Dr. Sean Keem, MD

Dr. Sean Keem, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  |  
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Dr. Sean Keem, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery doctor who practices in Seattle, WA. He has been practicing for 23 years.

1145 Broadway

Seattle, WA 98122

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield

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Top Care Areas


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Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
more than 77% of peers
Low Back Pain
more than 75% of peers
Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
more than 70% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Keem "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."


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

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • 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
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Vertebral Fracture


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  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • 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
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Steroid Injection

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.


  • University Of California At Santa Barbara
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • University Of California, School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • Rutgers Med Sch-Umdnj
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Rutgers Med Sch-Umdnj
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1999
  • Craig Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Denver Children's Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Lakewood Orth Clin Spine Surgery
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000
  • St Anthony Med Ctr
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000
  • University Of Washington / Foster Business School
    Other Education | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Keem has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Keem's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Keem to family and friends
based on 34 total reviews (13 with comments)
Dr. Keem's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (13)
in Seattle, WA |
I suffered worsening back pain and leg pain and weakness for decades. I tried cortisone injections and physical therapy without success. I had spondylolisthesis. Dr. Keem performed a minimally invasive spine surgery that corrected my spondylolisthesis and my back pain and leg problems went away. The nerve pain that used to wake me up is gone. I am planning my ski trip in Austria this winter. That one hour long surgery that left me a two inch faint scar on my side transformed my life.
in Seattle, WA |
Dr. Keem and his team are fantastic. I could barely walk with spinal stenosis and other lower lumbar issues. Dr. Keem evaluated my condition and determined a fusing of L4 and L5 and some clean up work would make me better. He was right! After a 24 hour hospital stay and a walker, I was able to get around the first evening. I am SO MUCH BETTER. Dr. Keem is a miracle worker and I couldn't ask for a better turnout. Thank you Dr. Keem. Highly recommended.
in Mountlake Terrace, WA |
Follow up visit after having major back surgery 2 year ago. Everything checked out well. Dr. Keem was pleased with my progress. I was very pleased with his attention to detail and professional approach. Dr. Keem is a highly skilled individual.
in Seattle, WA |
Dr. Keem's surgical skills were life transforming for me! I had shooting pains in both legs due to severe spinal stenosis in L3-L5. In two back-to-back surgeries Dr. Keem and his team laparoscopically repaired the lumbar discs and replaced the damaged cartilage. The immediate results were spectacular: no more pain in either leg and the knee I thought might need replacement is now pain free. This is so far and beyond my expectations I can't thank Dr. Keem and his team enough for their efforts.
Seattle, WA |
My experience with Dr. Keem and his staff for a Posterior Spinal Fusion of L1-5, and more, 6 months ago has been excellent. I interviewed a total of 6 surgeons from three different systems (Polyclinic, independent, Swedish Neurological Institute). Dr. Keem's explanation of his minimally invasive approach was clear, his demeanor calm and reassuring, so I felt he was the best match for me. 6 months later I am in great shape, pain free and no complications. I highly recommend Dr. Keem.
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 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 accepts 7 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Preferred PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Preferred Provider Network PPN

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Hospitals where Dr. Keem has admitting privileges

Overlake Medical Center
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Swedish Medical Center - First Hill Campus
747 Broadway
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