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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

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 12/2/2020, 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

404 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

45 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Doctor and Nurse both attentive to any concerns you might have as a patient.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

I was in and out in a very short time. Dr. Friedman was excellent.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

great experience, Dr Friedman is wonderful

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

Doctor instilled confidence in patient.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

I had trouble connecting directly with Dr. Friedman's office. once connected, everything was easy.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

Dr. Friedman was excellent. He calmed my fears and was wonderful.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Dr Friedman is the BEST- so professional and smart. Very compassionate as well.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

Dr Friedman was excellenf

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020

excellent appointment with very knowledgeable physician.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Dr Friedman was both professional and caring

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

Cleveland Clinic is the besy, Dr Freedman is excellent

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

Very well run office with a Great Doctor and Staff!! I am 66 years old and I can honestly say this is the best medical facility I have ever been to!

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

It's the best hospital and most knowledgeable doctors that I've been to I've had 12 major surgeries in the last 3 1/2 years very impressed and it's close to home

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

there should be an Excellent column because dr Friedman is excellent

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

Dr Friedman and his staff were super

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Physician and Nurse Practitioner were very knowledgeable, thorough and compassionate.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

the doctors assistant John is one of the best, very professional and always ready to help me through the whole process. everyone from the office to the surgery center was fantastic thank you all.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Dr. Friedman's always on time very professional I am much better after he took care of my hand I am grateful for his care

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

it was amazing, I got there 10 minutes before my appointment and there was a very nice man nurse, he was so friendly, nice and very professional, the doctor came right after, was the quickest appointment, thank you an congratulations to all

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

doctor was very efficient with his explanation

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

the care I reveived from Doctors and Staff are very good. I have recommended serveral people to Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

dr Friedman is wonderful as a professional and bedside manners

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Dr. Friedman explained all of my concerns and told me of all my options and how he would attack my problems.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Dr. Friedman was e ceptional

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

the doctor was great

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

I love the service I get from Dr. Friedman and his staff. I would have know other.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

appointment was on time, x ray tech was efficient, and Dr and nurses caring

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Patient care in this office is second to none from the time you enter through the doctors interactions to the checkout process.

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

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