Stewart M. Kerr, MD is an experienced, board certified, fellowship-trained surgeon specializing both in comprehensive Spine Surgery (including neck/cervical) and Orthopaedic Fracture-Trauma Reconstruction. Dr. Kerr is highly trained; —he completed the Rothman Institute combined Neurosurgery/Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship in Philadelphia. He additionally completed an Orthopaedic Fracture Traumatology Fellowship at UCSF (Fresno) —the busiest Level 1 Trauma Center in California.
“I am highly interested in treating complex neck & spinal disorders, including cervical myelopathy, deformity, spine tumors and neck / back fractures. When appropriate, I do regularly offer minimally invasive spine surgical techniques and additionally perform cervical disk replacement as an alternative to neck fusion. I also am passionate with helping patients requiring fracture stabilization & reconstructive surgery”.
A decorated U.S. Navy Veteran, Dr. Kerr has both wartime field surgery and tertiary medical center surgical experiences. He regularly deployed overseas to care for combat-injured troops in the Afghanistan & Iraq wars. He additionally provided services for the Persian Gulf and Somalia conflicts of the 1990s. Before attending medical school, Dr. Kerr worked for 8 years as a Navy SEAL Diver (Naval Special Warfare) after matriculating and graduating with BUD/S Class #136. Previous work experience includes attending Orthopaedic Spine & Trauma Surgeon at Confluence Health in Washington State; he was co-director of the Portsmouth Comprehensive Spine Center in Virginia, and academic teaching faculty for orthopaedic residents at Naval Medical Centers in Portsmouth & San Diego. He is AO Spine faculty and has published numerous papers, textbook chapters and has lectured internationally. Dr. Kerr volunteers with the National Ski Patrol and Internationally as a Consulting Diving-Hyperbaric Medical Officer with Divers Alert Network. He additionally is active with area Military Veteran’s Organizations.
Doctor Kerr is a passionate educator and health wellness coach; —”I strive for superior treatment outcomes and hope my patients realize I aim to care for them as if they’re family”. He enjoys discussing (evidence-based) management options so that patients may choose treatments that best fit with their individual health goals & needs… When time and schedules allow, Stewart, his wife Karen, and their two sons enjoy the outdoors. They embrace a physically active lifestyle with skiing, scuba diving, wildlife photography, backpacking and adventure travel. Please contact Dr. Kerr at our office should you desire a prompt and thoughtful evaluation for your Spine care & Musculoskeletal needs.
Uniformed Services University 1998
Naval Medical Center San Diego 1999
Naval Medical Center San Diego 2006
Rothman Institute 2007
University of California San Francisco 2017
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery