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Harborview Medical Center
Harborview Medical Center is one of the nation’s leading hospitals and the only Level I adult and pediatric trauma and burn center serving Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. The medical center offers highly specialized services such as trauma and burn care, as well as neurosurgery, eye care, vascular, rehabilitation, sleep medicine and spine care. Harborview received the 2007 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service in recognition of the important role Harborview plays in delivering high-quality health care throughout the community. In addition, U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of 'America’s Best Hospitals' ranked Harborview among the nation’s top three hospitals in rehabilitation care and among the top 20 in neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and geriatrics.
Christopher J. Standaert, MD is the Principal Investigator for the LESS randomized controlled trial at the University of Washington. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Neurological Surgery, and Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington. He practices at the UW Medicine Sports and Spine Physicians clinic at Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Standaert specializes in non-operative spine and musculoskeletal care, sports medicine, and electro diagnostic medicine. Dr. Standaert received his bachelors and Medical degrees from Harvard University and completed his residency at the University of Washington in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.