William B. Ericson, Jr., MD, FACS, FAAOS
Post-Doctoral Residency & Training:
1983-85 Intern and Resident, General Surgery
, Boston, MA
1985-89 Orthopedic Surgery Residency
, Boston, MA
Chief Resident, New England Medical Center, 1989
1989-90 Hand Surgery Fellowship
, Boston, MA
Additional Specialized Education and Training:
Peripheral Nerve Surgery
Innovation, Negotiation, Leadership
Massachusetts , 1986 - 2006
Washington , 2004 - present
Diplomate, , 1983
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery: 1992, 2003, 2012
Board Certified, Hand Surgery: 1993, 2003, 2012
Diplomate, National Board of Physicians and Surgeons
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery: 2015, 2017, 2019
Board Certified, Hand Surgery: 2015, 2017, 2019
Wrist pain: post-traumatic, atraumatic; arthritis
Thumb pain: post-traumatic, atraumatic; arthritis
Hand/wrist/arm pain and hand weakness, particularly with negative work-up (eg, normal blood tests, radsographs, MRI, EMG/NCV, bone scan), and lack of response to treatment (eg, oral medication, splint, exercise, physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therap; and/or surgery). Dr. Ericson has given presentations locally, nationally and internationally on this pattern of complaints, specifically with regard to the anatomic aspects of their etiology, evaluation, and treatment. This pattern of problems is common in patients with joint hypermobility, such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and also many women.
Peripheral nerve problems: carpal tunnel syndrome, pronator syndrome, anterior interosseous nerve palsy, anterior interosseous nerve syndrome, ulnar nerve palsy, radial nerve palsy; peripheral neuropathy, diabetic peripheral neuropathy
Dupuytren Contracture: needle aponeurotomy, fasciectomy, z-plasty, Xiaflex®, DigitWidget®. Regarding needle aponeurotomy, Dr. Ericson has visited and observed in Jupiter, Florida, and at the Hospital Lariboisière in Paris, France, performing the needle aponeurotomy technique.
Failed previous hand surgery: Failed carpal tunnel release, failed DeQuervain’s release, failed lateral epicondylectomy, failed radial tunnel release; recurrent Dupuytren contracture; complications of hand surgery.
Innovations in hand surgery: improved diagnostic precision, minimally invasive surgical techniques, more effective communication; smaller, less painful scars.
Office: Tuesday/Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm
Surgery: Monday/Wednesday 7:00am-4:00pm
Dr. Ericson is an and NBPAS Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with Hand Fellowship training who has been practicing hand and upper extremity surgery since 1990. Dr. Ericson has been a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons since 1993, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a Member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand since 1994. Dr. Ericson is a past-President of the Massachusetts Orthopedic Association, and was Chief of Hand Surgery at , in Winchester, MA, from 1994-2005, where he was in private practice for 15 years. After 30 years in the Boston area, Dr. Ericson was recruited to Seattle in 2005 and worked briefly in Woodinville before opening his own practice in 2006. We are now celebrating our 15th year in the Seattle area, with no change in office staff.
An Anatomic Basis for RSI
Carpal Instability: Diagnosis and Treatment
Proximal Median Nerve Entrapment: Diagnosis and Treatment
Painful Conditions That Do Not Show on Tests
Controversies in Upper Extremity Surgery
The Role of Nerve Decompression in Peripheral Neuropathy
The Role of Upper Extremity Surgery in Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
Fellow, , elected 1993
Fellow, , elected 1994
Occupational Health and Worker’s Compensation Committee, 2008-2010
Guidelines and Technology Oversight Committee, 2010-2013
Faculty, AAOS Occupational Orthopedics and Workmen’s Compensation
Course: a Multidisciplinary Perspective, 2011
Received the Jules Tinel MD Award, 2009
Fellow, Seattle Surgical Society, 2013
Member, , elected 1994
Government Affairs Committee, 2011 - 2013
Member, North American Spine Society
Member, , 1990-2005
Member, , 2005 - present
Member, , 2005 - present
Member, , 1981 - present
Member, Society of Brigham Surgical Alumni, 1985 - present
Orthopedic Steering Committee, Ehlers Danlos National Foundation, 2014-2017
Board of Directors, Arthritis Foundation, Northwest Chapter 2015 - present
Reviewer, , official journal of the
Ericson WB, Karlin LI. "Unexplained Limb Pain in a Child," Complications in Orthopedics, December, 1986.
Leslie, BM Ericson WB, Morehead J. "The Incidence of a Septum within the First Dorsal Extensor Compartment of the Wrist," Journal of Hand Surgery, January, 1990.
Ericson WB. "Computerized Evaluation of the Hand," Seminars in Orthopedics, March, 1992.
"Median Nerve Entrapment in the Forearm: Diagnosis and Treatment," Poster, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Annual Meeting, NYC, NY. September, 2004.
Ericson WB, Singh V. "Median Nerve Entrapments," in "Peripheral Nerve Entrapments: Clinical Diagnosis and Management, " Trescot AM, Editor. Springer, April, 2016. p369-382.
Ericson WB, Wolman R. "Orthopedic Management of the Ehlers Danlos Syndromes," American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part C, Seminars in Medical Genetics, Volume 175C, Number 1, March, 2017. p188-194.
Wan EL, Noboa J, Baltodano PA, Jousin RM, Ericson WB, Wilton JP, Rosson GD, Dellon AL. "Nerve Decompression for Leprous Neuropathy: A Prospective Study from Ecuador," Leprosy Review, 2017, 88:95-108.
Hung V, Ericson WB, Raghunathan A, Spinner RJ. "Posterior Interosseous Nerve Intraneural Ganglion Cyst from the Scapholunate Joint," Clinical Anatomy, 2018.
Kalliainen LK, Ericson WB. "Management of Compressive Neuropathies of the Upper Extremity," Chapter 70, Grabb and Smith's Plastic Surgery, 8th Edition, Chung K et al, Editors. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2018.
Continuing Medical Education:
“The Operative Treatment of Fractures and Non-Unions - Theoretical and Practical Principles," AO/ASIF Basic Course, Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Osteosynthesefragen and the Swiss Association for the Study of Internal Fixation, Davos, Switzerland. December 15-19, 1987.
"Advanced Pneumatic Instrumentation for Surgical Procedures," Midas Rex Institute Hands-On Workshop, Worcester, MA. August 12-14, 1987.
Boston Prosthetics and Orthotics Course, Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. April, 1989.
Maine Orthopedic Review Course, Colby College, Waterville, ME. June, 1989.
Laboratory of Microsurgical Training, Raymond Curtis Hand Center, Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD. January, 1990.
Harvard "Newport" Pathology Review Course, Boston, MA. March, 1990.
"Upper Extremity Fractures and Trauma Management Decisions," American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, Boston, MA. August 3-5, 1990.
"Orthopedic Risk Management for the Primary Care Provider," Tufts Associated Health Plans/Tufts University School of Medicine Seminar, Waltham, MA. October 18,
"Internal Fixation in Hand Surgery," American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Snowbird, UT. March 24-29, 1991.
"Risk Management Office Appraisal Program," Massachusetts Joint Underwriters Association, Winchester, MA. May 10, 1991.
“Upper Extremity Update," Tufts University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Boston, MA. October 18-19, 1991.
"Wrist Arthroscopy", American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, Cincinnati, OH. November 16, 1991.
"Southwestern Orthopedic Surgery Review," University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX. June 5-7, 1992.
"The Wrist: Problems and Challenges," American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, Newport Beach, CA. May 19-22, 1993.
"Internal and External Fixation of the Hand and Wrist - Theoretical and Practical Principles," AO/ASIF Hand Course, Maui, HI. May 1-6, 1994.
"Hand and Wrist Injuries in the Athlete," American Society for Surgery of the Hand Scottsdale, AZ. November 14-16, 1994.
Agee Carpal Tunnel Release System Surgical Skills Workshop, Winchester, MA. May, 1995.
"From the Hand to the Elbow: A Current Practical Approach to Problem Solving," American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. May 1-4, 1996.
“Clinical Risk Management: Implications for Practice,” Tufts University School of Medicine. Boston, MA May 7, 1997.
“Risk Management Update For Orthopaedics,” Boston University School of Medicine, Newton, MA. April 22, 1998.
“Disorders of the Wrist,” The American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Rochester, MN. May 21-23, 1998.
“Complex Wrist Fractures,” Castle Medical Center, Maui, HI. April, 1999.
“Master Techniques in Hand Surgery,” American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Boston, MA. September 2, 1999.
Leadership Skills Conference, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Chicago, IL. November 11-13, 1999.
Comprehensive Review Course in Hand Surgery, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Dallas, TX. July 27-29, 2001.
“Upper Extremity Symptoms and the Workplace,” American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Chicago, IL, April 12-14, 2002.
“Multiples of One” Conference, Bartos Theater, MIT Media Laboratory, Boston, MA, November 7-8, 2003.
New England Hand Society, Annual Meeting, Sturbridge, MA. December 6, 2003.
HIV Medicine Monograph, Modules 1-5, Department of HIV Medicine, the Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY. August, 2004.
“Peripheral Nerve Surgery,” Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD. March 30-April 3, 2006.
“Arthroplasties of the Hand,” University of Washington Hand Surgery, Seattle, WA. May 12, 2006.
“Crucial Elements Hand Surgery,” University of Washington Hand Surgery, Seattle, WA. May 13, 2006.
Combined AAHS/ASPN/ASRM Meeting, Maui, HI. January, 2009.
Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons Annual Meeting, Ft. Worth, TX. November 4-7, 2010.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Treatment Options, Balance OT Symposium, Ballard, WA. April 23, 2011.
"The Wrist Injury Course," The Hawaiian Consortium for Continuing Medical Education, University of Hawaii, Maui, HI. October 28-30, 2011.
AAOS 13th Annual Occupational Orthopedics and Workmen's Compensation Course: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, Las Vegas, NV. November 4-6, 2011.
AAOS Board Preparation and Review Course, San Francisco, CA. December 2-3, 2011.
AAHS Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. January 10th-13th, 2012.
ASSH National Orthopedic Leadership Conference, Washington, DC. April 25-29th, 2012.
Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons Annual Meeting, Ft. Worth, TX. November 2-4, 2012.
Mayo Microvascular Surgery Training Course, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine,
Rochester, MN. April 1-4, 2013.
The Linscheid-Dobyns Memorial “Disorders of the Wrist” Course, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN. May 23-26, 2013.
AAHS Annual Meeting, Kauai, HI. January 8th-14th, 2014.
Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons Annual Symposium, Scottsdale, AZ. November 14-16, 2014.
9th Triennial Hand and Wrist Biomechanics International Symposium, Milan, Italy. July 15-17, 2015.
International Committee on Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Symposium, NYC, NY. May 3-5, 2016.
Ehlers Danlos Society Global Learning Conference, Baltimore, MD. July 14-16, 2016.
Combined AAHS/ASPN Annual Meeting, Waikoloa, HI. January 10-17, 2017.
AAOS "Expert Witness: Solving the Legal Quagmire - Methods and Insights," Rosemont, IL. October 25, 2018.
20th Annual AAOS "Worker's Compensation and Musculoskeletal Injuries- Improving Outcomes with Back-to-Work, Legal, and Administrative Strategies," Rosemont, IL. October 26-28, 2018.
Combined AAHS/ASPN/ASRM Annual Meeting, Palm Desert, CA. January 31 - February 3, 2019.
14th IFSSH/11th IFSHT Triennial Congress, Berlin, Germany. June 17-21, 2019.
American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Self Assessment Exams:
2014, 20 hours
2015, 19.25 hours
2016, 20 hours
2017, 18.25 hours
2018, 20 hours
2019, 18 hours
2020, 20 hours
American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meetings :
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