Sean F. Bak, MD

Sean F. Bak, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine
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Sean Bak, MD has been a highly regarded, board certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Metro Detroit since 2005. After growing up in Northwest Detroit and Dearborn, he was recruited to Wayne State University as a baseball player. While injuries interrupted his baseball career, he went on to graduate from Wayne State University School of Medicine with high distinction and Alpha Omega Alpha academic honors.  He returned to his home state after getting extensive orthopedic experience at one of the highest-volume orthopedic residencies in the country and then completed the Charles Neer Fellowship at New York City’s Columbia University, regarded as the preeminent Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine fellowship in the world.

Dr. Bak is Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Ascension Providence Hospitals in Novi and Southfield.  He is board-certified in Orthopedic Surgery and subspecialty certified in Orthopedic Sports Medicine.  In addition to extensive experience with athletic injuries in all joints, his fellowship focused on acute and chronic injuries of the shoulder, elbow and knee.  Dr. Bak is one of only several surgeons in the state with formal training in complex shoulder reconstruction and sees patients from throughout Michigan and the Midwest with unusual shoulder dysfunction.  He has been recognized by his peers as a Top Doc in Hour Detroit Magazine multiple times.

He is the League Orthopedic Surgeon for the United Shore Professional Baseball League and has served as the Team Physician for Novi High School, Madonna University, Cleary University as well as an independent consultant for athletes from MLB and NFL.  He recognizes the stakes involved in returning these athletes to an elite level of performance as quickly as possible and uses both nonsurgical and surgical techniques where appropriate to help them achieve a full recovery. He has authored several book chapters on shoulder surgery and published multiple research articles on sports medicine in highly respected journals.  He also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and Orthopedics. He previously served as President of the Detroit Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chair of Orthopedics for St. John Providence Health System and on the Board of Novi Bone and Joint Surgery Center.  Additionally he has served in several leadership positions on the national level for Ascension Health.

His Areas of Expertise Include:

-Primary and Complex Shoulder Replacement including Reverse and Total Shoulder Arthroplasty
-Revision Shoulder Replacement Surgery
-Knee Ligament Repair and Reconstruction including ACL injuries
-Complex Shoulder instability
-Allograft reconstruction of the Shoulder
-Knee Arthroscopy including Meniscus and Cartilage repair
-Shoulder Arthroscopy including Labral and Rotator Cuff repair
-Treatment of Frozen Shoulder
-Rotator Cuff Repair and Reconstruction
-Tendon transfers for Shoulder Dysfunction
-Scapular Winging
-Elbow Ligament Reconstruction and Repair including Tommy John surgery
-Biceps tendon repair
-Patellar and Quadriceps tendon repair
-Elbow Arthroscopy
-Fracture Care
-Sports and Athletic Injuries



  • Wayne State University
  • Wayne State University School of Medicine


  • Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital


  • Kalamazoo Center For Medical Studies
  • Western Michigan University School of Medicine


Hospital Affiliations

  • Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital
  • Ascension Providence Hospital


  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Surgery


Sean F. Bak, MD offers services at multiple Michigan locations. Contact your preferred location to book an appointment.
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