Faculty, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Seth K. Williams, MD

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Spine Medicine
Seth K. Williams, MD


Dr. Seth Williams specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, CT-navigated surgical techniques and complex cervical and lumbar spine surgery. He also treats extremity fractures as a member of UW Health's Trauma Surgery team.

If you have a spine condition and surgery has been recommended, and you wish to have Dr. Williams review your X-rays or MRI or CT images to determine if you may be a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, contact the Spine Clinic.

Languages spoken
  • English

Practice locations

    Education & credentials

    Board certifications
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    Medical School
    • University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA

    Spine Surgery, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL

    Pediatric Spine Deformity Surgery, Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, FL

    Orthopedic Trauma, Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

    Orthopedic Trauma, Ulleval University Hospital, Oslo, Norway

    • University of California San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA
    • University of California San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA


    Additional conditions and treatments
    • Adult Deformity (Scoliosis)
    • Anterior Cervical Discectomy
    • Cervical Laminoplasty
    • Complex Cervical Surgery
    • Complex Lumbar Surgery
    • Complex Thoracic Surgery
    • Degenerative Spine Disease
    • Diskectomy
    • Foraminal Stenosis
    • Herniated Disc
    • Kyphoplasty
    • Laminectomy
    • Lateral Interbody Fusion
    • Lateral Recess Stenosis
    • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
    • Myelopathy
    • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
    • Percutaneous Lumbopelvic Instrumentation
    • Percutaneous Pars Fracture Repair
    • Percutaneous Spinal Instrumentation and Fusion
    • Radiculopathy
    • Radiculopathy
    • Revision Spine Surgery
    • Spinal Fusion
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Spinal Tumors
    • Spine Disc Replacement (Arthroplasty)
    • Spine Fractures
    • Spine Trauma
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

    Research and publications

    Dr. Seth Williams' research interests include:

    * Minimally-invasive spinal surgery techniques in the treatment of spine trauma.
    * Percutaneous minimally-invasive lumbopelvic stabilization techniques in the treatment of sacral fractures with spino-pelvic dissociation patterns.
    * Comparison of blood loss in minimally-invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion compared to conventional open surgical techniques.
    * Posterior lumbar interbody fusion rates using structural allograft bone and local autograft bone graft.
    * Minimally-invasive percutaneous and open techniques for iliac screw placement with CT confirmation.
    * Intraoperative fluoroscopic techniques to detect pedicle screw breech.
    * Biomechanical analysis of short-segment spinal fixation techniques in the treatment of thoracolumbar trauma.
    * Minimally-invasive stabilization in spine trauma, tumors, and infection.