Dr. Samuel Koo, MD

Dr. Samuel Koo, MD

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery  ·  
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Age 41
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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
  • 6 More

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Koo performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
very high
more than 91% of peers
Shoulder Dislocation
high
more than 89% of peers
Arm Surgery
high
more than 88% of peers

Dr. Koo's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

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

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Washington.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • 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

Dr. Koo has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Korean

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Koo's Reviews

4.7
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Koo to family and friends
138 total reviews (48 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (138)

  • 5
    (126)
  • 4
    (2)
  • 3
    (1)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
    (8)

Dr. Koo's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (48)

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...more
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Absolutely great experience. Dr Koo did a fantastic job of re-attaching three completely torn rotator cuff muscles. Recovery was fast. The entire staff is awesome and efficient. Both Dr Koo and Claudia Kalotay (PA) do an excellent job of explaining conditions and you can tell they are both very...more
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This was my second shoulder that was done by Dr Koo. Everything was fantastic. The staff was excellent. I am super happy with the results.
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Dr Koo was unable to reattach my long head bicep tendon and his staff has been unresponsive to inadequate post op pain management.
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