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Nicole Strauss Schroeder


Chief, Hand, Elbow and Upper Extremity Surgery
Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Nicole Schroeder is an orthopedic surgeon with special interests in physical injuries of the hand and forearm, tendinosis (chronic degeneration of a tendon), Dupuytren's contracture (a hand condition in which some of the fingers can't straighten), arthritis, blood vessel and nerve problems, bone deformities, dislocations and fractures, joint problems, tumors, and ligament and tendon injuries. She serves as chief of hand, elbow and upper extremity services for UCSF's orthopedic surgery department.

Schroeder earned her medical degree from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at UCSF and a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Washington University in St. Louis.

UCSF has honored Schroeder, a faculty member since 2018, with several awards for excellence in teaching. She serves as associate director of UCSF's orthopedic residency program and director of its education curriculum. She is a member of the Academy of Medical Educators and American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

  • Education

    Northwestern University, MD, 2004

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Orthopedic Surgery, 2009

  • Fellowships

    Washington University, Hand and Upper Extremity, 2010

  • Board Certifications

    Hand Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

    Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (3)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    284 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 06, 2023
    Excellent in every way
    Nov 03, 2023
    She was excellent from start to finish.
    Nov 03, 2023
    Very good visit and efficient use of time
    Oct 30, 2023
    Oct 29, 2023
    Dr. Schroeder was great! The only thing that I regret is I had questions that I forgot to ask. When I go to a doctor visit it's always a little overwhelming and I wish there was a way to be able to email her and just ask those one or two questions that I forgot to ask at the time of the appointment.
    Oct 20, 2023
    I am impressed and grateful for the level of detail my practitioner shared about my injury and prospects for continued recovery and for her help in providing advice and solutions for new problems resulting from the original injury.
    Sep 15, 2023
    Dr Nicole Schroeder is great!
    Sep 02, 2023
    Dr. Schroeder was so special. I could tell she sincerely cared about our child and our family. She was very patient with all our questions and helped us understand our child's condition and our options. I really appreciated her.
    Sep 01, 2023
    Excellent doctor
    Aug 27, 2023
    Could not have been better -
    Aug 25, 2023
    Dr. Schroeder was extremely professional polite thorough answered all of my questions and her treatment was exceptional. I received two cortisone shots and she was deliberate careful focused and administered the injections with a minimum of discomfort.
    Jul 28, 2023
    Dr Schroeder is an exceptional surgeon! Her care for me as a patient has been very much appreciated! I have recommended her to a few friends. One had her surgery from Dr Schroeder and was very pleased with her experience.
    Jul 28, 2023
    The appointment with the hand doctor was simple and brief. She referred me to a hand therapist to get a cast for my finger.
    Jul 17, 2023
    Dr. Schroeder is a very confident doctor. I have great confidence on her judgement and skill. That's very comforting to me.
    Jul 16, 2023
    Again Dr. Schroeder is a superb physician with exceptional people skills and outstanding diagnostic skills.
    Jul 11, 2023
    My needs were thoroughly addressed in a respectful manner.
    Jun 30, 2023
    Dr. Schroeder was able to give the best diagnosis of my problem to date. I have seen two other surgeons before Dr. Schroeder and neither could identify the actual problem.
    Jun 09, 2023
    I felt she was attentive competent and nice.
    Apr 21, 2023
    Dr. Schroeder showed no empathy for my condition little interest in how it arose and declined to review the medical records I brought with me to inform her about past treatment I had received. She quickly diagnosed my condition as simple osteoarthritis recited treatment options in the briefest possible manner without detail asked if I had any other questions then handed me a referral to OT and a package of papers reiterating the scripted description of treatment options she had provided. The entire encounter lasted about 15 minutes.
    Apr 07, 2023
    Dr. Schroeder is an asset to any organization she chooses to work with. She is an executional surgeon.
    Apr 07, 2023
    Dr. Schroeder is very personable very compassionate and she gives eye contact and listens attentively.
    Apr 07, 2023
    Very empathic and knowledgeable.Addressed all questions helpfully (like when could I ski again )I appreciated getting to see the X-rays to understand the anatomy of my injury.Helpful to hear that it's normal for some pain to come and go over the next 2 months so I won't be alarmed when that happens.
    Apr 07, 2023
    My problem necessitated being referred to a special surgeon to do a biopsy as she was recommended by my care provider. The biopsy was complete but I have no instruction from my care provider as to follow up or other care that I might need.
    Mar 31, 2023
    Would absolutely recommend Dr Nicole Schroeder
    Mar 31, 2023
    Dr. Schroeder was exceptionally informative and helpful to me.
    Mar 24, 2023
    Dr Schroeder is an exceptional doctor! She genuinely cares about your health and well being and does all that she can to help you progress.
    Mar 24, 2023
    Dr. Schroeder is very friendly and professional. She made me feel extremely comfortable.
    Mar 12, 2023
    I just wish we had more time.
    Feb 19, 2023
    There has been a bit of a challenge getting seen by the neck surgeon following my MRI as Dr. Schroeder is concerned that my carpal tunnel issues could be caused by neck arthritis and compression.
    Feb 10, 2023
    Dr. Schroeder is amazing and so is her resident.
    Jan 25, 2023
    Very professional except that have not received clarification on root cause of hand issue: either carpal tunnel or from neck arthritis.
    Jan 20, 2023
    This was my first time visit with Doctor Schroeder and I liked her very much. I would highly recommend Dr. Schroeder to my friends and family.
    Jan 19, 2023
    I always get very good treatment and clear explanations but I also ask questions when I need further clarification. Thank you!
    Jan 15, 2023
    I found my surgeon to be great at the surgery but have little concern about or knowledge of how to help with my ccurrent concern muscle loss from nerve damage. She was not encouragingand didnt seem Informed about potential treatments to Improve my condition. In addition she didnt seem to have looked at my test results didnt exhibit concern for my time and didn't answer my questions on my chart. I felt the drive to UCSF for this consultation was a waste of my time and resources we could easily have handled this by e mail or over the phone or with messaging on my chart. I was very disappointed
    Jan 13, 2023
    I have already recommended Dr. Nicole Schroeder to two people. She's an excellent physician smart warm very competent. I had such a good experience with her after a very disappointing prior hand doctor in the east bay.
    Jan 06, 2023
    All good
    Jan 06, 2023
    My doctor was very knowledgeable about my injury and options. She shared a lot of helpful information in regards to treatment options therapy and pain management with therapy.
    Dec 04, 2022
    Dr. Schroeder does an amazing job explaining the process for healing and any future timelines and the why to my questions. She individualizes her comments so I feel like they relate specifically to my situation and recovery needs and expectations along with ensuring I understand how hard to push my own recovery.
    Dec 02, 2022
    Nov 20, 2022
    Nov 18, 2022
    Confused as to why Dr Schroeder approved a shoulder X-ray and then told me afterward in our appointment that she is not a shoulder doctor and referred me to someone else!
    Nov 13, 2022
    Great visit to the professor and nice follow-up on MyChart.
    Nov 05, 2022
    I have all the praise for the care and for the invaluable information I got about my problem and future treatments.
    Nov 03, 2022
    Doctor did her homework very well and was straight forward. Was the best experience I've ever had with a health care provider.
    Oct 28, 2022
    I was on a cruise s& recommended Dr. Nicole.
    Oct 28, 2022
    Looking forward to move my Hand/Wrist therapy to the UCSF campus. I have had UC care insurance as a UC employee & retirement.
    Oct 28, 2022
    Dr. Schroeder fully explained her thoughts as she examined me called in colleagues to consult on a possible diagnosis.
    Oct 21, 2022
    Dr. Schroeder was very nice and kind.
    Oct 08, 2022
    Sep 26, 2022
    None of the people were bad but the experience was a 90% waste of time money and resources since it didn't result in getting a test which could be helpful. By the time I get an MRI it will have been 7 weeks from the time I started trying to get care. Basically there was no point in getting any care; I should have just waited a few months to see if it would heal on its own. But I don't think it will.
    Sep 18, 2022
    Dr. Schroeder is an excellent surgeon with an excellent demeanor informing and comforting her patients simultaneously
    Sep 18, 2022
    Dr. S. Knew her stuff - professional efficient & tech competent. Exrayed examined explained technically prescribed blood tests for diagnosis input PT&digit support.
    Sep 02, 2022
    I already have recommended Dr. Schroeder many times.
    Aug 22, 2022
    Dr. Schroeder listened patiently to all I had to say showed me on the x rays what had actually happened to my hand. She was thorough reassuring and involved me in how to proceed. She has a positive attitude and is not bossy. I left feeling great!
    Aug 12, 2022
    Excellent physician
    Aug 07, 2022
    The resident wasn't nearly as competent as the doctor. Advice was off.
    Jul 29, 2022
    Excellent care. Great explanations. Eval and injection all in same visit. Very patient. Very knowledgeable
    Jul 22, 2022
    Went the extra mile to explain and recommend the use of Voltaten
    Jul 22, 2022
    Dr. Schroeder I thought she was very thorough in her evaluation and I have the upmost confidence in her abilities. She was very easy to talk to.Also I thought her resident (intern?) did an excellent job.
    May 23, 2022
    May 22, 2022
    UCSF deserves the fine reputation they have in Orthopedic survey and the specialities within. My clinician was well read and able to give me evidence for the treatment plan we chose. She was not rushed or distracted. Her eye contact displayed her sincere concern and interest in helping me find a solution to my clinical Post op situation.
    Apr 11, 2022
    The personal care interest and conversation with the Doctor were greatly appreciated. I felt seen and listened to.
    Apr 09, 2022
    Very easy & kind!
    Apr 05, 2022
    Appreciated the kindness patience and treatment that was about to be given as well as Q&A before I left.
    Mar 30, 2022
    Dr Schroeder is excellent at explaining procedures and outcomes. I have referred her to 4 friends.
    Mar 12, 2022
    Dr. Schroeder is excellent and I feel very grateful to be under her care.
    Mar 06, 2022
    UCSF should be grateful for someone of Dr. Schroeder's caliber works there. I am grateful to have seen her.
    Feb 24, 2022
    Dr. Schroeder explained my options showed me the results of my MRI explained what I was seeing in a way I could understand.
    Feb 19, 2022
    I was so exuberant after this visit. Dr. Schroeder was thorough and thoughtful compassionate and honest. She listened and understood my needs and concerns. She offered me many alternatives to surgery and I am eager to pursue them. She was a second opinion and how she gave me hope. Dr. Schroeder acknowledged me as a whole person. Her care and respect were appreciated.I left this visit feeling hopeful and elated. Dr. Schroeder's sincere desire to help and heal the patient is so evident. This was a most positive experience.