Dr. Sean Keem, MD
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Dr. Sean Keem, MD


Orthopedic Spine Surgery | Male

Care Philosophy

Surgery should rarely be the first option in caring patients with spinal disorders. If patients are left with no other practical option but surgery, I strive to delivery the maximum value through minimal necessary spinal surgery.


Dr. Sean Keem, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery doctor who practices in Seattle, WA. He has been practicing for 23 years. Dr. Keem is affiliated with Swedish Medical Center - First Hill Campus and Overlake Medical Center.

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    Patient Reviews (9)
    Seattle, WA |
    Dr. Keem is very patient, takes time necessary to inform you of problem and options to treat it. Though he is a surgeon, surgery is not his first suggestion to address a problem. He is very competent and answers all questions you have. He never talks down to you.
    in Seattle, WA |
    I was diagnosed with lumbar sponylolisthesis at 18. I always had back pain that got worse after the childbirth. The pain became insufferable and it consumed my life. I saw 6 spine surgeons and neurosurgeons. Dr. Keem was my 3rd opinion and I decided to go with him because of his reputation and his ability to listen to my problem carefully and explain the treatment clearly. His surgical option was the least invasive, too. One year after surgery, I am so glad I made the right decision!!
    in Seattle, WA |
    Dr Keem was prepared with my medical history when I first saw him. He listens well. He told me that he would be the surgeon, not a resident or other colleagues. Result excellent. Pain mostly gone (was told pain would go within 6 mo) & complete healing within a year. Am very happy with results & with ability to walk without a lot of pain. Highly recommend Dr. Keem.
    Seattle, WA |
    Dr. Keem fixed my debilitating tension headache that I suffered for 20 years. I tried everything under the sun to get some relief and nothing worked. He fixed the problem for good in one afternoon with a 45 minute surgery: cervical artificial disc replacement. He is a good doctor and skilled surgeon. I cannot thank him enough.
    Seattle, WA |
    Dr. Keem provides excellent care. He listens carefully and explains things clearly. I appreciate his caring and understanding demeanor. I am very satisfied with his care.
    in Seattle, WA |
    At our first meeting October 2016 I was immediately impressed with Dr.Keem's warm and professional manner. Since I would be having a lumbar fusion, which requires major surgery, I was understandably concerned. When Dr. Keem carefully explained what the surgery would entail plus what I could expect in a long recuperation, I relaxed knowing I would be in the hands of this wonderfull surgeon. I've had an excellent recovery. All the pain is gone. I highly recommend Dr. Keem. J. William Tobin
    in Kent, WA |
    Dr. Keem is a great surgeon with good hands who fixed my broken neck. He is a gentleman who pays great attention when you talk to him. He never rushed me out of his office before and after surgery. I recommend him everyone whom I care with spine problems.
    in Seattle, WA |
    He was very no-nonsense yet somehow warm. He explained things well and was methodical.
    Spring Hill, FL |
    I was operated on by Dr Keem twice, most recent about 7 years ago. Thanks to him I'm able to walk unassisted even though my spine was almost severed where it meets my hip region. What a gifted Doctor and human being. Everyone I've ever referred to him has high praise, wish we still had him in Georgia.
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    Dr. Keem's Care Philosophy

    Surgery should rarely be the first option in caring patients with spinal disorders. If patients are left with no other practical option but surgery, I strive to delivery the maximum value through minimal necessary spinal surgery.

    Dr. Keem says...

    Cervical, thoracic and lumbar disc hernaition with radiculopathy and/or myelopahty

    Degenerative conditions: Cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal stenosis with myelopathy

    Spinal deformities: Scoliosis, spondylolisthesis and kyphosis

    Traumatic conditions: kyphoplasty, percutaneous/open fracture stabilization

    Iatrogenic conditions: post-laminectomy syndrome, failed back, mal-union, non-union

    Dr. Keem says...

    ACDF, cervical arthroplasty (artificial disc), cervical laminotomy/foraminotomy

    Microdiscectomy, lumbar arthroplasty (artificial disc)

    XLIF of thoracic and lumbar spine

    OLIF, XLIF, DLIF of lumbar spine

    kyphoplasty, percutaneous fracture stabilization

    Dr. Keem's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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    •  Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
    •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
    •  Malpractice claims in Washington not available
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    • Orthopedic Surgery

    Conditions Treated

    • Ankylosing Spondylitis
    • Back Pain
    • Bone Disorders
    • Broken Neck
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
    • Chronic Neck Pain
    • Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Gait Abnormality
    • Herniated Disc
    • Intervertebral Disc Disease
    • Limb Pain
    • Low Back Pain
    • Lumbar Spine Fracture
    • Myelopathy
    • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
    • Osteoarthritis of Spine
    • Pathological Spine Fracture
    • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
    • Pseudoarthrosis
    • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Scoliosis
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Spine Deformities
    • Spine Disorders
    • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
    • Spondylitis
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Thoracic Spine Fracture
    • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
    • Vertebral Fracture


    • Medical School
      University Of California, School Of Medicine

      Graduated in 1994

    • Internship Hospital
      Rutgers Med Sch-UMDNJ

      Completed in 1995

    • Residency Hospital
      Rutgers Med Sch-UMDNJ

      Completed in 1999

    • Fellowship Hospital
      Craig Hospital

      Completed in 2000

      Denver Children's Hospital

      Completed in 2000

      Lakewood Orth Clin Spine Surgery

      Completed in 2000

      St Anthony Med Ctr

      Completed in 2000

    • Undergraduate School
      University of California at Santa Barbara
    • Other Education
      University Of Washington / Foster Business School

    Languages Spoken

    • English
    • French
    • Spanish

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    • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
    • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
    • Orthopedic Neck Surgery
    • Orthopedic Spine Reconstructive Surgery

    Procedures Performed

    • Carpal Tunnel Release
    • Disc Replacement
    • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
    • Herniated Disc Surgery
    • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
    • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
    • Neuroplasty
    • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
    • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
    • Spinal Fusion
    • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
    • Steroid Injection