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Selecting a Spinal Surgeon

The decision to undergo spinal surgery requires very careful consideration and planning. Therefore, it is important to select the best spinal surgeon in Portland, OR for the job. There are many factors that you must consider when selecting a spinal surgeon, such as specialities, training and credentials, and patient testimonials. It is only natural that you want the best person for the job, so doing your homework is key.

Dr. Keenen of Pacific Spine Specialists in the Portland, OR area checks all of these boxes and more. Below are 3 reasons why Dr. Keenen is a strong choice when selecting a spinal surgeon.

1. Long List of Specialities

Dr. Keenen has a long list of surgical and preventative specialities. He is an expert on surgeries as well as minimally invasive procedures in the following areas:

  • Cervical
  • Lumbar
  • Thoracic

Dr. Keenen also is an expert on the following conditions:

  • Herniated Cervical Disc
  • Cervical Stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Lumbar Disc
  • Lumbar Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoporosis

A full list of surgical procedures can be found here.  

2. Training and Credentials

Dr. Keenen is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and has an expansive list of recognitions, awards, publications, and leadership roles. His education is as follows:

  • Bachelor Science: Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Phi Beta Kappa. Magna cum Laude
  • Medical Degree: St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis MO
  • Surgical Internship: U.S. Naval Medical Center, Oakland, CA
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: U.S. Naval Medical Center, Oakland, CA
  • Spine Fellowship: University of California, Davis (Daniel Benson, M.D.)

Dr. Keenen has over 20 years of experience as a deformity surgeon, performing thousands of simple to highly complex spine surgeries. He also taught for 8 years on the faculty at Oregon Health Sciences University. Today, he is committed to ensuring Portland, OR patients receive the proper diagnosis and the most effective surgery to achieve optimal function and pain relief. A complete list of his qualifications can be found here.

3. Patient Testimonials

A patient referral is the highest form of a compliment. When a doctor or service provider comes highly recommended, you know they must be good at what they do, Dr. Keenen is one of the most highly recommended spinal surgeons in the Portland, OR area. Don’t just take our word for it, click here to read testimonials from his patients.

Learn More

Choosing the right spinal surgeon doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Dr. Keenen at Pacific Spine Specialists is knowledgeable, qualified, and comes highly recommended. Read our Commonly Asked Questions to learn more about Pacific Spine Specialists or schedule a complimentary MRI review by calling (503) 885-9391.