Christopher John Standaert M.D.

 Christopher  John Standaert M.D.


Dr. Standaert is a physiatrist (rehabilitation specialist) who provides non-operative care of spine, joint and other neuro-musculoskeletal injuries and…

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Patient Care Philosophy

I provide very patient-centered care for spine and neuro-musculoskeletal problems. I try very hard to identify the issues behind an individual's pain or injury and then help them understand this. I believe that knowledge is empowering, and I work with a wide range of other providers to help my patients regain or optimize their ability to pursue meaningful activities in their lives. What is important to my patients is most important to me, and I work with my patients to help them both be and stay well.

Personal Interests

I have a wonderful wife, two sons and a fun dog. I enjoy swimming, golf, and being active with my family.

Clinical Interests

Back pain, neck pain, sciatica, joint pain, adolescent sports injuries, adult sports injuries, nerve injuries, scoliosis, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis, shoulder pain and hip pain.

Research Interests

Spinal injections, health policy and spine care.


Harvard Medical SchoolMedical education1992
Pioneer Spine and Sports PhysiciansFellowshipSpine and sports medicine
St. Elizabeth's Medical CenterInternship
UW - Dept. of Rehabilitation MedicineResidencyPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation
UW - Dept. of Rehabilitation MedicineTeaching Appointment


Board Certifications

American Board of Physical Medicine & RehabPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation1997
Dr. Standaert is a physiatrist (rehabilitation specialist) who provides non-operative care of spine, joint and other neuro-musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. He is a UW clinical professor in rehabilitation medicine, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurological surgery.

Dr. Standaert graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. In college, he played varsity water polo and majored in biological anthropology. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at UW followed by a fellowship in spine and musculoskeletal care in Massachusetts. After about 10 years in private practice, he moved the UW full time in 2005 and works out of the UW Medicine Sports and Spine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center.

He has written numerous articles on non-operative care of the spine and the rehabilitation of spine and sports injuries. He is frequently lectures locally, nationally and internationally on the same topics.

Dr. Standaert has been involved in clinical research on spinal injections at UW. Dr. Standaert has served in multiple capacities for a number of medical societies, been on editorial boards for medical journals, served on advisory committees for the Department of Health and Human Services, and is a member of the Washington State Health Technology Clinical Committee.

His primary role at UW is providing patient care for adults and adolescents 5 days per week. He has been honored for his care, including listings on "Best Doctors" and Seattle Metropolitan Magazine's "Top Doctors".
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