Andrew Federer, MD
Assistant Professor, Orthopedics

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Medical School:
  • MD, Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center (2014)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Georgetown University (DC) (2010)
Residency:
  • Duke University Hospital Program, Chief Resident, Orthopedics (2019)
Fellowships:
  • University of Utah Medical Center Program, Hand Surgery (2020)
Languages: English
Department: Orthopedics

Professional Titles

  • Associate Professor

Research Interests

Cost Savings, Cost Effective Analyses, Patient Preference

Publications

  • Baumgartner RE, Federer AE, Guerrero EM, Mithani SK, Ruch DS, Richard MJ. Complications of Low-Profile Plate Fixation in Metacarpal Fractures. Orthopedics. 2020 Oct 1;:1-4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33002179
  • Saltzman EB, Belay E, Federer AE, French R, Anakwenze O, Gage MJ, Klifto CS. Intramedullary Humeral Nail Placement through the Rotator Interval: An Anatomic and Radiographic Analysis. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2020 Aug 19. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32827652
  • Federer AE, Baumgartner RE, Cunningham DJ, Mithani SK. Increased Rate of Complications following Trigger Finger Release in Diabetic Patients. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020 Oct;146(4):420e-427e. PubMed PMID: 32590518
  • Guerrero EM, Lauder A, Federer AE, Glisson R, Richard MJ, Ruch DS. Metacarpal Position and Lunate Facet Screw Fixation in Dorsal Wrist-Spanning Bridge Plates for Intra-Articular Distal Radial Fracture: A Biomechanical Analysis. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 Mar 4;102(5):397-403. PubMed PMID: 31904607
  • Matson AP, Federer AE, Meisel EM, Barchick SR, Ruch DS, Richard MJ. Determination of the Optimal Location for Bone Graft Harvest in the Distal Radius. Hand (N Y). 2020 Nov;15(6):863-869. PubMed PMID: 30829063
  • Federer AE, Guerrero EM, Dekker TJ, Mithani SK, Aldridge JM 3rd, Ruch DS, Richard MJ. Open Reduction Internal Fixation With Transverse Volar Plating for Unstable Proximal Interphalangeal Fracture-Dislocation: The Seatbelt Procedure. Hand (N Y). 2020 Mar;15(2):201-207. PubMed PMID: 30056754
  • Cunningham DJ, Baumgartner RE, Federer AE, Richard MJ, Mithani SK. Elevated Preoperative Hemoglobin A1c Associated with Increased Wound Complications in Diabetic Patients Undergoing Primary, Open Carpal Tunnel Release. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Oct;144(4):632e-638e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000006023. PMID: 31568301.
  • Cunningham DJ, Baumgartner RE, Federer AE, Richard MJ, Mithani SK. Elevated Preoperative Hemoglobin A1c Associated with Increased Wound Complications in Diabetic Patients Undergoing Primary, Open Carpal Tunnel Release. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Oct;144(4):632e-638e. PubMed PMID: 31568301
  • Federer AE, Mather RC 3rd, Ramsey ML, Garrigues GE. Cost-effectiveness analysis of total elbow arthroplasty versus open reduction-internal fixation for distal humeral fractures. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2019 Jan;28(1):102-111. PubMed PMID: 30551781
  • Federer AE, Murphy JS, Calandruccio JH, Devito DP, Kozin SH, Slappey GS, Lourie GM. Ulnar Nerve Injury in Pediatric Midshaft Forearm Fractures: A Case Series. J Orthop Trauma. 2018 Sep;32(9):e359-e365. PubMed PMID: 29905626
  • Dekker TJ, Hamid KS, Federer AE, Steele JR, Easley ME, Nunley JA, Adams SB Jr. The Value of Motion: Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Are Correlated With Range of Motion in Total Ankle Replacement. Foot Ankle Spec. 2018 Oct;11(5):451-456. PubMed PMID: 29277111
  • Federer AE, Tainter DM, Adams SB, Schweitzer KM Jr. Conservative Management of Metatarsalgia and Lesser Toe Deformities. Foot Ankle Clin. 2018 Mar;23(1):9-20. PubMed PMID: 29362036
  • Dekker TJ, Steele JR, Federer AE, Easley ME, Hamid KS, Adams SB. Efficacy of Particulated Juvenile Cartilage Allograft Transplantation for Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Mar;39(3):278-283. PubMed PMID: 29262723
  • Dekker TJ, Steele JR, Federer AE, Hamid KS, Adams SB Jr. Use of Patient-Specific 3D-Printed Titanium Implants for Complex Foot and Ankle Limb Salvage, Deformity Correction, and Arthrodesis Procedures. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Aug;39(8):916-921. PubMed PMID: 29648876
  • Dekker TJ, Walton D, Vinson EN, Hamid KS, Federer AE, Easley ME, DeOrio JK, Nunley JA, Adams SB Jr. Hindfoot Arthritis Progression and Arthrodesis Risk After Total Ankle Replacement. Foot Ankle Int. 2017 Nov;38(11):1183-1187. PubMed PMID: 28810805
  • Federer AE, Steele JR, Dekker TJ, Liles JL, Adams SB. Tendonitis and Tendinopathy: What Are They and How Do They Evolve?. Foot Ankle Clin. 2017 Dec;22(4):665-676. PubMed PMID: 29078821
  • Federer AE, Haughom BD, Levy DM, Riff AJ, Nho SJ. Blastomyces Tenosynovitis of the Foot and Ankle: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2015 Nov-Dec;54(6):1183-7. PubMed PMID: 26215556
  • Federer AE, Karas V, Nho S, Coleman SH, Mather RC 3rd. Capsular Suspension Technique for Hip Arthroscopy. Arthrosc Tech. 2015 Aug;4(4):e317-22. PubMed PMID: 26759769
  • Federer AE, Taylor DC, Mather RC 3rd. Using evidence-based algorithms to improve clinical decision making: the case of a first-time anterior shoulder dislocation. Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2013 Sep;21(3):155-65. PubMed PMID: 23924748
  • Nho SJ, Freedman RL, Federer AE, Mather RC 3rd, Espinoza Orias AA, Wang VM, Van Thiel GS. Computed tomographic analysis of curved and straight guides for placement of suture anchors for acetabular labral refixation. Arthroscopy. 2013 Oct;29(10):1623-7. PubMed PMID: 24075612
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Practice Locations

UCHealth Orthopedics Clinic - Cherry Creek
100 Cook Street
Suite 406
Denver, CO 80206
720-516-9417

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Hand Surgery
Conditions & Treatments
  • Surgery - Fracture nonunions
  • Surgery
  • Surgery - Hand Surgery
  • Surgery - Arm and hand injuries and disorders
  • Surgery - Nerve surgery
  • Surgery - Wrist fractures
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Arthritis
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Fractures
Care Philosophy
We interact with the world through our hands, and hand pathology can have a dramatic effect on our lives. Because treatments for these injuries are so tailored, I believe that understanding the patient and their specific needs is the first step in delivering the highest quality care. My passion for treating individuals so they can return to their active lifestyle has led me to pursue a career in hand/upper extremity.  I approach each patient with the compassion I would give a family member and am dedicated to using the best available scientific evidence and advanced techniques to improve their function.

Personal Interests
I live an active lifestyle outside of work and enjoy running, rowing, hiking and skiing. I am the fourth of five children and have eight nieces and nephews. I relax outside of work playing guitar and enjoying music concerts.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center (2014)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Georgetown University (DC) (2010)
Residency Programs:
  • Duke University Hospital Program, Chief Resident, Orthopedics (2019)
Fellowships:
  • University of Utah Medical Center Program, Hand Surgery (2020)
Languages: English
Department: Orthopedics
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