Biography & Education

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.
Additional Information

Memberships: 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.

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.

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Spine Surgery
Education Background
Medical School The University of California, San Diego
Residency Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Fellowship Lakewood Orthopedic Clinic/St. Anthony Hospital/The Children�s Hospital/Craig Hospital, Denver, Colorado.
  • English
  • Korean
Professional Associations
Cancer institute, Spine Program, Orthopedic Institute, Orthopedic-Musculoskeletal Cancer, Spine Surgery
Personal Interests
Enjoys salmon fishing, kayaking, snowboarding, scuba diving and sport shooting. Practices martial arts and meditation.

Care Locations

The Polyclinic Madison Center
904 7th Ave
Seattle 98104
Fax 206-860-4431
Monday through Friday; 8:30AM to 5:00PM


  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Spine Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Pain
  • Spine
  • Spine Surgery
  • Vertebroplasty