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What is your background?

I am an orthopedic surgeon trained at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.  I proceeded to work with multiple thought and opinion leaders for two years to learn additional expertise in shoulder surgery following completion of my residency.  This is unusual for most surgeons as they usually want to get into practice quickly, however, I wanted to become a true expert in difficult to treat problems and thought additional training would be the best route to accomplish this.  That led me to work with world renowned experts in France for one year, as well as another year in the USA.  For more information, my CV and back is located here.  That experience was well worth it, as I now have a unique set of skills that are largely unavailable on the west coast.

What is your treatment philosophy?

Having been on the other side of the chair as a patient, friend of a patient, and family member of a patient; I always try to tailor my practice to provide customer service and satisfaction, unquestionable expertise, and always provide my patients with however much time is necessary.

What is the easiest way to make an appointment?

You can either call The Polyclinic at 206-860-5578 for an appointment, or fill out the contact form and get in touch with our team.

Where are you located?

I have two offices that I split my time at.  I work at The Polyclinic Madison Center most days; on Tuesdays, half of Thursdays, and all day Fridays:

I am at The Polyclinic Northgate office on Thursday afternoons.

What are your hours?

My clinic days I am available from 7:30 am in the morning until 5:00 pm.  My goal is to be as available as possible for my patients.

Do you accept my insurance?

Dr. Schwartz accepts most major insurances, while not inclusive please see the list below, and if you do not see yours listed please follow up with the office at 206-860-5578.

Also, please be aware that although we participate with the insurance companies/networks listed below, we may not be covered under all plans or products they offer.

Plans covered:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Out of Area & Federal
  • Cigna
  • DSHS
  • First Choice
  • Great West
  • Labor and Industry
  • LifeWise
  • Medicare & Medicare Advantage
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Premera
  • Regence Blue Shield
  • Regence Uniform
  • United Healthcare
  • Workers’ Compensation Self Insured Plans
  • Workers’ Compensation Commercial Plans
  • Some Apple Care – Medicaid products
  • Tricare

Where do you perform your surgeries?

My surgeries are performed at First Hill Surgery Center at Swedish. Procedures requiring an overnight stay are performed at Swedish Orthopedic Institute, while outpatient surgeries are performed at the First Hill Surgery Center..

What problems do you take of?

I take care of most upper extremity issues – meaning shoulder and elbow problems.  In addition to sports medicine concerns, I also take care of fractures and arthritis in the shoulder and elbow.  For more information on common complaints that are treated, please click here.

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is an entire field of medicine dedicated to getting athletes back to doing what they love more quickly.  This dedicated page further explains what this means to my practice.

What different types of shoulder surgery do you do?

A short answer would be anything no matter the complexity, but more for more detailed information read here.

What different types of elbow surgery do you do?

A short answer would be anything no matter the complexity, but more for more detailed information read here.