Sean M. Wells, MD, FACS

  • General Surgery
Accepting New Patients
1801 NW Market St.
Ballard Professional Building, Suite 207
Seattle, WA 98107
1221 Madison St.
Arnold Pavilion, Suite 1401 and 1411
Seattle, WA 98104
3400 California Ave. SW
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98116

General Information

In my practice, I try to uphold the ideals of a doctor/patient relationship by providing the best medical care possible and always making the interests of the patients my highest priority.
  • General Surgery
Education Background
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency: Swedish Medical Center, WA
  • English
Personal Interests
I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, professional sports and traveling to unique destinations.



When a mole is more than a mole

February 12, 2014
As a general surgeon, I am often asked to evaluate a patient with an abnormal mole (pigmented nevus) or one that has been biopsied, revealing a premalignant or malignant growth.  It is not uncommon for the patient to tell me they either were totally unaware of the lesion or dismissed changes in the lesion over time. 

All skin cancers are not alike, and melanoma, a malignant cancer of pigmented skin cells (melanocytes), is by far the most dangerous of the group, accounting for over 75% of skin cancer deaths in the United States.  This amounts to about 48,000 melanoma related deaths world wide per year. 

Found early, when the lesion is superficial and small, cure rates are high, but as the cancer progresses, it invades deeper into the skin, and becomes far more likely to spread far from where it started.  It is for this reason that  ...

What To Expect When You Are Going To Have Surgery

May 11, 2013

If you are reading this, and the thought of having an operation is a little daunting, it may be helpful to arm yourself with some useful information. For most folks, the mere idea of undergoing a surgery can be a stressful and confusing time. Many people are still recovering from the surprise that their condition requires an operation, and are unprepared and overwhelmed with the amount of information they are given in anticipation of the procedure. Below is a brief and simplified summary of some of the things you may be told and are expected to understand. Because every surgery is a little different in regard to indications, expectations, risks, and recovery, the guide below should serve as a road map to help you navigate the process.

Most surgeons use the terms preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative to describe the various stages involved, and we will break these down to make understanding them a little easier.



Are you ready for surgery?

May 01, 2013

For most folks, the idea of undergoing an operation can be a stressful and confusing time. If the thought of having a surgery is a little daunting, it may be helpful to arm yourself with some useful information.

Before any operation, you should have the opportunity to talk with your surgeon. This consultation should include an explanation of why you need a surgery, what other options are available, and what the surgery and recovery entail. All operations have risks and complications and you should learn about them as part of the decision making process.

It is often necessary to perform certain tests or studies prior to your surgery. These are for your benefit so that your surgeon has as much information about you and your situation as possible. Surgeons do not like surprises.

Make sure to follow your preoperative instructions. This is your side of the bargain after you have decided to have surgery. Following directions about medications, fasting (not eating), and other prepa...

Clinical Experience

  • General Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • Breast Aspiration
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Disorders
  • Breast Pathology
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder)
  • Cholecystectomy (Laproscopic)
  • Colitis Surgery
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colorectal Conditions
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Crohn's Disease
  • da Vinci (Robot-Assisted Surgery)
  • Diverticulitis
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Gall Bladder Surgery
  • Gallstone Disorders
  • Gallstone Dx
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Gastroscopy
  • Hernia (Laparoscopic)
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hernia Repair/Outpatient
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Liver Surgery
  • Liver Surgery (Laparoscopic)
  • Melanoma
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Pancreatic Cancer TX
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Surgeons
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Ulcerative Colitis


Patient Ratings and Comments

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.3 out of 5 (33 Ratings, 6 Comments)


Care provider gave me excellent care.

I was frustrated when I went in, but Dr. Wells explained everything to me so that I could easily understand why he was doing what he was.

Doctor dismissed my concerns, was unaware of the side effects of the drugs he prescribed & laughed at me for believing them, was not forthcoming with answers to my questions, was quite RUDE & rushed thru the appt.

Very good!

I am most pleased with the staff's efforts to assure I was well cared for. I could not have asked for a more congenial or professional group to assure my care environment and professional needs.

My experience with Dr. Wells was exceptional. He is decisive, knowledgeable, and compassionate. His care and treatment made a scary experience manageable. I came out of the surgery feeling better than I have in several years.
1801 NW Market St.
Ballard Professional Building, Suite 207
Seattle, WA 98107
1221 Madison St.
Arnold Pavilion, Suite 1401 and 1411
Seattle, WA 98104
3400 California Ave. SW
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98116
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