Christopher Hein MD, FAAOS
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery; Subspecialty Certification in Surgery of the Hand
Dr. Christopher Hein received his Doctor of Medicine with Thesis Honors from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center and a fellowship in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery at Brown University.
“My desire to learn more about medicine and the human body was sparked by an experience during a dissection in a college biology lab. We were separating pacemaker cells from cardiac muscle and I remember being awestruck because the pacemaker cells kept beating even though they were no longer connected to the heart. This was elegant and fascinating to me, and set me on a path that led to multiple volunteer opportunities which solidified my course for a career in medicine.”
Dr. Hein's clinical interests include arthritis, joint replacement, ligamentous injuries, minimally invasive surgery, carpal tunnel, nerve compression, trigger fingers, hand masses, wrist pain, fractures and dislocations, Dupuytren’s contracture, nerve injury, hand surgery and repetitive stress injuries.
Outside of work Dr. Hein enjoys playing and watching football, basketball, construction, bike riding, hiking, and spending time with his wife and sons.
“The hand is our primary tool for interacting with the world. Simple hand injuries may affect every facet of life, from work, to leisure, to simply being able to open a jar. I find great satisfaction in helping people regain functionality and resume their daily lives. Every patient has different expectations and goals. One of the challenges of my practice, which I enjoy most, is inviting a collaborative effort with my patients to obtain the best possible outcome."
Swedish Medical Center
Touching Hands Project Surgical Mission to Honduras 2017
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Medical Association, King County Medical Society, and University of Washington Alumni Association
- Heat generation during bone drilling: A comparison between industrial and orthopaedic drill bits. Hein C., Inceoglu S, Juma D, Zuckerman L. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2017; 31(2): e55-e59.
- Thumb reconstruction with arthrodesis to the second metacarpal following sarcoma excision: 2 cases. Hein C, Watkins B, Zuckerman L. Case Reports in Orthopedics, vol. 2016, Article ID 8061036,6 pages, 2016.
- Review of flexor tendon rehabilitation protocols following zone 11 repair. Hein C, Wilton P, Wongworawat M. Critical Reviews in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 2015; 27(1): 11-18.
- Effects of medical meniscal posterior horn avulsion and repair on medial meniscal displacement. Hein C, Deperio J, Ehrensberger M, Marzo J. Knee. 2011; 18(3): 189-92.