Meet the Surgeons:
Sean D. Toomey, M.D., Webcast Surgeon
Dr. Sean Toomey is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in primary and revision hip and knee replacement. He practices at Orthopedic Physician Associates and is a Swedish-affiliated physician performing more than 300 hip and knee replacement procedures each year. He is actively involved in clinical research on alternative bearings for hip replacement surgery, and newer more innovative designs of knee replacement, including performing the first robotic assisted knee replacement in Seattle. Dr. Toomey has published research in peer-reviewed journals and has given lectures on joint replacement topics both nationally and internationally. Dr. Toomey is committed to using the best techniques available for patients today, while working to improve surgical options for patients in the future.
Dr. Toomey became interested in orthopedic surgery as he grew up watching his father, Dr. Hugh (Pete) Toomey, also a joint replacement specialist, interact with patients. Dr. Sean Toomey, formerly the Assistant Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Swedish Medical Center, was instrumental in contributing to the clinical and operational design of Swedish Orthopedic Institute. Dr. Toomey is an avid soccer player, and played collegiately for the University of Notre Dame. He now enjoys coaching his kids playing soccer, as well as teaching them to snow ski.
James P. Crutcher, Jr., M.D., Webcast Moderator
Dr. James Crutcher is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement surgery of the hip and knee. He has advanced training in surgery for arthritis of the hip and knee, including degenerative, traumatic, and congenital conditions. He is a Swedish-affiliated physician who has been in practice at Orthopedic Physician Associates since 1990. Dr. Crutcher performs more than 400 hip and knee replacement procedures each year. In his practice he uses up-to-date surgical techniques and biomaterials to restore the quality of life for patients who have arthritic conditions of the hip and knee.
Dr. Crutcher was Chief of the Department of Orthopedics at Swedish Medical Center from 2004-2008. During his tenure as chief, he helped develop the Swedish Orthopedic Institute. Dr. Crutcher is a native of Seattle who enjoys outdoor recreation in the Northwest, especially cycling, skiing, and hiking. He also enjoys music, travel, sports, and sharing all of these activities with his family.