William B. Ericson, Jr., MD, FAAOS

Education/Degrees:

BS, Life Sciences, MIT

MD, Harvard Medical School


Post-Doctoral Residency & Training:

PGY 1-2:  Intern and Resident, General Surgery, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

PGY 3-6:  Orthopedic Surgery Residency, Tufts/New England Medical Center

PGY 7:  Hand Surgery Fellowship, Tufts/New England Medical Center


Additional Specialized Education and Training:

Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Dellon Institute for Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Microsurgery, Curtis National Hand Center, Mayo Clinic

Executive Education: Innovation, Negotiation, Leadership, MIT Sloan


Work Experience:

Winchester Hand Surgery,  Winchester MA, 1990-2005

     Chief of Hand Surgery,  Winchester Hospital, 1995-2005

Northwest Hand Specialists, Seattle WA, 2005-2006

Ericson Hand and Nerve Center, Seattle WA, 2006-present


Licensure:

Washington MD00044072


Board Certification:

Diplomate, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

     Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery

Diplomate, National Board of Physicians and Surgeons

     Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery


Clinical Interests:

     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, radiographs, 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 Dr. Charlie Eaton in Jupiter, Florida, and Dr. Henri Lellouche 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.


Appointments:

Office:  Tuesday/Thursday

Surgery:  Monday/Wednesday


Dr. Ericson is an ABOS and NBPAS Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with Hand Fellowship training and Board Certification 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 Winchester Hospital, in Winchester, MA, from 1995-2005, 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 16th year in the Seattle area, with no change in office staff, and welcoming our new partner, Dr. Matthew Oseto.


PRESENTATIONS:

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


Professional Memberships:

Fellow,  American College of Surgeons

Fellow,  American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons                                           

Fellow,  Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons

     Received the Jules Tinel MD Award, 2009

Fellow, Seattle Surgical Society

Member,  American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Member,  American Association for Hand Surgery

Member,  American College of Sports Medicine

Member,  International Society for Sport Traumatology of the Hand


Member, Dupuytren e.V.

Founding Member, Fascia Research Society


Member,  American Society for Peripheral Nerve

Member,  International Society for Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury

Member,  International Association for the Study of Pain

Member,  American Academy of Pain Management

Member,  American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Member,  North American Spine Society


Member,  Western Orthopedic Association

Member,  Massachusetts Orthopedic Association, 1990-2005

     Treasurer, 1996-1998

     Vice-President, 1998-1999

     President, 1999-2000


Member,  Washington State Medical Association

Member,  King County Medical Society

Member,  Massachusetts Medical Society

Member,  Society of Brigham Surgical Alumni


Member,  American Association for the Advancement of Science

Affiliate Member, IEEE

Orthopedic Steering Committee, Ehlers Danlos National Foundation, 2014-2017

Board of Directors,  Arthritis Foundation, Northwest Chapter 2015 - present

     Medical Honoree, "Be The One", 2019


Reviewer, HAND, official journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery