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Dr. Lauren Shapiro is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in surgical care for injuries or other conditions of the upper extremities. She has a particular interest in treating patients who have had traumatic or sports injuries to their hands or forearms.

Shapiro's research spans multiple disciplines and includes projects exploring how to provide high-quality, patient-centered care. She conducts research on patient treatment preferences, shared decision-making, and empowering patients to fully understand their treatment options.

Shapiro earned her medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she also completed a residency in orthopedic surgery. She earned a master's degree in health analytics at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and completed a fellowship in orthopedic surgery at Duke University School of Medicine.

Shapiro is a member of the Hand Surgery Quality Consortium, and she chairs a global consortium of hand surgery experts seeking to assess and improve the safety and quality of hand care in countries with limited resources. She has presented her research nationally and internationally, published more than 65 peer-reviewed manuscripts and written seven book chapters. She also reviews manuscripts for the Journal of Hand Surgery.

Shapiro is active in other professional societies as well, serving on committees of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Society for Surgery of the Hand. She has conducted outreach programs to improve surgery, medical education and research capacity in developing countries around the world and has received a variety of awards, including a travel fellowship from Health Volunteers Overseas and the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand.

  • Education

    Stanford Medicine, MD, 2015

  • Residencies

    Stanford Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, 2020

  • Fellowships

    Duke University, Orthopedic Surgery, 2021

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

My reviews


Overall Experience
219 Ratings
About our process
Nov 19, 2023
Best surgeon I have had the pleasure of being a patient for. Very knowledgeable and attentive.
Nov 08, 2023
Dr. Shapiro is an exceptional care giver. I am extremely satisfied with the care I was provided with and the whole team worked well in concert.
Sep 28, 2023
Spent a lot of time with me and explained my issue thoroughly
Aug 28, 2023
Dr. Shapiro created an atmosphere that made me feel comfortable to reach out to her and always looks out for my best interests.
Aug 13, 2023
There was no wait time everyone was friendly and the doctor was extremely informative. Best experience I've had in a medical facility in a long time.
Aug 04, 2023
Just overall wonderful experience so far
Aug 04, 2023
Dr Shapiro is Super nice. Very knowledgeable and nice to talk to. She fit us in to her schedule and we appreciate her help very much.
Aug 04, 2023
Extremely satesfied with the outcome!
Aug 02, 2023
Dr. Shapiro was really nice and listened to me carefully. She was able to advise me what I need to do to get better. The asian dr/nurse as well was able to provide tips for me. Thank you.
Aug 02, 2023
Dr Shapiro is so wonderful. She is incredibly kind and thorough.
Jul 21, 2023
Honest and caring
Jul 21, 2023
It would be good to have the instructions given verbally also written in the the after visit summary ie care of the incision hand use etc
Jul 19, 2023
Very good
Jul 07, 2023
Having a broken wrist is a difficult situation. Dr. Shapiro has steered me through this experience with compassion and efficient ways of care for my healing and recovery.
Jun 21, 2023
Jun 14, 2023
Dr. Shapiro was fabulous!
Jun 09, 2023
My care provider was excellent! I like that my care provider was very willing to help me find necessary treatments for my needs. My care provider was a good listener. My care provider is always caring. I don't have any problems with my care provider. I like Dr. Shapiro
Apr 27, 2023
Great experience.....Had never met Doc before and I was in a great deal of pain. She was so professional and listened and took care of me right away.
Apr 26, 2023
Very kind hearted/compassionate.Dr Shapiro is an excellent doctor.
Apr 25, 2023
There is no clarity in the explanations about determined situation of the hand.
Apr 20, 2023
No bad experiences during my visit the Dr's and nurses/assistant were all very polite and showed great concern about my well being. Look forward for my next visit.
Apr 12, 2023
Dr Shapiro is an excellent and empathetic provider. She doesn't "rush" through the visit
Apr 07, 2023
Dr. Shapiro did an excellent job on treatment my trigger finger.
Mar 22, 2023
They were awesome
Mar 10, 2023
Nice caring
Feb 08, 2023
All of my dealings with Dr. Shapiro have been extraordinary. She communicates well describes the options available is concise and caring.
Jan 15, 2023
Dr. Shapiro was great she explained my break in ways I could understand. She was very professional.
Dec 16, 2022
Felt like meeting was rushed. Meeting was over before questions were fukly formed. Left not knowing if my current self-medication was correct. Or whether I can continue to work. Felt like I dodnt learn anything from the meeting.
Dec 14, 2022
Dr Shapiro is excellent. She is really compassionate and takes the time to listen to her patients and provide patient-centered care
Nov 30, 2022
Lauren is an exceptional health care professional/provider.
Nov 16, 2022
Excellent! One of the best!
Oct 24, 2022
Dr. Shapiro is one of the best physicians I have ever had in terms of her communication and caring. She is also very accessible through MyChart and called me 2 days after surgery to see how I was doing. She is very respectful and of course knowledegable. She deserves special recognition.
Oct 16, 2022
This was my first visit with Dr. Shapiro and I will definitely see her again. She was friendly. Knowledgeable and informative.
Oct 16, 2022
Resident was good; when Doctor came in she seemed more interested in showing him how to manage than asking me about my issue. And this is for my work my job. And ultimately I do not think I got the right diagnosis.
Sep 19, 2022
Dr Shapiro is excellent and always make me feel like I have been treated respectfully and kindly.
Aug 31, 2022
The care provider is exceptional and I really appreciate and value her expertise and advice.
Aug 12, 2022
Dr. Shapiro was extremely professional in her care of me.
Aug 10, 2022
Dr was very busy; talked at length with nurse assistant and other ancillary staff answering questions filling out supportive documents et Dr came in I explained problems all over again she had to answer a call will I was explaining my concerns- then she/Dr proceeded to tell me all the options/ outcomes available to me; then left. My issues were the shooting pains in my wrist and forearm of which I explained to her assistants prior to her entering the room; all her responses were about my thumb of which I don't have a current problem..
Aug 03, 2022
My provider was not given all of the information needed from my previous provider to establish a good plan of care. For this reason we are at a stand-still but she stated that once she has my records we should be able to get a plan in motion.
Jul 29, 2022
Excellent caring doctor
Jul 27, 2022
Overall your staff and doctor were wonderful once I got the facility. The only issue I saw was that I don't really have a clear understanding of what's causing the pain but regardless the it has been resolved for at least the time being.
Jul 27, 2022
Jul 27, 2022
Dr. Shapiro took her time. She listened closely to my concerns. I felt very heard and attended to during the visit. Because of the last two visits with her I think I will decide against an optional procedure that may have worsened my condition. I felt good about the care I received and the decision that we came to.
Jul 13, 2022
Dr. Shapiro is outstanding in every way. She has been exceptionally responsive and present from the first day I met her pre-op. I can't emphasize enough the importance of being absolutely focused on me and my recovery. That's how she made me feel. A rarity.
Jul 11, 2022
After a short physical examination the care provider referred me to physical therapy. After over one month I still have barely been able to actively move my finger in spite of doing exercises daily.
Jul 06, 2022
My doctor exhibited everything I wanted to see in a doctor. I am actually not fond of the term "provide " - As I feel this denigrates somewhat the title well-earned of people who have gone through the rigors of medical school and internship and follow-on certifications in specialties etc. It didn't take Dr. Shapiro long to establish credibility with this patient!
Mar 04, 2022
Dr Shapiro is an exceptional provider--UCSF is quite fortunate to have her!

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