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Stewart M. Kerr, M.D.
Board Certified & Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Surgeon Neck/Spine Surgery, Joint Replacements, Fracture Repair

Stewart M. Kerr, MD is an experienced, board certified, fellowship-trained surgeon specializing both in comprehensive Spine Surgery (including neck/cervical) and Orthopaedic Fracture-Trauma Reconstruction. Dr. Kerr is highly trained; —he completed the Rothman Institute combined Neurosurgery/Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship in Philadelphia. He additionally completed an Orthopaedic Fracture Traumatology Fellowship at UCSF (Fresno) —the busiest Level 1 Trauma Center in California.

“I am highly interested in treating complex neck & spinal disorders, including cervical myelopathy, deformity, spine tumors and neck / back fractures. When appropriate, I do regularly offer minimally invasive spine surgical techniques and additionally perform cervical disk replacement as an alternative to neck fusion. I also am passionate with helping patients requiring fracture stabilization & reconstructive surgery”.

A decorated U.S. Navy Veteran, Dr. Kerr has both wartime field surgery and tertiary medical center surgical experiences. He regularly deployed overseas to care for combat-injured troops in the Afghanistan & Iraq wars. He additionally provided services for the Persian Gulf and Somalia conflicts of the 1990s. Before attending medical school, Dr. Kerr worked for 8 years as a Navy SEAL Diver (Naval Special Warfare) after matriculating and graduating with BUD/S Class #136. Previous work experience includes attending Orthopaedic Spine & Trauma Surgeon in Anchorage AL and also at Confluence Health in Washington State; he was co-director of the Portsmouth Comprehensive Spine Center in Virginia, and academic teaching faculty for orthopaedic residents at Naval Medical Centers in Portsmouth & San Diego. He is AO Spine faculty and has published numerous papers, textbook chapters and has lectured internationally. Dr. Kerr volunteers with the National Ski Patrol and Internationally as a Consulting Diving-Hyperbaric Medical Officer with Divers Alert Network. He additionally is active with area Military Veteran’s Organizations.

Doctor Kerr is a passionate educator and health wellness coach; —”I strive for superior treatment outcomes and hope my patients realize I aim to care for them as if they’re family”. He enjoys discussing (evidence-based) management options so that patients may choose treatments that best fit with their individual health goals & needs… When time and schedules allow, Stewart, his wife Karen, and their two sons enjoy the outdoors. They embrace a physically active lifestyle with skiing, scuba diving, wildlife photography, backpacking and adventure travel. Please contact Dr. Kerr at our office should you desire a prompt and thoughtful evaluation for your Spine care & Musculoskeletal needs.

Medical School

  • Uniformed Services University


  • Naval Medical Center San Diego


  • Naval Medical Center San Diego


  • Rothman Institute


  • University of California San Francisco

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Orthopaedic Surgery


  • AK State Medical License
  • WA State Medical License
  • CA State Medical License
  • AL State Medical License

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification
    EpicCare Ambulatory EMR, Epic Systems Corporation
  • recognition: Best Practice Model, Portsmouth Multi-Disciplinary Spine Service
    U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)
  • Outstanding Educator Fellow Award
    Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Trends in Epidemiology and Management of Type II Odontoid Fractures; Twenty Year Experience at a Model System Spine Injury Tertiary Referral Center
    HE Smith, SM Kerr, MG Fehlings, J Chapman, M Maltenfort, J Zavlasky, E Harris, TJ Albert, J Harrop, AS Hilibrand, DG Anderson and AR Vaccaro, JSDT
  • Needle versus tube thoracostomy in a swine model of traumatic tension hemopneumothorax
    Holcomb JB, McManus JG, Kerr S, Pusateri AE, Prehosp Emerg Care
  • The Outcomes of Lumbar Microdiscectomy in a Young, Active Population (Correlation by Herniation Type and Level)
    C Dewing, MD; M Provencher, MD; R Riffenburgh, PhD; S Kerr, MD and R Manos, MD, Spine

Books/Book Chapters

  • Seminars in Spine Surgery
    Chapter: Update on Epidural Scar Prevention and Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks and Dural Repair

    RC Mendel, AP White, SM Kerr, TJ Albert, AR VaccaroElsevier
  • Op Tech Ortho
    Chapter: Adjacent Level Degeneration in the Cervical Spine

    AP White, D Fassett, S Kerr, PG Whang, AS HilibrandElsevier
  • Seminars in Spine Surgery
    Chapter: Imaging Update on Cervical Spinal Trauma, Instability Screening, and Clearance

    AP White, S Kerr, RC Mendel, D HannallahElsevier


  • Mortality Associated with Injuries Sustained by Aircraft Accident Burn Survivors.
    AE Johnson, MD; SM Kerr, MD; AE Pusateri, PhD; RM Harris, MD; MJ Gillespie, MD; J Holcomb, MD, Journal of Trauma; US Army Institute of Surgical Research; American Burn Association 30th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • Early Complications of Surgical vs. Conservative Treatment of Isolated Type II Odontoid Fractures.
    Smith, HE; Kerr, SM; Albert, TJ; Harrop, JS; Hilibrand AS; Vaccaro AR, Cervical Spine Research Society
  • Effects of Wetsuits on Pulmonary Function Studies in Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL Trainees in the U S Navy.
    R Mahon, D Norton, S Krizek, S Kerr, Navy Environmental Health Symposium


  • Lateral Interbody Arthrodesis for Complex Spine Deformity.
    Seattle University of Washington, WA
  • Results From Active-Duty Low Back Pain Patients Provided Multi-Disciplinary Spine Care
  • Motion Sparing Technology in Spinal Surgery.


  • Stress Fracture Intervention in Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) Trainees
    Trone D and Kerr SM, US Navy SPECWARCEN publication
    Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA

Professional Memberships

  • North American Spine Society - NASS
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association - OTA
  • AO Spine
  • Washington State Medical Association
  • Rothman Orthopaedic Institute
  • The University of California
  • Navy Medicine
  • Veteran Owned Business
  • Ao Spine
  • Thomas Jefferson University East Falls Campus
  • Backbone Healthworks
Locations & Directions

2409 N 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

5350 Tallman Ave
NW Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98107