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Thomas B. Curtis, MD
Thomas B. Curtis, MD
Would recommend provider
 
4.8 out of 5 stars

94 Patient Ratings
47 Comments

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Departments
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Spine Clinic
Neuroscience Institute

Clinic, Maps and Directions
Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center

Phone

Hospital & Seattle Medical Center  (206) 223-6746

Specialties
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neuromuscular Disorders

Board Certifications
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
Subspecialty in Pain Medicine

Joined Virginia Mason - January 1988

Patient Ratings
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Would recommend provider
 
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
 
4.9 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
 
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
 
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider's effort to include me in decisions
 
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider's explanation of condition or problem
 
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
 
4.8 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
 
4.8 out of 5 stars

Patient Comments
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August 2017
I was not informed about the side effects of the medication prescribed. When I home after getting the medication and read some of the side effects I decided not to take it. Fortunately, so far, I have not needed it. Other than that I was very pleased with the care I received.

July 2017
He was very good listening to me. Though during the visit his cell phone kept interupting our visit. Though one call he did receive was bad news.

July 2017
Dr Curtis is wonderful and a great doctor

July 2017
Dr. Curtis was extremely thorough and educated me about my care and various options I could consider. He was one of the best physicians I´ve had in terms of showing concern and discussing my case.

July 2017
Dr.Curtis is an awesome doctor & person he has helped me through the last 20 years with my back problems.

July 2017
I have not had even 1 bad experience with Dr. Curtis. He answers all of my questions and I feel that he genuinely cares about my health. I would not be working if it was not for him.

June 2017
Dr. Curtis is a very compassionate provider who never makes you feel rushed.

June 2017
Dr. Curtis along with my outstanding physician Dr. Naiman have my fullest confidence and appreciation.

May 2017
Dr Curtis was outstanding in the thoroughness of investigating my condition, making sure he had all information available (he left the room for a bit to call Harborview for CT scan results!), and interacting with me and my husband to explain his findings. I unfortunately have a very complicated situation and was dealing with level 10 pain. Further, I can attest that Dr Curtis is a people person. My husband comments that he is very knowledgeable and uses a process to come to a logical conclusion (something my husband as a software developer is in a great position to recognize and appreciate). Virginia Mason is very lucky to have Dr Curtis!

May 2017
After seeing many tens of Specialists, PAC´s, Pharm Phd´s, etc. Dr Curtis is one of very few I trust my healthcare with at VM. If not predominately him, and Dr Frechette, I would have left my entire lifetime healthcare spent at VM and left quickly for another medical institution.

May 2017
I really like Dr. Curtis. This was my 2nd visit with him. The only draw back is he is long winded and the visits have been over an hour each. Being as I am just getting to know him I am sure the visits will shorten over time.

May 2017
Great doc for over 10 years.

April 2017
Dr. Curtis was awesome! He took a lot of time going over my complicated history and was excellent! I would recommend him to all my friends and family!

April 2017
Dr. Curtis is possibly my favorite doctor. He understands me and my concerns, very helpful, but is stern when need-be. No retiring Dr. Curtis. (He promises he won´t!)

April 2017
I have referred others to Dr. Curtis because he cares. Plain & simple - you are not just a number on a chart.

March 2017
Dr Curtis is the best Dr in my opinion for what I see him for and has helped me with other problems he has found

March 2017
Ten years of total confidence in Dr. Curtis and his staff.

March 2017
Doctor Curtis has been the best helping me since the car wreck that left me with having to have neck surgery and that was going to leave me worse off than I am now. We have had been working it out with pain medications now cutting off the pain medication working with me on this. He has been great. I have passed his name to people who have back problems.

March 2017
My appointments with Dr. Curtis have always been excellent. I never feel rushed and he really listens to my concern. I have recommended him to others.

March 2017
Dr Curtis is the BEST!!!!!

January 2017
Dr. Curtis is by far the best physician I have had the pleasure of seeing at VM. He takes more than enough time to explain everything to me and makes each visit a please. I could not recommend him highly enough. I consider him to be the best doctor I have ever seen and I thank him for his understanding and kindness.

November 2016
Dr. Curtis does a thorough assessment. PT Nurse was impressed with his report and will recommend him to clients as well.

October 2016
Dr. Curtis is one of my hero´s in life. He´s stuck with me for 15 years after 3 severe complications of 3 major lower back surgeries at Virginia Mason. I´m much worse off than I was before the first surgery 20 years ago and the good Doctor has stuck by my side to keep me out of pain as much as possible.

October 2016
Dr. Curtis & Kita both explain everything to me in detail.

September 2016
Dr. Curtis is amazing!!

September 2016
Dr. Curtis & Roberta were terrific!

September 2016
Dr. Curtis shows concern about my overall health. He looks at my past and current records as well as all the medications I´m taking (prescribed and over-the-counter). He considers any potential long-term effects that the combination of all my medications will/could possibly have on my health, now and in the future. When appropriate he advises that I check with my other prescribing physicians about his observations and concerns. I feel very safe under his care.

August 2016
This is why I do V.M.

August 2016
Dr. Curtis and staff are amazing in the compassion they show, as well as the expertise in pain management. I would highly recommend Virginia Mason.

August 2016
Dr. Curtis: Dr. Curtis is such a wonderful doctor, he´s been my doctor for over seven years.

August 2016
I´m always very happy with the care provided by Dr. Curtis! I think he is one of the best!!

August 2016
Dr. Curtis is one of the nicest doctors I´ve ever gone too. He listens & explains everything to me. He doesn´t rush me out the door like all other doctors do to make a "quota"! Thank you Dr. Curtis!

July 2016
Best doctor and truly cares for his patient´s best interest.

July 2016
I have recommended 3 people to Dr. Curtis. He has saved my life - and this is not an exaggeration.

June 2016
Dr. Curtis is probably the best doctor I have ever been to. He is not only a great doctor but he cares about you as a person. He listens to everything and cares about your quality of life. Last year when my son died he couldn´t have been more caring. He is a great dr. & person!

May 2016
Dr. Curtis is very thoughtful. #4. No decision made at this point.

May 2016
Tom Curtis is by far the most competent, caring, understanding and friendly physician I have ever had the privilege to see. My trust in him is absolute.

May 2016
Dr. Curtis did not pay any attention to the pain I was in or the prior things I told him had been done, or where my pain was, most of the time was spent discussing studies that had nothing to do with my current situation.

March 2016
I received courteous and professional care.

February 2016
I actually pay extra with my insurance to stay with Virginia Mason and specifically Dr. Curtis

February 2016
I always recommend Dr Curtis I almost hate to because he is so good at what he does. It´s hard to find a Dr that listens and is thorough

February 2016
Dr Curtis is an excellent doctor

January 2016
He was the most thorough medical professional I had ever met. His sense of humor made the visit less worrisome.

January 2016
Excellent doctor!!

January 2016
Dr. Curtis is a one of a kind Dr. He definitely wants to know if there is any way in which he can help you more than he is doing. Another words he makes you feel like he personally cares for your well being.

January 2016
I have recommended 2 friends and several family members to Dr. Curtis. He is the BEST.

January 2016
Dr. Curtis is a top notch caring provider.

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Special Interest(s)
Preventive care, exercises to delay the natural aging process, chronic pain management, musculoskeletal medicine, and spine and back pain

Education
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1979

Internship
Naval Regional Medical Center, Oakland, California, 1980

Residency
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, 1987

On Patients
"It is not enough that quality care is delivered. Patients must also perceive that the care they receive is quality."

On Specialty
"The most important thing for a person’s happiness is not the integrity of his or her back or joints, etc., but rather the person’s perception of well-being. It feels good when I can deliver peace of mind."

On Virginia Mason
"Virginia Mason has provided the highest quality care for decades and now finds itself struggling in competition with larger medical institutions that deliver care less expensively. Our challenge is to maintain high quality at decreased cost."

Professional Activities and Awards
Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Voted one of Seattle’s Top Doctors by Seattle Met magazine in 2010.

Curriculum Vitae
Thomas B. Curtis, MD - Curriculum Vitae