Biography & Education

Dr. Peterson grew up in a medical family and became comfortable in the culture and customs of health care at an early age. She enjoys explaining confusing and sometimes anxiety-provoking problems in terms that people can understand, often using illustrations and models. She believes that good communication is essential. Medicine is not always black and white. Given the same information, individual patients may make very different choices. Some prefer the least invasive approach, wheras others may accept greater risk to accelerate their recovery. Many are concerned with minimizing time off work, particularly for unexpected injuries. Based upon the most up-to-date research, Dr. Peterson reviews all of the choices available and supports her patients in the preferred treatment. The doctor finds that informed patients who are empowered to make their own health care decisions have superior outcomes and satisfaction.
  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
Education Background
Fellowship: University of Washington, hand and microvascular surgery
Medical School: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Residency: Mayo Clinic
  • English
Professional Associations
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, Mayo Fellows Association
Personal Interests
Outside of medicine, I stay active in distance running, skiing, and hiking. I am a fan of glassblowing, yet readily admit to having minimal artistic talent. After getting married I took my husband's name, but internet sleuthing will reveal old marathon times, research publications, and even some vintage television footage under my maiden name, Weinstein. Together with my husband, Ryan, and our Italian greyhound, Spike, we live on a houseboat on Lake Union.

Care Locations

The Polyclinic Madison Center
904 7th Avenue
Seattle 98104
Fax 206-860-2201
Available Weekends
Available Evenings
Accepting Medicaid



“Metacarpal fractures,” Weinstein, L, Hanel D. J Am Society for Surgery of the Hand, Nov, 2002.
2(4): 168- 180.

“Analgesic benefit, functional outcome, and patient satisfaction after partial wrist denervation,”
Weinstein, L, Berger, R. J Hand Surg, Sept, 2002. 27-A: 833-9.

“Treatment of isolated injuries of the lunotriquetral ligament,” Shin, A, Weinstein, L, Berger, R,
Bishop, A. JBJS, Sept 2001. 83-B: 1023-1028.

“Kienb�ck’s disease and gout,” Shin, A, Weinstein, L, Bishop, A. J Hand Surg, June, 1999.
24-B: 363-365.

“Closed fractures of the tibial shaft: A meta-analysis of three methods of treatment,” Littenberg,
B, Weinstein, L, McCarren, M, Mead, T, Swiontkowski, M, Rudicel, S, Heck, D. JBJS,
Feb 1998. 80-A: 174-183.

Case Base in Hand and Wrist Surgery: An Atlas. Plancher, K, ed. “Lunotriquetral instability”
Weinstein, L, Bishop, A. New York: Theime Medical and Scientific Publishers. 2004.


  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
Services Provided
Clinical Interests
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel/Peripheral Nerve
  • Evidence-Based Health Care
  • Fracture Surgery
  • Functional Medicine
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand Wrist
  • Joint Replacement/Reconstruction
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Wrist-Bone Fractions/Dislocations