CERTIFICATIONS & EDUCATION

Clinical Focus:

Simple and complex surgical care of the spine

General orthopedic fracture management

Fellowship Training:

Combined Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Spine Fellowship in Complex Spine Surgery, University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Residency:

University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Medical Degree:

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Hospital Affiliation:

Valley Medical Center, Covington

Valley Medical Center, Renton

Professional Association:

Candidate, American Academy Orthopedic Surgeons

AO Spine North America

Recent Publications and Presentations:

Aminian A, Howe CR, Sangeorzan BJ, Benirschke S, Nork SE, Barei DP. Ipsilateral talar and calcaneus fractures: A retrospective review of complications and sequelae. Injury. 2009;40:139-145.

Howe C, Huber P, Wolf FM, Matsen F. Differential suture loading in an experimental rotator cuff repair. Am J Sports Med. 2009;37(2):324-9.

Howe CR, Gardner GC, Kadel NJ. Perioperative medication management for the rheumatoid arthritis patient. JAAOS 2006; 14:544-551.

Howe C, Paschall C, Panwalkar A, Beal J, Potti A. A model for clinical estimation of perioperative hemorrhage. Clin Appl Thromb Hemost 2003;9(2):131-5.

Howe CR, Agel J, Lee MJ, Bransford RJ, Wagner TA, Bellabarba C, Chapman JR. The morbidity and mortality of fusions from the thoracic spine to the pelvis in the adult population. Spine (Accepted July 2010).

Howe C, Agel J, Bransford R, Bellabarba C, Chapman C. The effect of age and ASA classification on morbidity and mortality of long fusions extending from the thoracic spine to the pelvis. 7th Annual AOSNA Banff Fellows Forum. April 2009.

CHRISTOPHER R. HOWE, M.D.

Dr. Howe is board certified and a fellowship trained spine surgeon who specializes in a wide array of spine care ranging from degenerative conditions to spine trauma and metastatic disease. Dr. Howe's goal is to educate patients and allow them to make an informed decision about their care and treatment options. Away from orthopedics he enjoys spending time with his family as well as backcounty skiing, cycling, running and international travel.

He practices at POA's Renton and Covington locations.

Testimonials for Christopher R. Howe, M.D.

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I was referred to Dr. Howe by Dr. Wagner at the UW. I had been seeing Dr. Chapman at UW originally for several years because of my lower back issues. He wanted to do two surgeries a week a part fussing T7 thru S1. I would have lost 40%...

- Karen G.

I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Howe and his staff. I came to Dr. Howe after being told by two other surgeons that nothing was wrong with my back, and I just had a bulging disk and after injections, it would heal itself....

- Samantha

I had the pleasure of being a patient of Dr. Howe’s. Formerly in the Nursing/Surgical field 10+ years at Swedish and 10+ years in a Supervisory position, seeing the rapid change in healthcare, I was amazed by the kindness,...

- Christine R.