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Sean Keem

Dr. Sean Kyong-Ho Keem, MD

General SurgeonGeneral Orthopedics
Virtual Visit Available


Dr. Keem believes that the best treatment for a spinal ailment is non-surgical. If a pathology does dictate surgical treatment, he insists only the absolute necessary intervention should be offered to a patient to minimize the tissue trauma. While minimally invasive spine surgery may be technically demanding to perform, he asserts that it is the surgeon’s duty to keep up with the most advanced surgical techniques for optimal surgical outcome. He enjoys salmon fishing. He has been married since college and has two grown children who live in Southern California.


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Provides follow-up as needed
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Dr. Keem's Rating
Patient Perspective
3.5 Explains conditions and treatments
4.5 Takes time to answer my questions
5.0 Provides follow-up as needed
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601 Broadway Suite 600, Seattle, WA, 98122
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4.0 Office cleanliness
3.0 Courteous staff
3.0 Scheduling flexibility
601 Broadway Suite 600
Seattle, WA, 98122
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"Would not recommend. He spent the minimal amount of time with me on my visit and diagnosed me with something that was not the actual issue. He did not spend more than 10 minutes with me and was dismissive and seemed to want to be done and send me to the next person in his office. Certainly not worth the $500 he charged on top of the x-ray costs. Had he actually spent some time I would not have had to have another visit to a colleague and maybe received the correct diagnosis and have received treatment by now. "
  • March 12, 2024
"Dr. Keem performed a failed C5-C6 artificial disc replacement surgery on me, and I received negligent post-op care from his office. He left town for a lecture very soon after my surgery and I started having post-surgical complications right away. (I hope he wasn't speaking on how to care for your patients post-surgery, or how to perform a successful artificial disc replacement.) My disc ended up migrating, and I have ongoing issues with the alignment of my spine. These concerns were not addressed in a timely fashion due to Dr. Keem's absence. Even since then, he has been evasive, inattentive, and inadequate. I'm living with intense daily pain and need at least one more surgery - I'll be going to the Mayo Clinic this time - to attempt to fix what he's done. If you're considering a surgery with Dr. Keem, please, please do your research on him, and maybe consider someone else. There are better options in Seattle. For my detailed story, please check my reviews for him on Yelp and ...
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  • December 23, 2021
"Did a superb job I can’t ask for a better surgeon and this is why I traveled from Olympia to Seattle because that’s where the best is that and he is the best I just wanna say thank you very much Dr Sean K Keem MD I am in your debt you sought in a few hours what everybody else can do you at 4 1/2 years and that’s from the deep bottom of my heart thank you thank you thank you and a special thank you too Jenni Owley CMA Your assistant she is a remarkable person and help me out deeply and I thought I was alone you need to give her a raise or buy her lunch or dinner or something you could always count on her and so could I!!!! And I will not forget your PAs they were extra helpful to you thank you very much Dr.James C Linhoff PA-C and Dr Escalera, Miguel A, PA-C You guys are exceptionally nice to meet you at very helpful and knowledgeable skilled people it might say PA-C Next to your title but your doctors in my mind thank you very much for your help and making me feel comfortable when I thought ...
there was something seriously wrong with me. I know I’m a very complicated person with a lot of special digestive issues and mental issues and you guys handled it superb I can’t say enough I’ll be bragging about you guys for years thank you Taylor whole team and everybody to polyclinic and first hill surgical center oh and don’t let me forget to ask the geologist you’re one hell of a guy too Dr. Craig J.JohnstonThank you for making sure that I stayed alive through the whole procedure I know it sounds kind of cynical but your bad ass too!!! Thanks again for everything you guys did you guys truly gave me my life back now I can spend quality time as a grandfather as a father as a husband as a brother and a most important as me thank you!!! "
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  • February 20, 2020


601 Broadway Suite 600
Seattle, WA, 98122
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Medicaid Accepted
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Medicaid Accepted


  • General Surgeon
  • General Orthopedics


Medical School
University of California San Diego School of Medicine
Graduated 1994


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  • Aetna Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Aetna PPO
  • Amerigroup - Medicare Advantage
  • Choice /Humana PPO
  • Cigna PPO
  • Community Health Plan of Washington (WA Apple Health)
  • Coordinated care (WA Apple Health)
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  • Health Net - TriCare
  • Humana Medicare Advantage
  • International Community Health Services Pace Program
  • Kaiser Foundation
  • Medicare
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  • Multiplan PPO
  • Premera Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Providence Health Plan
  • Providence Health Plan - Medicaid
  • Providence Health Plan - Medicare Advantage
  • Regence BlueShield of Washington
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  • United Healthcare Medicare Advantage
  • United HealthCare PPO
  • WellCare


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