Stewart M. Kerr, MD

Neck & Spine Surgeon

Neck & Spine Surgery, Joint Replacement
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Virtual Visits Available
  • Available within 1-3 Days


Stewart M. Kerr, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a clinical focus primarily on comprehensive neck and spine surgery, fracture repair and joint replacement.

Dr. Kerr’s practice philosophy is to treat all patients as if they are family members. He strives for superior elective surgery results by optimizing all controllable factors prior to operating, when possible. Dr. Kerr enjoys providing evidence-based, multi-disciplinary care; his strategy includes careful listening and thoughtful explanations for both surgical and non-surgical options so patients may choose treatments that best fit their individual health goals.

Dr. Kerr graduated from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland adjacent to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, Navy Medicine’s most active teaching hospital. Dr. Kerr’s advanced training includes two fellowships. He graduated from the combined Neurosurgery / Orthopedic Spine Surgery Fellowship at the prestigious Rothman Institute in Philadelphia under the tutelage of global leaders in spinal surgery. He later completed an Orthopedic Fracture and Trauma Reconstruction Fellowship at UCSF (Fresno), the busiest Level 1 Trauma Injury Center in California.

A decorated U.S. Navy combat veteran, Dr. Kerr has extensive wartime field surgery and tertiary medical center experience. He regularly deployed overseas as team surgeon for the elite military Rangers, Delta Force and SEAL Team 6 serving in both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Before attending medical school, Dr. Kerr worked for eight years as a Navy SEAL, after graduating with BUD/S Class #136. Dr. Kerr has served as co-director of the Comprehensive Spine Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, and was academic teaching faculty for orthopedic surgery residents at the Naval Medical Centers in Portsmouth and San Diego. He is AO Spine faculty and has published numerous papers, textbook chapters, and has lectured widely. He most recently practiced at the trauma center in Anchorage, Alaska.

A Seattle native, Dr. Kerr resides in the Belltown neighborhood with his wife Karen. They enjoy sharing free time together outdoors skiing, camping, and scuba diving.

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Specializing in:

  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Comprehensive fracture care
  • Fusion of the spine
  • Hip replacement
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement
  • Neck and spine procedures
  • Spine injections
  • Total joint replacement
  • Trauma and minor fracure care


5350 Tallman Avenue Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98107-3932

(206) 784-0676


2409 N. 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103-6907

(206) 633-6107



Program: MD
Institution: Uniformed Services University

Program: Residency
Institution: Naval Medical Center San Diego

Program: Fellowship in Combined Orthopaedic & Neurosurgical Spinal Surgery
Institution: The Rothman Institute

Program: Fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology
Institution: University of California-San Francisco

Program: Board Certified
Institution: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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