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


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.

2020 Top Doctor

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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Dr. Howe is very professional and personable with your care. I have referred many family and friends and will continue to do so.

- Wayne

I spent one year hardly able to walk. For three months I needed a cane to standup, it was then I knew I must try to find a solution. My doctor Toulouse suggested I see doctor Howe. Doctor Howe decided to do L4-5 STENOSIS and L4-5...

- Jewell

I had my back surgery 5 years ago I was in so much pain I could hardly walk. Dr. Howe did a surgery where he but rods and bolts in my back it took about a year to recover. I can now do everything I did before except skiing. Thank you,...

- Doug S.