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Keem, Sean, MD, FAAOS

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Education

Sean Keem, MD received his medical degree from The University of California, San Diego, with honors.  He completed his internship in general surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and his residency in orthopedic surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School where he served as chief resident.  The doctor did his fellowship in spine surgery at Lakewood Orthopedic Clinic/St. Anthony Hospital/The Children’s Hospital/Craig Hospital, Denver, Colorado

Special Interests

Dr. Keem is a board certified orthopedic back surgeon with special interest in minimally invasive spine surgeries (MIS), including XLIF/DLIF, AxiaLIF, ILIF, X-STOP, percutaneous pedicle and facet screw fixation, kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty, microdiscectomy and foraminotom, lateral thoracic and lumbar discectomy and fusion, percutaneous spinal tumor ablation, percutaneous spinal abscess evacuation, and sacro-iliac arthrodesis; artificial disc replacement of cervical and lumbar spine; surgeries for cervical, thoracic and lumbar disc degeneration/herniation/spinal stenosis causing radiculopathy and/or myelopathy; surgeries for cervical, thoracic and lumbar traumatic conditions; complex reconstructive spine surgeries involving substraction osteotomy, pedicle screw fixation and posterior/anterior/lateral fusion for congenital, developmental and degenerative scoliosis, kyphosis and spondylolisthesis; revision surgeries for failed-back, non-union, mal-union and adjacent segments.

Practice Philosophy

Dr. Keem believes that thorough examination of the patient and communication with the patient and sometimes his/her family is essential.  Each patient has different expectations and risk-tolerance levels for available treatment options.  The doctor sees his role as empowering the patient with information, facilitating the decision making process and executing the decision that the patient ultimately makes, for optimal surgical outcome.

Teaching and Community Involvement

Spine surgical teaching/mission trip to Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya.  Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery symposiums and teaching at YonSei, Catholic and Asan University Centers, Seoul, South Korea.  Surgeon training for XLIF, AxiaLIF and TDR (Total Disc Replacement) procedures.  Certification of appreciation by 5th Ranger Training Battalion.

Professional Society Membership

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; North American Spine Society; Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery; Society of Lateral Access Surgeons; Association of Presacral Spine Surgeons; Korean American Spine Society; Rotary International Club.

Honors

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society; Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity

Personal Interests

Enjoys salmon fishing, kayaking, snowboarding, scuba diving and sport shooting.  Practices martial arts and meditation.  Would like to get better at golf and surfing.

Languages

English and Korean

Hospital Affiliations

Swedish Medical Center


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Accepting New Patients: Yes