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Title Section Head, Hand Surgery
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


  • Plastic Surgery - Surgery of the Hand
  • 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 6/13/2022, 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

374 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 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

51 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

Was very pleased with Dr. Friedman. No complaint about any part of the visit

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

Dr David Friedman displayed a very professional and compassionate manner. His explanations of my carpal Tunnel problem and recommended treatment were very good.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2022

The Physical Therapy dept. At Parkland referred me to Dr. Friedman, were very helpful.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Dr. Friedman was quick and to the point. Very happy with him.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Dr. Friedman was very informative and caring.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Dr. Friedman very informative and caring

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Dr. And staff were amazing.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Dr. David is fantastic

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Dr. David was very thorough and sensitive

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

Very good appointment with dr friedman

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2022


Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

This was my first appointment with Dr Friedman. I was nervous due tneedles In my hand to extract fluid. Dr Friedman was kind, patient, and explained everything he was doing step by step. And when the needle hurt, he was very kind and compassionate. I would recommend him to anyone needing hand work!

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

A pleasure to see Ketty Diaz and Dr. Friedman. They are a caring medical team. They listen. Perform a thorough exam. And explain as they go what they are finding. Explanations are clear as is the treatment plan. Would highly recommend for anyone in need of a hand surgeon. Can't say enough good things.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

Dr Friedman was excellent , made me feel at ease , so was his staff . Very efficient staff. My pain was gone but still some stiffness . He explain the process which I follow and feel better . Thanks Dr Friedman and also your efficient and courteous staff. Recommend you to my family , relatives and friends .

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

Already recommend Dr Friedman to people with my problem.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

Above ratings related to the wonderful Dr Friedman. Not the nurse.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

Dr. could've had a better bedside manner and talk to me more when I was in his office and he was 10 feet away from me

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

The doctor arrived promptly, answered my questions, performed the treatment, and explained what would be next of this treatment did not work. He was friendly and professional. He walked me out, since he was going in the same direction. Always 100% satisfied with the care I receive with his team.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

Excellent service from doctor Friedman Also for schedule team

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

Dr Friedman's entire staff was professional and caring. I could not have asked for a better experience.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

Thank you Dr. Friedman for scheduling my appointment for my broken wrist immediately after the accident. As you know this wrist and I have a very bad history and I greatly appreciate your help.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

It took a long time to make an appointment with Dr. Friedman. He is an excellent doctor and he performed surgery in my hand years ago. He is the only "hand doctor" at the Cleveland Clinic. None in Weston. He is at the Coral Springs site.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Dr. Friedman went beyond explaining my "problem" to my Princeton engineer grandson explaining the similarity of the hand "works and mechanics" to him. Unfortunately my wrist is so damaged by arthritis that surgery is out of the possibilities offered. He advised for a brace and to come back in three months and see if there are any solutions for the pain and inability to use my hand properly. Good doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Dr Friedman is caring

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

Dr. Friedman was highly recommended by a friend of mine - his OR nurse (Karen) - she says he's the best. We shall see. My surgery is tomorrrow!

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Love Cleveland Clinic. Dr Freidman and his staff are excellent. Thank you.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Dr. Friedman is second to none! Love him, his nurse, and his nurse practitioner! One of the best doctors I have ever encountered.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Had to wait too long for the doctor to come.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Overall I had an exemplary experience during my first visit with Dr Fiedman.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Dr. Friedman was friendly, timely, and answered any questions I had. I appreciated that the appointment was efficient and centered on my needs.

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

He is very good. I would recommend him always.

Reviewed on May 25, 2022

I was very lucky. I went on line and saw that Dr. Friedman had an appointment available next day.

Reviewed on May 25, 2022

From the nurse to the doctor, everyone showed the most amount of courtesy and concern for my well-being.

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Dr. Friedman is always friendly and professional!

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

I will recommend this provider to anyone in need, looking for a no nonsense Professional.

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Dr. Friedman was very nice and explained things well. I did have a hematoma at the site of the injection at the base of my thumb, but that's probably normal

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

Check out was 40 min wait after seeing the doctor

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

I'm very satisfied with the professional services and attention provided by Dr Friedman, Ms Diaz and their team.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

Professionalism, kindness and prompt attention by Dr David Friedman, NP Ketty Diaz and the team.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Dr. Friedman is an expert and he coveys that without having an attitude or being arrogant. He is just the real deal.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2022

Dr Friedman was very thorough and ensured that I understood the procedure and am very grateful. To have Dr Friedman as my doctor. He was able to relieve allot of the pain in my hands.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2022

Dr. Friedman was very good. I liked my appointment. He explained everything that was going on and what I needed to do and how long to wait to see if I needed another appointment. He knew exactly what was wrong.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2022

Dr Freidman was wonderfulUnderstood my issues

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

Dr Freman was very good with me,I go to him because he understands my problems in my hand immediately, and takes care it,and his staff is great.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

Great Doctor

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2022

Dr. Friedman is an excellent, knowledgeable, competent and extremely caring doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2022

The doctor was very nice and explained everything about my injury. He seemed like he really cared about me and my issue and I'm sure he does this for everyone. I highly recommend Dr. Friedman!

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2022

Dr Friedman is great. He is a good listener and answered all my questions

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022

My experience was extraordinary and I already referred my wife to see Dr. Friedman.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2022

Very nice caring doctor

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2022

My attending doctor listened to my concerns and explained options for my future care

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