Shoulder & Elbow

The Shoulder and Elbow Service, a specialty service of UW Medical Center's Bone and Joint Surgery Center, provides comprehensive evaluation and management for a wide range of shoulder and elbow problems, including:

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We offer the full spectrum of shoulder and elbow surgeries, from arthroscopy and minimally-invasive procedures, to complex fracture work, partial replacement (hemiarthroplasty) and complete replacement (total shoulder or elbow arthroplasty, as well as reverse shoulder arthroplasty).

Nationally Recognized Program

The Shoulder and Elbow Service is a component of UW Medical Center's Bone and Joint Surgery Center, which is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the top orthopaedic program in the western half of the United States.

Our physicians and research programs lead the way in innovative care for shoulder and elbow problems. We are constantly developing new, more effective methods of evaluating and treating our patients.

  • Dr. Frederick Matsen, Professor of UW Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, has been listed as Top Doctors in the category of Orthopaedics. News source:  Seattle Magazine, 2012.
  • Dr. Winston Warme, the Chief of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the University of Washington, is a Professor, career academician, highly skilled surgeon, researcher and teacher.
  • Dr. Albert Gee, Associate Professor of UW Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, is a sports medicine and shoulder surgeon with specialty training in the care of the injured athlete.
  • Dr. Jason Hsu is an Assistant Professor of UW Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine whose research interests include work on the science of tendon and ligament healing after rotator cuff repair and shoulder arthroplasty.
  • Dr. Johah Hebert-Davies is an  assistant professor of UW Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. His specialties include orthopaedic trauma with a focus on upper extremity trauma and reconstruction.

Our Approach

Our team of specialty-trained physicians, therapists, physicians' assistants, and nurses uses a multidisciplinary approach in caring for patients, with easy access to other world-class experts at UWMC who can assist with diagnosis and treatment plans.

Practical Evaluation and Management of the Shoulder (33.5 MB)
Management options can range from simple exercises to major reconstructive surgery performed at UW Medical Center, where specially trained nurses and anesthesiologists work with us to ensure quality patient care before, during, and after surgery. Our goal is maximum recovery of joint function.

The physical therapists in the Exercise Training Center, also part of the Bone and Joint Surgery Center, offer non-surgical care and post-surgical rehabilitation programs.

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The Shoulder and Elbow Service is located in the Hand, Elbow & Shoulder Center at UWMC-Roosevelt, an outpatient facility at 4245 Roosevelt Way N.E. in Seattle's University District.

Making an Appointment

You may make your own appointment at the Shoulder and Elbow Service or you may be referred by your physician. To make an appointment, please call: 206-520-5000 or Toll Free 877-520-5000.

Solving Shoulder Pain: Surgical and Non-Surgical Options

Have you thought about shoulder surgery? Or wondered if surgery even makes sense?

In the video above Jason Hsu, MD and Kirsten Thompson, PA-C discuss surgical and non-surgical options for shoulder pain, rotator cuff repair surgery, and shoulder replacements.

Whether your shoulder pain is caused by an athletic injury or arthritis, learn about potential treatments so that you can get back to the activities you love.

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