Rajiv K. Sethi, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Health Services
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

About Rajiv K. Sethi, MD

Dr. Rajiv Sethi is a board certified Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon, Director of the Neuroscience Institute and Complex Spine Surgery and Spine Center of Excellence programs at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA. In addition, Dr. Sethi is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington.

Dr. Sethi received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. He completed an Internship in General Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery and Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency. At the University of California at San Francisco, CA, Dr. Sethi completed a fellowship in Complex Spinal Surgery/ Scoliosis and Deformity.

Dr. Sethi is actively involved in many medical societies including the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), SRS’s International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques (IMAST), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and North American Spine Society (NASS). Furthermore, Dr. Sethi is Associate Editor of the SRS’s journal, Spine Deformity.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

1. Hart R, Hermsmeyer JT, Sethi RK, Norvell DC. Quality and Quantity of Published Studies Evaluating Lumbar Fusion during the Past 10 Years: A Systematic Review. Global Spine J. 2015;5:207-18.

2. Sethi et al. 2005 and 2013 health survey of SRS member surgeons focusing on thyroid cancer and cataract prevalence – occupational radiation risk? Lancet. 2015, in press.

3. Pugel AE, Khor S, Shonnard N, Oskouian R, Sethi RK, Cizik AM, et al. Intra-wound antibiotics and infection in spine surgery: a report from the SCOAP-CERTAIN Collaborative. Surg Infect. 2015, in press.

4. Leveque JC, Sethi RK. Preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative standing lordosis after pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO): an analysis of radiographic parameters and surgical strategy. Spine Deform. 2015, in press.

5. Coe JD, Berven SH, Hey LA, DeWald C, Ames CP, Kuntz C, Lee JH, Mundis GM, Pellise F, Russo SS, Sethi RK, Cree AK, Deinlein DA, Fabris-Monterumici DA, Kasten MD, Daubs MD, Paonessa KJ. Adult spinal deformity: evidence-based options for treatment, including indications for surgery. Spine Deform. 2015, in press.

6. Sethi RK, Pong R, Leveque JC, et al. Derangement of the coagulation cascade in adult scoliosis surgery. J Neurosurg Spine. 2015, submitted for publication.

7. Sethi RK, Pong RP, Leveque JC, Dean TC, Olivar SJ, Rupp SM. The Seattle spine team approach to adult deformity surgery: a systems-based approach to perioperative care and subsequent reduction in perioperative complication rates. Spine Deform. 2014 March; 2(2): 95-103.

8. Sethi RK, Deviren V, Bradford DS, et al. Proximal junctional kyphosis and its relationship to cephalad level of fusion in adult deformity. J Ortho. 2011, 8(4) e 14.

9. Sethi RK, Harris MB. The initial assessment and management of the multiple trauma patient with an associated spine injury. Spine. 2006 May 15;31(11 Suppl):S9-15.

10. Kaufman A, Sethi RK, Rubash HE, Shanbhag AS. Macrophage response to cross-linked ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). New directions based on protein microarrays. Harvard Orthopaedic Journal. August 2006.

11. Sethi RK, Wood KB, Daley J, Herndon JH. Spinal arthroplasty: indications and early results. What will the future hold? Harvard Orthopaedic Journal. October 2005:113-115.

12. Sethi RK, Neavyn MJ, Rubash HE, et al. Inflammatory response to cross-linked ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). Journal of Biomaterials. 2003; 24:2561-2573.

13. Neavyn MJ, Sethi RK, Rubash HE, et al. Macrophage response to cross-linked ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. Harvard Orthopaedic Journal. July 2001:97-99.

14. Rosen CL, Adler JN, Rabban JT, Sethi RK, et al. Early predictors of myoglobinuria and acute renal failure following electrical injury. Journal of Emergency Medicine. 1999;17(5):783-789.

15. Kaplan GB, Leite-Morris KA, Sethi RK, et al. Regulation of G protein-mediated adenylyl cyclase in striatum and cortex of opiate-dependent and opiate withdrawing mice. Brain Research. 1998;788:104-110.

16. Fredenburg AM, Sethi RK, Allen DD, et al. The pharmacokinetics and blood-brain barrier permeation of the chelators 1,2 dimethyl-, and 1-[ethan-1’ol]-2-methyl-3-hydroxypyrdin-4 one in the rat. Journal of Toxicology. 1996;108:191-199.

Book Chapters

1. Lebl D, Sethi RK, Harris MB, Anderson, P. Clearing the Cervical Spine. Spine Trauma, 2011.

2. Sethi RK, Bradford DS, Metz L. The history of disc arthroplasty. Spinal Arthroplasty, 2008.

3. Sethi RK, Harris MB, and Wood K. Thoracic spine fractures: operative and nonoperative management. Surgical Management of Orthopaedic Trauma, 2006.

4. Sethi RK, Yeon H, and Harris MB. Spinal imaging in cervical trauma. Clearing the Cervical Spine, 2006.

5. Yeon H, Sethi RK, and Harris MB. Evaluation and early management of spinal injury in a polytrauma patient. Orthopaedic Trauma, 2006.

6. Sethi RK, Harris MB, Anderson P. Clearing the cervical spine. Current Controversies. Spine Trauma, 2006.

Articles Reviewed by Rajiv K. Sethi, MD

Effective Value-Based Initiatives for Complex Spine Surgery

Dr. Rajiv Sethi’s research lead to development of a spine safety improvement model that includes key factors needed at the individual, team, and organizational level to guide quality and safety improvement initiatives.

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