Dr. Joel Shapiro, MD

Orthopedic Surgery •  Male • Age 53
  
Dr. Shapiro
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Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle

5350 Tallman Ave Nw Ste 500 Seattle, WA 98107

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Dr. Joel Shapiro, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Seattle, WA and has over 25 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Shapiro has more experience with Elbow and Shoulder/Upper Arm than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Suny Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine medical school in 1995. He is affiliated with Swedish Medical Center - First Hill Campus. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Shapiro to book an appointment.


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Dr. Shapiro accepts the following insurance:

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Practice Areas

Elbow

Elbow surgeons perform proceduras including arthroscopy, replacement, resurfacing, or tendon repair to treat conditions affecting the elbow, such as arthritis, dislocations, and hyperextension.Compare with other Elbow specialists.

Typically treats 71% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 3 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Elbow Sprain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Shapiro treats Elbow Sprain more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Shapiro treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Shapiro treats Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow) more than 93% of their peers

Dr. Shapiro treats this condition more than 93% of their peers

Elbow Injuries
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Shapiro treats Elbow Injuries more than 23% of their peers

Dr. Shapiro treats this condition more than 23% of their peers

Shoulder/Upper Arm

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 specialists.

Typically treats 50% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 8 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Glenoid Labrum Tear
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Shapiro treats Glenoid Labrum Tear more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Shapiro treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Shoulder Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Shapiro treats Shoulder Disorders more than 93% of their peers

Dr. Shapiro treats this condition more than 93% of their peers

Rotator Cuff Tear
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Shapiro treats Rotator Cuff Tear more than 73% of their peers

Dr. Shapiro treats this condition more than 73% of their peers

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Dr. Shapiro's conditions and procedures:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • 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
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • 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
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Still's Disease
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Trigger Finger Release

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Dr. Shapiro's Reviews

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4.4

Based on 27 ratings

5 Stars
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Repair of right shoulder following a dislocation
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Stuart L Deal – May 17, 2020
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I broke my collarbone skiing. The ER doc (in Japan) did not think I needed surgery, so I was not thrilled when I went to Dr. Shapiro for a second opinion and he disagreed. He explained that I could choose not to have surgery but he was concerned because the bone was twisted and even if the bones fused properly it would cause me shoulder problems for the rest of my life. I can't stress enough that he was not pushy at all. He made it clear that I could make the choice either way and he would support it. Other reviewers have commented negatively about his bedside manner. I couldn't disagree more. He patiently answered every question I asked, and gave me a lot of helpful information even when I didn't ask for it. His incision, which was seated just behind the most pronounced part of the bone, and his stitches, which were folded under (leaving no vertical suture scars, have minimized my scarring. I hope I never need Dr. Shapiro's services again. But if I do I'll gladly accept them.
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Chris Rudy – May 08, 2020
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Dr. Shapiro changed my life!
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G Rockowitz – Feb 27, 2020
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I had a full reverse shoulder replacement 6 months ago and am extremely satisfied with the results. Great Doc!
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Brian P. – Feb 05, 2020
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Dr Shapiro fixed my distal bicep tear. From the start he was informative and friendly. He walked through how tears happen and the mechanics of how the tendons and muscles work to give a better understanding of my injury. Surgery went off perfectly and he was always available for questions. His follow up care was thorough. I would highly recommend!
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Nov 03, 2019
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Dr. Shapiro repaired a torn tendon in my right shoulder in Summer 2018. He was excellent every step of the way in informing me of my options in an honest and straightforward way. He gave me realistic expectations about long term function and recovery time, which made recovery feel even easier when it went much faster than anticipated. The surgery went smoothly and the whole team were caring and attentive. Loved them.
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Melanie S. – Oct 25, 2019
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Dr. Shapiro has taken excellent care of me through no less than 5 surgeries. My total shoulder replacement is excellent and has provided me with a much greater quality of life. His professionalism and personal approach to each of my situations has always been exemplary. Dr. Shapiro's office staff and medical crew have always been courteous, personal, competent and expedient. I have always felt properly ushered through the steps needed to get proper care in several personally difficult times, and I heartily would recommend Joel and his staff and facilities to anyone seeking such care. High levels of confidence in Dr. Shapiro's skills and professionalism, as well as his personal approach, have helped me feel at ease with his recommendations and my subsequent options, My personal results, from surgery performed by Dr. Shapiro, are nothing short of life changing for the greatly better. Pain in my life from chronic arthritic damage and accidental injury has been vastly mitigated.
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James W Brown – Oct 24, 2019
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I tore my rotator cuff and bicep in an auto accident. Had heard horror stories about the surgery and post op. PT. Three months post off, I am feeling better than I have felt in years! Dr. Shapiro was great at explaining all the options, and his aftercare was amazing!
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Richard Brown in Seattle, WA – Sep 29, 2019
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i had rotator cuff surgery performed by Dr. Shapiro. he was very informative and thoroughly explained the process and assured me if i had any complications in the future to contact him.. scott (PT) was also very good. he was very knowledgeable and explained what each routine does and kept me on track for recovery. he continually reminded me to go slow (i was impatient and wanted to get back to my normal routine quickly). the office staff were friendly and efficient too. the handouts were also very informative and thoroughly explained the process. i would recommend OSS to others.
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May 30, 2019
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I had shoulder surgery and Dr Shapiro did an amazing job! He was always empathetic and never made me feel like he was rushed for time. I saw another orthopedic doc for over a year and he never figured out what was wrong with me...but Dr Shapiro wasted no time in diagnosing my problem. I highly recommend Dr Shapiro!
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May 15, 2019
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Great Surgeon! Selected Dr. Shapiro after extensive online reviews and two recommendations from friends and family. Repaired my labral tear, and was extremely helpful explaining the entire process and recovery. Highly recommend.
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Apr 24, 2019
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I recently received medical consultation from Dr. Shapiro around ulnar nerve subluxation in my left elbow. He explained my condition to me in great detail and answered all my questions. I had a long list of questions (I am obsessive) and Dr. Shapiro was very patient with me. Dr. Shapiro seems like a very competent and straight forward individual. I feel safe recommending him to anyone in need of elbow or shoulder consultation. Great Doc.
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Nik Singh in Bellevue, WA – Jul 10, 2018
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He is Excellent!
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Peggy in Seattle, WA – May 20, 2016
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I have seen Dr. Shapiro in the past for elbow and shoulder problems and have always had great confidence in him. He is clear and straightforward in his communications about the diagnosis, treatment options and post-op instructions. He just did rotator cuff surgery on me 7 weeks ago and all is well -- healing well ahead of what was expected! I highly recommend him!
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Dana Wolf in Lake Forest Park, WA – May 07, 2016
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Excellent surgeon to whom I have entrusted two shoulder surgies. Both surgeries were completely successful. Dr. Shapiro is a great communicator who will work with your individual needs in re covery. I have already r ef er ed others to his care. Kevin
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Kevin in Seattle, WA – Apr 20, 2016
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Dr. Joel Shapiro, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Seattle, WA and has over 25 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Shapiro has more experience with Elbow and Shoulder/Upper Arm than other specialists in his area. He graduated from...

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

McGaw Med Center Of Northwestern
Residency Hospital
1995
Suny Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
Medical School

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Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle

Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle5350 Tallman Ave Nw Ste 500 Seattle, WA 98107
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Swedish Medical Center - First Hill Campus

Seattle, WA

73% Patient experience rating, 4% higher than the national average

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)