Sean Bak, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon
Sports Medicine Specialist

Sean Bak, MD has practiced in Metro Detroit since 2005. Having spent his childhood in the City of Detroit, 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 was elected Medical Staff President at Ascension Providence Hospitals in Novi and Southfield in 2021. 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 the Midwest’s most experienced surgeons in complex shoulder/elbow reconstruction and sees patients from throughout Michigan and the Great Lakes region with unusual shoulder dysfunction.

He is the Team Physician for Novi High School and the United Shore Professional Baseball League 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 and elbow 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 and Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. In 2014, he completed a rigorous 9-month program in Healthcare Management at Harvard Business School.  He previously held positions 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 Dr. Bak travels several times a year teaching pioneering surgical techniques in Shoulder/Elbow to other orthopedic surgeons.

Areas of Expertise Include:

  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction and Repair including Tommy John surgery
  • 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
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • 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
  • Biceps tendon repair
  • Patellar and Quadriceps tendon repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Sports and Athletic Injuries


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-Former member of the Teamsters Labor Union
-Believes Top Gun should win Best Picture every single year
-Favorite Baseball player: Rickey Henderson