Dr. Frederick Matsen, MD

Dr. Frederick Matsen, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 77

Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(206) 829-4216

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Dr. Frederick Matsen, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Seattle, WA and has over 53 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Matsen has more experience with Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine medical school in 1968. He is affiliated with UW Medical Center - Montlake. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Matsen to book an appointment.


Hand, Elbow & Shoulder Center at UW Medical Center - Roosevelt

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Dr. Matsen is affiliated with UW Medical Center - Montlake Seattle, a highly rated hospital.

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  • Explains Conditions Well Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
  • Practices at Top Hospital Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ See hospitals

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What went well
  • Explained conditions well (17)
  • Office environment (17)
  • Staff friendliness (17)
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (3)
  • Appointment was rushed (2)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (2)
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I had major shoulder surgery in Florida which didn’t work out. If it wasnt for Dr Matsen which found the problem the infection in my shoulder and replaced my joint with a better replacement, I probably wouldn’t be here.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Nov 22, 2020
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Excellent patient care before and following shoulder surgery. I have had (unfortunately) several orthopedic sports related surgeries. The experience with Dr. Matsen and his team was one of the best.
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Tony Umek – Jan 24, 2020
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I have been seeing Dr. Matsen for several years. He is careful, capable, kind and has a wonderful team. He had to do a revision on my total shoulder surgery 2 years after it had originally been done. The difference in the doctor and the team was so reassuring. I will be seeing him when my other arm needs surgery even though I have to travel from Portland, Oregon to Seattle to do it.
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Mar 19, 2019
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Had hemiarthroplasty of left shoulder done by Dr. Matsen 7 years ago. Pre-surgery had extremely limited range of motion and constant pain from arthritic degeneration. After surgery I was extremely conscientious about doing the (lengthy, rigorous and uncomfortable) rehab exercises correctly and the result has been a perfect bomb-proof left shoulder joint with no activity restrictions. Tennis, racquetball, rock climbing, kayaking, golf, wood splitting, heavy lifting all pain free.
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Roger Norris-Tull in Dillon MT – Mar 30, 2017
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If you are considering shoulder surgery, there is no better doctor, in my opinion, than Dr. Matsen. He is respected nationwide and is generally considered one of the top 20 shoulder surgeons in the country. He is approachable and technical in his approach, and extremely passionate about his job. I had the Ream and Run done, and everything so far has gone exactly as planned. I would recommend Dr. Matsen to my closest friends and family with no hesitation!
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Josh44 in Redmond, WA – Jan 19, 2016
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Matsen

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Matsen treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Matsen treats other conditions, please contact the office at (206) 520-5000.

Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery

Shoulder and upper arm conditions include arthritis, bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, and dislocations, with treatment options such as surgery or physical therapy.Compare with other Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery specialists.

Dr. Matsen is experienced in the area of Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 22 conditions and procedures

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All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
Shoulder Replacement
Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
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Dr. Matsen's conditions and procedures:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Replacement Revision
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Excision of Humerus
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Gout
  • Herniated Disc
  • Humerus Fracture
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spondylitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Systemic Sclerosis

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Dr. Matsen accepts the following insurance:

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About Me

Care Philosophy

I am dedicated to providing patients with the best knowledge regarding their shoulder condition along with the most current evidence-based information...Read more


  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications


Charles Neer
Fellowship Hospital
University of Washington
Residency Hospital
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Internship Hospital
Baylor College of Medicine
Medical School


  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Multiple Teaching and Research Awards, -

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Frederick Matsen, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (206) 829-4216, and for other questions, call (206) 520-5000.

Does Dr. Frederick Matsen, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Matsen has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Frederick Matsen, MD accepting new patients?

Dr. Frederick Matsen, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Matsen's profile to make an appointment.

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What are Dr. Frederick Matsen, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Matsen frequently treats Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery. See all practice areas where Dr. Matsen specializes.

Where is Dr. Frederick Matsen, MD's office located?

Dr. Matsen's office is located at 4245 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

Affiliated Hospitals

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UW Medical Center - Montlake

Seattle, WA

82% Patient Experience Rating, 13% higher than the national average

8 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)