About Us

Our Philosophy

To see our patients the day they are sick.

To be on call for our patients at night.

To arrange specialty consultations within a week or the same day when necessary.

To take care of our patients in the hospital as well as in the office.

To make house calls on homebound patients.

To recognize that the anxiety that can accompany illness is as important to attend to as the condition itself.

To make the patient part of the conversation, to answer questions fully and explain clearly, to be kind.

In sum, to provide the highest standard of humane attention and diagnostic skill.


Our Practice 

Dr. Jaime B Friedman and Dr. Carol B Sheckter met in medical school, did their residences and fellowships together at the University of Washington, married, and started Hawthorne Hills Internal Medicine in 1989. Located in Hawthorne Hills – close to Children’s Hospital – their private practice has become one of the most bustling in the city.

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Hawthorne Hills Internal Medicine has been built almost entirely by word of mouth. Drs. Friedman and Sheckter take great pride in the close relationships they have with their patients that gives the office a comfortable air of warmth and good feeling. Hawthorne Internal Medicine is adult medicine serving patients of all ages, levels of income, occupations and interests. Drs. Friedman and Sheckter are especially proud of the large number of area nurses and physicians who choose Hawthorne Hills for their own medical care.

Hawthorne Hills Internal Medicine is an independent practice and intends to remain so. This means that Drs. Friedman and Sheckter can send patients to any medical or surgical specialist or radiology facility they choose without regard to the pressures that can influence those decisions in large multi-specialty groups or HMOs.

Dr. Friedman and Dr. Sheckter trained in Seattle and have decades of experience with the city’s best medical practitioners. They send patients to specialists they trust and discuss every patient’s case directly with consultants. Patients are admitted to Northwest Hospital but can be sent elsewhere for specialized procedures or surgeries under the care of the physicians they feel are most qualified.



Dr. Jaime B Friedman

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Dr. Jaime Friedman has been in practice in Seattle since 1989. He holds degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of California Santa Cruz and Oxford University. Before going into medicine he wrote on national economic affairs for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. He attended medical school at McMaster University and completed a residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at the University of Washington. His articles, reviews and letters have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine and the American College Of Physicians Journal Club. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and devotes himself full-time to the practice of primary care internal medicine.


Dr. Carol B Sheckter

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Dr. Carol Sheckter has been in practice in Seattle since 1989. A BSc Nursing graduate of Queens University she took her medical degree from McMaster University and completed a residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Washington, Seattle. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Sheckter is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Annals of Internal Medicine. She specializes in primary care internal medicine and endocrinology and is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.



-Preventive Care: blood pressure, cholesterol, high blood sugar, sugar, smoking cessation, weight management, mammography scheduling, pap smears, colonoscopy, prostate evaluation.

-Women’s Health


-Medication for Travel

-STD Testing, Treatment, and Counseling

-Anxiety and Depression: advice and counsel, referrals for therapy and/or medication management

-Sexual Problems

-Office and in-hospital management of acute single or multi-organ disease

-Coordination of specialist care for ongoing multi-organ problems

-Staff help making appointments with specialists or radiologic facilities

-Second opinions on symptoms, suggested evaluation and treatment


Here is what patients are saying about Hawthorne Hills Internal Medicine:

“I have been a patient of Dr. Jaime Friedman since I was a college student at the University of Washington.  I’ve been seeing him for over 10 years, and I don’t think that a short review would come close to doing justice what I think about Dr. Friedman.  The easiest way for me to describe him is that he tries to get to the root cause of whatever health issue I’m having. Generally my appointments take quite some time because he sits down and asks me about my life.  What has changed, how things are going at work and personally, my physical situation (eating, exercise) and most of all, what’s on my mind regarding my health.  He never overprescribes and he’ll always try to offer a natural route before putting me on a medication. I appreciate that so much. Jaime is one of the most sincere and genuine people I’ve ever met. He truly cares about me and my health.   On top of that, he knows everyone in town and if he’s not the expert, he will send me directly to the person that is.  He is very preventative and monitors everything so closely.  He truly acts as the facilitator of all of my healthcare and knows exactly what’s going on with me. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a doctor that is so much more than the regular MD. Thank you so much, Dr. Friedman!  You are a true inspiration to the medical field.” -Katrina Alston from Seattle, Washington


“Dr. Carol B. Sheckter has been my primary care physician for years and I cannot say enough about her expert care.  Dr. Sheckter has always spent time listening to concerns I may have, discussing them in understandable detail with clear treatment options. Her expertise in internal medicine and endocrinology is the gold standard. Hawthorne Hills Internal Medicine is run efficiently with competent, friendly staff. I have never felt like I was part of some big medicine machine but rather always as a valued patient.” -Colleen Johns from Seattle, Washington


“Since becoming patients of Dr. Jaime Friedman, we have been very satisfied with his and his staff’s medical treatment. He is compassionate, listens to our complaints and recommends a treatment course and alternatives. When a specialist is recommended, he has knowledge of a large cadre of other physicians. When referring to a specialist, he talks to that physician before our appointment, helps schedule timely appointments, and confers with that physician during our treatment. We feel lucky to have Dr. Freidman as our primary care doctor.” -Gary & Paula Barnebey from Seattle, Washington



Hawthorne Hills is conveniently located near the University District at:

4026 NE 55th Street, Suite F

Seattle, WA 98115


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To schedule an appointment, you can reach our friendly staff at (206) 523-9195.


We look forward to seeing you soon!