears
  • Upper Extremity Disorders
  • Wrist Diseases
View all 39 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


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
  • Plastic Surgery - Surgery of the Hand

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 4/9/2023, Dr. Friedman has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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

480 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

62 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 24, 2024

Dr. Friedman carefully explained the diagnosis that was easy to understand.

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

Dr. Friedman came highly recommended and did not disappoint at all. He is wonderful heard my concerns explained everything very well and treated me with care.

Reviewed on May 9, 2024

Excellent physician.

Reviewed on May 7, 2024

The nurse helped me immediately. Then, the nurse practitioner came in quickly and the doctor came in very quickly also. Super streamlined and thorough.

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Dr. Friedman is very thorough, explains everything very clearly, he is very patient and kind. His team is very cordial and efficient.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2024

Dr Friedman is the best.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2024

Very good dr. Dr Freedman and MedMs Kerri Diaz are very good

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2024

Dr Friedman was very helpful and informative and knowledgeable and compassionate.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

PA was excellent

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

The Dr explained that management options will be discussed at next visit once imaging studies have been completed.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Terrific doctor and service

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Terrific doctor

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

I have been in touch with 2 of dr friedman's staff Alex and Hutch regarding my upcoming surgery. They have been exceptionally responsive to my calls and my chart questions.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

The doctor and staff were very patient and answered all my questions! There diagnosis was great!

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024

Excellent in explaining everything that needed to be done. What to expect. Very nice Dr.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

I was able to see the doctor weeks ahead due to a cancellation.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2024

Very happy with dr Friedman's care

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2024

Dr. Friedman has been my Hand Surgeon for years. I even drive to Coral Springs to see him now even though I live in Hollywood.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2024

Dr. Friedman , and his team (Hutch ) are patient and understanding. I've seen him s couple times and have been extremely satisfied each time .

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2024

The Visit went well. The doctor was very knowledgeable, courteous, and explained my options in a manner that was easily understood. Great doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Very professional doctor and stafe

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Helped my condition, Dr. FriedmAn, I have little pain in my finger, I had a lot of pain before I came here!

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2024

It takes too long to get to see a great doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2024

She was awesome im a nervous wreck at any medical facility very polite

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

The nurse practitioner was so nice and explained everything that was going to happen. She was great!

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2024

Every staff member was wonderful. Dr. Friedman is exceptional.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2024

Dr. Friedman and Ketty are both excellent medical professionals.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2024

I've recommended Dr Friedman as well as Cleveland Clinic to many friends

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2023

Dr. Freedman and assistant

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2023

Injection was done by the fellow and Dr Friedman stopped in.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

DR Friedman and staff were very professional and courteous.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

Hutch, Dr. Friedman, and the x-ray technician were all so very gracious, friendly, and professional. I so very much appreciated the exemplary care they provided.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Saw PA first than I did see the doctor so efficient.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

Doctor APRN and nurse fantastic

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Great experience withDr. Friedman.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Doctor was excellent in all matters.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

Thank you to Dr. Friedman and his team. Everyone was courteous, friendly and prompt.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2023

Very satisfied will certainly recommend my Care Provider to someone else

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Received good information for my own care and treatment and other options

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

The PA is very informative and caring.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Dr. Friedman made me feel very comfortable and explained everything very clearly. He is a great physician as well as his staff.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2023

I never a bad experience with this doctor. I ask questions and I feel satisfied and comfortable talking with him.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2023

Dr Friedman and Hutch are so warm and so kind and friendly...love seeing them

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2023

Dr. Friedman was delightful, as usual.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2023

Off course I can recommend this group of providers always , I have more than 2 years with the same Doctor and he is very professional.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2023

Dr. Freeman was very informative and respectful I would highly recommend him to my friends and family.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

I was extremely pleased with Dr. Friedman and he helped me a lot.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Ketty was very attentive and showed much professionalism. She was very knowledgeable and made one feel relaxed.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

The regular schedule was very tough. HOWEVER, Dr. Friedman's office did an incredible job of squeezing me in. So, I'm not sure my ratings are completely reflective of what turned out to be a very positive experience. It just was not that easy.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Dr Friedman is always very helpful

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

Excellent visit. Doctor was very professional and offered a smart, caring and timely procedure. Made it seem easy and no big deal as he corrected a 5 year old issue. Very impressive. Thanks.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

Dr David and staff excellent . Nothing but the best . Doctor is so kind and helpful . Put me at ease .

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2023

Outstanding experience. Dr Friedman is fantastic

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

Dr Friedman was a consumate professional. He explained my condition, its long(er) term effect and the treatment options. No words wasted but not a single relevant thing left out. My ideal for communications.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023

Dr Friedman explained the culmination of various procedures and imaging reports leaving time to answer my questions. He cared that my troubles were not resolved yet and offered a pragmatic plan.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

Dr Friedman had a great bedside manner and made me feel confident in his suggestions.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

Dr Freedman was a true professional who cared about me as a patient, not a profit center. He explained everything thoroughly allaying my anxiety and fears

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr Friedman and staff were outstanding. The only problem I had was with scheduling the surgery.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Excellent Dr care and services Very puntual

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Excellent Dr nurses and attendance

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

Dr. Friedman is an outstanding doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2023

Dr Friedman's concerns, evaluations, explanations were excellent

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