Dr. Samuel Koo, MD

Dr. Samuel Koo, MD

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 42
Dr. Samuel Koo, MD is an orthopedic shoulder & elbow surgery specialist in Kirkland, WA and has been practicing for 9 years. He graduated from Northwestern Center Feinberg School of Medicine in 2003 and specializes in orthopedic shoulder & elbow surgery, orthopedic surgery, and more.Read his story

12911 120th Ave NE Ste H210

Kirkland, WA 98034

Contact Information

(425) 823-4000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Guardian
  • Health Net
  • Medicaid
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
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Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
very high
more than 91% of peers
Shoulder Dislocation
more than 89% of peers
Arm Surgery
more than 88% of peers

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Dr. Koo's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Koo "Dr. Samuel Koo, MD, MPH is a board-certified orthopedic physician and surgeon specializing in minimally invasive arthroscopic shoulder surgery, complex open shoulder surgery, trauma and fracture care. Dr. Koo is an authority on treating shoulder problems to help patients resume an active lifestyle as quickly as possible. He trained with Dr. Stephen Burkhart, the world's foremost expert in minimally invasive shoulder surgery. Dr. Koo is licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the state of Washington."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Koo "I believe all surgeons should have two essential qualities: integrity and empathy. To me, integrity means treating each patient as if I were caring for my wife and children. Family is exceedingly important to me so you can be assured you will be well cared for. I will not recommend surgery unless all non-operative solutions have been explored and exhausted. Also, integrity means to offer the highest quality care currently available. I am an expert at arthroscopic (minimally invasive) shoulder surgery. The shoulder is an extremely fascinating joint with lots of moving parts. As such, injuries are common and often complex. Over the last few years, there have been dramatic improvements in the way we treat shoulder pathology. We are now able to perform most shoulder surgeries using arthroscopic techniques (small incisions) that are at least as good, if not better than, the open (larger incisions) procedures of the past. Having trained with the world's expert in minimally invasive shoulder surgery, the care/technical expertise you will receive is cutting edge and based on the best available research for various shoulder ailments (e.g. rotator cuff tears, labral tears and instability). In fact, I am always actively looking for new ways to improve my surgical/nonsurgical treatment methods so you can regain your active lifestyle. Lastly, empathy is a term not often associated with surgeons. This is quite unfortunate, because we are in the ideal position to support patients as they recover from difficult procedures. In my practice, your questions will be heard and answered promptly. By working together, focused on your goals, we can optimize the patient experience and maximize your health and well being."
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3  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

19  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Fracture
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Joint Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)

20  Procedures

Background Check

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  • Wheaton College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1998
  • Northwestern Center Feinberg School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2003
  • Northwestern Meml Hosp/McGaw Med Ctr
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Northwestern Center Feinberg School of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2008
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Fellowship with Stephen Burkhart
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2009

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Korean

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What People Say About Dr. Samuel Koo, MD
Dr. Koo and his team was great! He explained the issue with my shoulder and explained the risks and probable outcomes of the surgery. It turns out I had a lot of repair needed and the surgery and recovery has been a success. I am still working to return to contact sports, but I have returned to...Read More
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Jason P in Kirkland, WA – Jul 31, 2018
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When I hurt my shoulders I came to Doc. Koo. He was amazing. I had total convenience in his course of treatment. I had one shoulder replaced and the other repaired. His staff was always friendly and professional. The best part was I knew financially where I was at all times. I would recommend...Read More
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Jul 11, 2018
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I've been very pleased with the process of my shoulder surgery and rehabilitation. I now have back the activity that my previous injury was taking away. Thank You.
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John Stevenson in Duvall, WA – Jun 21, 2018
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Dr. Koo is great, I can sleep well now without shoulder pain. very pleased.
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Jun 13, 2018
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I traveled over 2000 miles to see Dr Koo. I was able to accomplish some pre-screening with Dr Koo and his staff. My first appointment was prompt, informative and very encouraging. I scheduled surgery and from the time I arrived until I was leaving in my car with my wife there was less than 5...Read More
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David in Fairbanks, AK – May 08, 2018
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