Christopher R. Howe, M.D.


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 C, Khor S, Lavallee D, Cizik A, Bellabarba C, Hart R, Dagal A, Martz DR, Hospital and Surgeon Variation in Patient-reported Functional Outcomes After Lumbar Spine Fusion: A Statewide Evaluation December 2019

Howe C, Khor S, Lavallee D, Bellabarba C, Development and Validation of a Prediction Model for Pain and Functional Outcomes After Lumbar Spine Surgery, March 2018

Howe C, Agel J, Bransford R, Lee M, The Morbidity and Mortality of Fusions from the Thoracic Spine to the Pelvis in the Adult Population, Aug 2011

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.