Our History

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Our History 2016-11-09T00:05:16+00:00

Proliance Hand, Wrist & Elbow Physicians was founded as Washington Hand Surgery in Bellevue in 1983 by Edward North, MD. Our name change reflects how our treatment focus now includes not only the hands, but wrists and elbows as well.

Prior to the opening of PHWE, patients on the Eastside who had complicated problems of the hands or upper extremities were sent to Seattle. There they were treated primarily by plastic surgeons with no specialized training in hand or elbow surgery.

PHWE physicians are highly trained, board-certified specialists in hand, wrist and elbow surgery. And because we’re located on the Eastside, patients in the Bellevue, Issaquah, Bothell, Redmond and Kirkland areas can get the care they need much closer to home.

PHWE has grown tremendously since 1983, yet our mission remains the same: to give our patients—from the Eastside and beyond—exceptional and compassionate care that returns them to good health as quickly as possible.

Dr. North retired Jan 31, 2015, after 39 years in medicine.