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James Schlenker, MD
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
4.9 out of 5
Would recommend this provider
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Areas of Expertise
Plastic and reconstructive surgery; hand surgery; microvascular surgery; abdominal and chest wall reconstruction; melanoma
Special Interests
Plastic and reconstructive surgery, hand surgery and microvascular surgery
Personal Information
When not practicing medicine, Dr. Schlenker enjoys watersports, boating, snow skiing, photography and exploring Seattle with his family.
Clinical Experience
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hand Surgery, Cosmetic Services, Microvascular Surgery, Melanoma
Board Certifications
American Board of Surgery, 2005 American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2009
Certificate of added qualification in surgery of the hand, 2010
Hand Surgery: (206) 223-7530
Education and Professional Achievements
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, 1999
General Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, 2000
General Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, 2004 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency, Boston, 2007
Hand and Microvascular Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, 2008
Professional Activities and Awards
Top Doctor, Seattle Met Magazine: 2019
Patient Ratings and Comments
Patient Ratings
All ratings are submitted by Virginia Mason patients and are verified by an independent, national patient survey company. Ratings are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score. Learn about the ratings.
Would recommend provider
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
5.0 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's explanation of condition or problem
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
4.9 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
4.9 out of 5 stars
Patient Comments
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June 2018
Dr Schlenker gave us clear and complete explanations and answered all of our questions. We had all of the information we needed to make a decision about care going forward.
May 2018
As a physician myself (oncology) *Dr. Schlenker _____ the _____ of physician you should have on your staff.
May 2018
Great doc!
May 2018
Wonderful doctor - Excellent listening & communication. I felt I was in extremely good hands - medically & personally.
May 2018
I am a physician myself and I have already referred a few of my patients to *Dr. Schlenker. I was impressed with every aspect of my visit and I hope my patients have as good an experience with me as I did with *Dr. Schlenker!
April 2018
I appreciated *Dr. Schlenker´s clear, concise explanation of surgery pros & cons.
April 2018
*Dr. Schlenker & office staff are always very good & caring.
February 2018
Dr. Schlenket is seriously one of the nicest most pleasant people I have ever met. So caring.
February 2018
Dr. explained the procedure, options time line, and side effects of the surgery to remove my tumor, and made sure to have someone easily set up my surgery appt.
February 2018
They were wonderful & kind. They understood my concerns & worries and dealt with them. Thank you again for your kindness.
January 2018
Dr. is amazing.
December 2017
Dr. Schlenker gets my highest ratings. He was fully engaged with me in explaining treatment options and risks, caring about my concerns, and inspired my confidence in his recommendations. During the procedure, he was careful, _____and gave a running commentary on what he was doing. He also explained what I could expect in the healing process. In addition, and important to me, he´s just a really great human being - he really has the knack of connecting with people.
December 2017
Very, very, very good experience with Dr. Schlenker. He is personable, professional, respectful and genuine. Highly recommend him!
November 2017
Exceptional physician. Caring, personable, able to communicate clearly and to listen. Very detailed, but understandable.
October 2017
August 2017
Interesting - he took a few minutes to "connect" with me at the personal level, and built on that with his professional _____. I came away with complete confidence in both his care about my problem and his recommendations for treatment -
August 2017
Dr. Schlenker spent a lot of time explaining good or bad about PROPOSED treatment.
June 2017
He is nice & understood what was wrong right away.
June 2017
Excellent communication skills and very caring personality. Visit was to discuss surgery the next week.
May 2017
Great pre & p.o. care - Excellent surgical results I have recommended Dr. Schlenker to friends & coworkers.
May 2017
Dr. Schlenker was extremely empathetic and compassionate. He understood our sons difficult struggles he´s had an explained things thoroughly. My son said he was the best doctor he had seen.
May 2017
Dr. Schlenker is ALWAYS warm, kind & practices @ a standard of excellence. I wish all practitioners showed. Regardless of whether the issue is minor to major.
May 2017
I have already recommended Dr. Schlenker to others. He is a courteous, careful, thorough, and gentle provider.
April 2017
Doctor Jim is great!
March 2017
Dr. Schlenker has an unusually positive and comforting "bed side" manner.
March 2017
March 2017
Dr. Schlenker is the kindest, most thorough physician etc - that I have ever experienced and I´m "70" yrs old!!! Even though I live across the sound from VMH - I would never consider going elsewhere!!! Thank you!
February 2017
Dr. Schlenker was kind, thoughtful and very responsive to my situation. Excellent care!