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Joel A. Shapiro, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopedic Surgery

Accepting New Patients

About

Professional Statement

Dr. Shapiro is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a clinical focus in shoulder and elbow surgery, arthroscopic surgery, and sports medicine. Dr. Shapiro sees a wide variety of shoulder problems, from arthritis to rotator cuff tears to tendonitis, and everything in between. He performs over 300 shoulder procedures per year, including many shoulder arthroscopies. While he is known in the community for being a shoulder and elbow specialist, Dr. Shapiro also has a large practice of patients with knee problems and injuries. Dr. Shapiro completed a medical degree at The State University of New York, Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed a residency at Northwestern University. Dr. Shapiro joined Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle in 2001, after completing a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery. During Dr. Shapiro’s residency, he served on the medical staff of the Chicago Bulls, Cubs and Bears, and while he was completing his fellowship, he was a team doctor for the Mets. Today, he continues to treat many individuals with sports injuries. Outside of medicine, Dr. Shapiro likes to spend time with his two boys. He also enjoys hiking, biking and sailing.

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Accepts 49 Insurance Plans

Please contact the practice directly to confirm your health plan is accepted
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Aetna PPO
  • Amerigroup Medicare Advantage
  • Amerigroup Medicaid (Apple Health/Healthy Options/CHIP)
  • Apple Health (Medicaid Fee-for-Service, PC zip code restrictions)
  • Asuris
  • Bridgespan (authorization required, otherwise not in network)
  • Cigna (all plans accepted)
  • Community Health Plan of Washington (Medicaid Fee-for-Service, PC zip code restrictions)
  • Coordinated Care Medicaid (Medicaid Fee-for-Service, PC zip code restrictions)
  • Coordinated Care Ambetter HMO
  • Coventry/First Health (most products accepted)
  • Crime Victims Compensation
  • First Choice Health Network
  • Group Health Cooperative Access PPO
  • GWH-CIGNA (Great West) HMO
  • Health Net Federal Services (CHAMPUS)
  • Healthy Options (Medicaid Fee-for-Service, PC zip code restrictions)
  • Holland American Cruise Lines
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage
  • Kaiser (Contract Limitations)
  • Labor and Industries Washington
  • LifeWise Health Plan of Washington LifeWise Preferred
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan
  • Medicaid (zip code restrictions)
  • Medicare
  • Molina Healthcare (Medicaid Fee-for-Service, PC zip code restrictions)
  • Multiplan/PHCS (all programs accepted)
  • Premera Blue Cross Microsoft
  • Providence Health Plan Medicare Advantage
  • Regence Blue Shield Federal Employee Program
  • Regence MedAdvantage PPO
  • Sound Health and Wellness (Puget Sound Health Partners)
  • Soundpath Health
  • TRICARE
  • TriCare/TriWest PPO
  • Uniform Medical Plan
  • United Healthcar Medicare Solution
  • United Healthcare PacifiCare
  • United HealthCare HMO
  • United HealthCare Medicare Advantage
  • United HealthCare PPO
  • United Healthcare West
  • Veterans Affairs (authorization required)
  • Workers Compensation
  • Workers' Compensation (L&I)
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Education

University at Buffalo State University of New York School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
medical school, 1995
Northwestern University
residency
Joint Diseases Orthopedic Institute, NY
fellowship

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Surgery, Orthopedic

Clinical Interests

  • Abnormalities Of The Arms
  • Abnormalities Of The Hips
  • Abnormalities Of The Legs
  • Achilles Tendon Repair
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Acl Injuries
  • Acl Repair
  • Acromioclavicular Joint Separation
  • Ankle Arthritis
  • Ankle Impingement
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Sports Injury
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair Revision
  • Anterior Tibial Tendon Rupture
  • Apophysitis
  • Arm Arthritis
  • Arm Fracture
  • Arm Injury
  • Arm Mass
  • Arm Pain
  • Arthralgia
  • Arthritis
  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthroscopy Of Hip
  • Arthroscopy Of Knee
  • Arthroscopy Of Shoulder
  • Arthroscopy Of Wrist
  • Back Fracture
  • Back Muscle Injury
  • Bicep Injury
  • Bicep Tear
  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Bone Densitometry
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bone Mass
  • Broken Coccyx
  • Buckle Fracture
  • Bursitis
  • Calf Muscle Injury
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cartilage Injury
  • Cervical Arthritis
  • Chondroma
  • Chondromalacia
  • Clavicle
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Clicking Elbow
  • Clicking Shoulder
  • Coccyx Injury
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Compound Fracture
  • Compression Fracture
  • Concussion Testing
  • Cortisone Injection
  • Delayed Union
  • Discoid Meniscus
  • Distal Clavicular Osteolysis
  • Elbow Dislocation
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injection
  • Elbow Injury
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Epicondylitis
  • Fibulectomy
  • Finger Dislocation
  • Foot Injury - Sports Related
  • Foot Pain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Of Fibula
  • Fracture Of Finger
  • Fracture Of Forearm
  • Fracture Of Wrist
  • Fractures
  • Freiberg's Disease
  • Frozen Joint
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Fusion Of Joint
  • Galeazzi Fracture
  • Gastrocnemius Injury
  • Gluteal Injury
  • Gonarthrosis
  • Growth Plate Fracture
  • Growth Plate Injury
  • Hamstring Injury
  • Heat Illness
  • Hemarthrosis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hip Impingement
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Hip Labrum Repair
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Pain Under Age 60
  • Hip Rotator Cuff
  • Hip Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Hip Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Iliotibial Band
  • Infectious Arthritis
  • Injury Of Muscle
  • Injury To Hand
  • Injury To The Hip
  • Insufficiency Fracture
  • Joint Disorder
  • Joint Effusion
  • Joint Injection
  • Joint Sprain
  • Joint Swelling
  • Joint Warmth
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Pain For Patients Aged Younger Than 60
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knock Knee Deformity
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament Repair
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear
  • Leg Injury
  • Leg Mass
  • Leg Pain
  • Ligament Injury
  • Limb Length Difference
  • Locking Knee
  • Malunion Fracture
  • Medial Collateral Ligament
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Injury Of The Knee
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Repair
  • Median Nerve Entrapment At Elbow
  • Meniscus
  • Meniscus Injury
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Muscle Strain
  • Muscle Tears
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Neck Muscle Injury
  • Non-Displaced Fracture
  • Non-Operative Management Of Arthritis
  • Nonunion Fracture
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteochondral Defect
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteochondroma
  • Osteolysis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Overuse Injury
  • Partial Hip Replacement
  • Patellar Instability
  • Patellar Stabilization
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Patellectomy
  • Patellofemoral Instability
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Pathological Fracture
  • Pectoral Muscle Injury
  • Pelvis Injury
  • Periprosthetic Humerus Fracture
  • Peroneal Tendonitis
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Popliteal Cyst
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament Repair
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tear
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Rupture
  • Quadricep Injury
  • Radial Head Subluxation
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rickets
  • Rotator Cuff
  • Rotator Cuff Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Running Injury
  • Rupture Of Achilles Tendon
  • Separated Shoulder
  • Sequestrectomy
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labrum Repair
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Strain
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports Injury
  • Sports Physical
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sprain
  • Sternal Clavicular Joint Dislocation
  • Stress Fractures
  • Tendon Injury
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenodesis
  • Throwing Injuries
  • Thumb Fracture
  • Tibial Tendonitis
  • Tibial Torsion
  • Toe Amputation
  • Toe Bone Spur
  • Torn Ligament
  • Torn Meniscus
  • Torn Meniscus Repair
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Hip Revision
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Knee Revision
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Total Shoulder Revision
  • Tricep Injury
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair
  • Wrist Arthritis
  • Wrist Pain
  • Wrist Sprain
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Languages

  • English

Practice Locations

Joel A. Shapiro practices at two locations

Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle
5350 Tallman Avenue Northwest
Suite 500

Seattle, WA 98107
Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle
2409 North 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Affiliated Facilities
  • Swedish Cherry Hill
  • Swedish First Hill