Stephen A. Kennedy M.D., F.R.C.S.C.

Stephen A. Kennedy M.D., F.R.C.S.C.
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  • Hand and Wrist Surgery
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Orthopaedics (Elbow)
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Shoulder and Elbow Treatment/Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Traumatology


Dr. Kennedy is a hand, wrist and elbow surgeon at Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, and UW Medical Center. Dr. Kennedy treats problems of the hand, wrist, elbow and clavicle. This includes traumatic injuries of the bones and soft tissues, sports injuries, workplace injuries, arthritis, nerve problems, masses/cysts/tumors and/or tendon problems. He has a particular interest in problems of the wrist and elbow and receives referrals for management of complicated wrist and elbow injuries from other surgeons. Surgically, he performs arthroscopic, endoscopic, microsurgical and open techniques. He has expertise in repairing or reconstructing hands, wrists and elbows with available soft tissue, bone and joint replacement techniques. Dr. Kennedy is an assistant professor in the UW Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and an adjunct assistant professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery. He completed medical school and orthopedic residency at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, BC. This was followed by hand & microsurgery fellowship at the University of Washington, as well as an arthroscopy and sports medicine fellowship at the PanAm Clinic at the University of Manitoba. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in Orthopedic Surgery and has memberships in multiple organizations, including the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Association for Hand Surgery, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Orthopedic Association.

Patient Care Philosophy

I especially enjoy helping patients restore the ability to do the things they need to do for work, sports or daily life. Giving the best care means listening carefully, providing current and accurate information, and developing a personalized plan that best meets each patient's needs. When surgery is chosen it should be undertaken with the greatest possible precision and care. As a surgeon, what excites me most is when the surgery I perform results in patients coming back with smiles and the ability to do things they weren't able to do at the first clinic visit. Often therapy and multidisciplinary providers are pivotal to the success, and I enjoy the team approach and shared celebration of our successes.

Clinical Interests

Hand, wrist and elbow trauma; elbow instability, stiffness, arthritis, or deformity; arthroscopy of the wrist and elbow; joint replacement (arthroplasty) of the hand, wrist and elbow; carpal tunnel syndrome; ulnar nerve entrapment; cubital tunnel syndrome; radial nerve entrapment; tendon problems; ligament injuries/instability; fractures; deformity; stiffness and contractures; arthritis; cartilage problems and repair; arthroscopic surgery; joint stabilization; arthroplasty or joint replacement; arthrodesis (fusion); tendon, nerve, and artery repair; replantation; microsurgery.

Research Interests

Clinical outcomes in hand and upper extremity trauma; advances in joint reconstruction surgery, particularly of the wrist and elbow; technology for the improvement of patient care; advances in methods in surgical education.


Institution Credential Year
Univ. of British Columbia Residency 2011
UW - Dept. of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Fellowship 2012
University of Manitoba Fellowship 2012
Univ. of British Columbia Medical education 2006
Univ. of British Columbia Internship 2007
Degree Institution Year
MD Univ. of British Columbia 2006

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Hand Surgery 2016
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery 2015