Dr. Sean Keem, MD

Dr. Sean Keem, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Dr. Sean Keem, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Seattle, WA and has been practicing for 18 years. He graduated from University Of California, School Of Medicine in 1994 and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery, orthopedic neck surgery, and more.

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."

4  Specialties

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

1  Board Certifications

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

36  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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14  Procedures

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • 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
38 total reviews (17 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (38)

  • 5
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  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

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 (17)

Dr Keem diagnosed and corrected the major cause of my migraines and Laryngeal Spasms caused by severely misaligned and arthritic C4, C5 vertebrae. I have had no pain from the surgery and the Cervical (Neck) Implants by "MEDTRONIC" that he used. He is very personable and took the time to understand...more
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Had back surgery with Dr Keem. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone who asked. He did excellent work, explained what needed to happen and why, and had my complete trust. Great surgeon!
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The very best care and result. Highly recommended.
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Great Surgeon! Had back surgery and results were terrific. Thank you Polyclinic for such high quality, state of the art doctors and surgeons. I could hardly walk two blocks and was in continuous pain. 6 weeks after surgery I am out walking 3+ miles pain free. I am 73 years old and this gave me an...more
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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. ...more
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