Dr. Joel Shapiro, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 55

Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Joel Shapiro, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Seattle, WA and has over 27 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Shapiro has extensive experience in Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery. He graduated from State University of New York At Buffalo in 1995. He is affiliated with Swedish First Hill Campus. His office accepts new patients.

Dr. Joel Shapiro, MD

Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle

2409 N 45th St Seattle, WA 98103
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Dr. Shapiro was an excellent provider for my labrum repair. He always made me feel safe and listened to all of my concerns. It was much appreciated! My shoulder is getting better and better.
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Apr 05, 2022
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Dr Shaprio is very personable, explained the process for my Rt shoulder surgery, length of recovery. I couldn’t have asked for a better surgeon. Highly recommended.
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Pennock – Mar 08, 2022
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Dr. Shapiro is amazing. In fact every single interaction with the people at Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle has been exceptional. They worked around my very restricted availability for consultation and surgery and made it all seem easy.
What went well
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Scott W. Miller – Jan 25, 2022
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A great experience all around, Dr. Shapiro was fantastic. Treated for a SLAP and bicep tear. They performed the MRI to determine the damage and performed surgery 4 mos. ago. Dr. Shapiro and his staff were extremely professional and caring. I strongly recommend their office for treatment and surgical procedures.
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  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Staff friendliness
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Great Experience – Jan 11, 2022
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Generally, I don't write reviews, but am writing this one with great pleasure. Dr. Shapiro did a wonderful job, diagnosed my issues, and came up with a plan to resolve them. He explained various treatment options, answered all of my questions. My surgery went smoothly, and he had a lovely bedside manner. All follow up care and physical therapy was great, and I greatly appreciate all of the care I received from the staff at OSS. - Michael D., Kirkland, WA
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Michael D. – Jul 20, 2021
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Dr Shapiro’s confidence and support got me through the surgery I needed for a badly broken shoulder. I’m a reluctant surgical patient, and my insurance company was difficult to deal with, but he was willing to work through all the obstacles to obtain the best result. I have been able to get back to my active lifestyle very quickly, and appreciate his caring & competent treatment.
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Jun 11, 2021
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I was experiencing rotator cuff symptoms. After an exam Dr Shapiro recommended an MRI. After reviewing the MRI he diagnosed me with a tendon tear; and then recommended PT to strengthen the shoulder and prevent further damage. Concise and incisive! Ten out of ten.
What went well
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johncla – Apr 05, 2021
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Worst doctor I have ever seen. Dr. Shapiro is very arrogant, dismissive and uncaring. I had shoulder dislocation and saw Dr. Shapiro twice. He spent 5 minutes talking to me and became impatient when I was asking questions. He couldn't care less about my conditions and didn't even go over the MRI results with me. He suggested doing surgery but the diagnosis from him is contradictory to the MRI report. I am not sure whether he has actually seen my MRI or he just took a glance and made false assumptions about my condition. He didn't provide any advice and wasted three weeks of my time while he was in vacation. I am very disappointed about him and I am going to a different doctor right away.
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  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Mar 04, 2021
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Dr.Shapiro was very professional when I came in with a broken colarbone. I appreciated his honesty and giving me options. I appreciate Drs who don't push having surgery but explains what happens if I don't. I chose not to though as he said I would have a bump I healed fine. He did say if I changed my mind if I have pain he can still do surgery. I would recommend him.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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June B Shapiro – Feb 01, 2021
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A reverse shoulder joint surgery , went perfectly . Excellent care from the beginning . Couldn’t have asked for better care !
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  • Staff friendliness
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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John T. O’NEAL – Jan 27, 2021
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I had a fractured shoulder and was referred to Dr. Shapiro.. He reassured me that I was unlikely to need surgery and monitored it during the healing process. Very satisfied with the experience
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
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Jan 27, 2021
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I had a fractured elbow, along with a gout attack in the arm from a injury, Dr. Joel Shaprio drained the elbow of fluid, gave me a cortisone shot in the elbow. Took a fluid sample from the area for a lab test. His office called a few hours latter to confirm the lab test, that. it was in fact a gout attack also. He was very professional, caring, I would highly recommend him. WL
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Nov 13, 2020
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Dr. Shapiro has repaired both my shoulders - labral tears, bone spurs, biceps tendon and rotator cuff -- and he's terrific. He 's a good, clear communicator and sets realistic expectations. Terrific surgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Sep 30, 2020
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Repair of left shoulder after a SLAP tear
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Sep 26, 2020
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Dr Shapiro is an amazing Health Care Provider. I fractured my arm celebrating my birthday and I was really upset when my health provider recommend to see him. However, he was very patient and explained my condition and how my treatment would be. I didn't require surgery so my follow-up visits included x-rays, assessment of healing, and advice on keeping the healing on track. After 5 weeks I was able to drive and to do my normal activities. Dr. Shapiro is patient, knowledgeable, professional, and approachable. The staff at both the Ballard and the Wallingford sites of OSS are courteous, efficient, and friendly.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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No results
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Inaye Pereira – Sep 23, 2020
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Dr. Shapiro knows his stuff. Knowledgeable, reassuring and clearly explained everything. Felt confident with his care at all times.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Deb A – Sep 11, 2020
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Dr Shapiro is a terrific Health Care Provider. I have gone to him twice for shoulder injuries. He thoroughly explained my condition and my treatment options. We ended up not going with surgery. I would send my family to him
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Mthomas – Aug 01, 2020
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I broke my fibula in December 2019 and the Emergency Dept at Swedish Ballard referred me to Dr. Shapiro for follow-up. I didn't require surgery so my follow-up visits included x-rays, assessment of healing, and advice on keeping the healing on track. Dr. Shapiro is patient, knowledgeable, professional, and approachable. The staff at both the Ballard and the Wallingford sites of OSS are courteous, efficient, and friendly. I had a few between-visit questions (such as questions about precautions to take when flying), and these were answered promptly using the NextMD portal.
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
What could be improved
No results
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Jun 16, 2020
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Dr. Shapiro performed rotator cuff and bicep repair surgery for me in early March 2020. It is now three months out, and I am doing extremely well with excellent range of motion. Dr. Shapiro explained the shoulder problem so that I could understand it. The surgical process went smoothly, and all of the staff were very kind. Dr. Shapiro is a great surgeon, and I would recommend him for any shoulder issues. In addition, the parking is easy. Good luck everyone.
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
What could be improved
No results
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Kathy Scott – Jun 08, 2020
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Repair of right shoulder following a dislocation
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Stuart L Deal – May 17, 2020
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Dr. Joel Shapiro, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Seattle, WA and has over 27 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Shapiro has extensive...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

McGaw Med Center Of Northwestern
Residency Hospital
1995
State University of New York At Buffalo
Medical School

Awards

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Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Shapiro treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Shapiro treats other conditions, please contact the office at (206) 633-8100.

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

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Rotator Cuff Tear
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Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
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Dr. Shapiro's conditions and procedures:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Arm
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Fracture
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Replacement
  • Humerus Fracture
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • 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
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • 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
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • 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
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • 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
  • Spondylitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Unicompartmental Hip Surgery

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Locations

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