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Nicole A. Friel, M.D.

Nicole A. Friel, M.D., MS, is an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. Dr. Friel is dedicated to providing world-class care to children in Northern California. She specializes in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine, taking care of non-operative and operative conditions, including performing arthroscopic and open procedures on the knee and shoulder. She has particular interest in shoulder instability, knee ligament reconstruction and cartilage restoration.

Dr. Friel earned her medical degree at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where she graduated with honors. While completing a residency in orthopaedic surgery at University of Pittsburgh, she was awarded the most outstanding graduating chief resident award. She completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at Rush University Medical Center. On the academic front, Dr. Friel has authored multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts in major orthopaedic and sports medicine journals and also numerous book chapters. She loves teaching medical students and residents who aspire to be successful physicians.

Dr. Friel enjoys taking care of all her patients, including many athletes. She has served as the team physician for multiple high school and collegiate teams, and has assisted in the care of professional team members, including the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls. Her primary goal is to find the best way to return her young patients to being active and healthy.


  • Doctorate of Medicine, Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.
  • Master of Science, Anatomy and Cell Biology, The Graduate College of Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.

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