We're proud to feature some of Alaska's leading orthopedic surgeons and pain treatment specialists on our medical staff. Each have met stringent credentialing and privileging criteria and offer patients a wealth of experience and expertise. To learn more about your physician, click on their name below:
Owen Ala, MD
Dr. Ala is fellowship trained in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery and has extensive training in wrist, elbow, and shoulder arthroscopy. Dr. Ala earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of New Mexico, where he also served as chief resident, and ompleted his Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. His experience includes extensive training in hand and digit replantation and participated in one of the few hand transplant programs in the world.
Among his numerous papers and presentations, Dr. Ala co-authored “Stick Dominance Versus Hand Dominance in Youth Hockey,” presented in San Francisco. He has also written a number of book chapters on wrist surgery and lectured on a number of topics, including pediatric elbow fracture treatment, sports injuries of the hand and wrist, and radial head fracture operative and non-operative management.
Eugene Chang, MD
Dr. Eugene M. Chang ranks as one of Alaska’s foremost foot and ankle surgeons. As one of the handful of surgeons United States with experience in total ankle replacement surgery, Dr. Chang performs complex foot reconstruction, ligament and bone reconstruction, as well as arthroscopic evaluation of the ankle and treats more common foot ailments such as bunions.
Dr. Chang’s training includes a fellowship in ankle/foot surgery and sports medicine at the Institute for Bone and Joint Disorders. He previously served as Chair of the Providence Department of Orthopedics. He is an active member of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Anchorage Orthopedic Society.
James Eule, MD
Dr. James Eule’s expertise is non-operative and operative treatment of complex cervical and lumbar spine problems and surgical treatments for acute and chronic conditions. He performs minimally invasive procedures and artificial disc replacement of the cervical and lumbar spine.
Dr. Eule has extensive training in scoliosis and is the only spine surgeon in Alaska who is a member of the prestigious Scoliosis Research Society (SRS).ﾠAfter earning his medical degree and orthopedic residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Dr. Eule completed his spine fellowship at a combined program at the University of Colorado/Woodridge Spine Center.
Mark Flanum, MD
Dr. Flanum is a recognized leader in the treatment of disk herniation, spinal deformity, fractures and spinal stenosis as well as shoulder, hip and knee pain. Dr. Flanum was the first surgeon in Alaska to perform the minimally invasive IO Flex lumbar decompression. He provides treatment for the full range of conditions of the spine as well as sports medicine, joint replacement and fracture care.
Dr. Flanum’s training includes board certification in orthopedic surgery and fellowships in both spine surgery andﾠsports medicine. His served as chief resident of the orthopedic surgery program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
R.J. Hall, MD
Dr. Hall has earned a reputation in the Alaskan medical community as a leading authority in joint treatment. His areas of specialization include total joint replacement for the hip, knee and shoulder.
Dr. Hall graduated in the top 15% of his class at the University of Iowa School of Medicine. Following his residency at San Francisco Orthopedic Residency Training Center, Dr. Hall served as a staff surgeon at the Alaska Native Medical Center orthopedic department until 1999.
Tim Kavanaugh, MD
Dr. Tim Kavanaugh is one of Alaska's leading hip and knee surgeons and performs some 200 hip replacements each year. He offers the newer anterior approach technique, which has proven to be less painful and enable quicker patient recovery with minimal or no post-surgery restrictions. Dr. Kavanaugh’s experience, board certification and fellowship training have combined to make him an authority on primary and revision hip and knee replacement.
After graduating from Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, IL, Dr. Kavanaugh completed his orthopedic residency training at Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, OH. He received fellowship training in total joint replacement at the New Mexico Center for Joint Replacement Surgery in Albuquerque, NM. He has practiced orthopedic surgery since 2002.
Marc Kornmesser, MD
Dr. Kornmesser is one of Alaska's leading hand surgeons. He is fellowship-trained and brings a high level of expertise to treating his patients with hand and wrist, elbow and upper extremity conditions. Dr. Kornmesser earned his medical degree at the University of Colorado, where he achieved an Academic Excellence Award with honors in a variety of subspecialties. After graduating, he served a Hand Surgery Fellowship at the Curtis National Hand Center, Union Memorial Hospital.
An accomplished Ironman triathlete and outdoor adventurer himself, Dr. Kornmesser enjoys helping other athletes, adventurers and entire families stay healthy and active.
Chris Manion, MD
Dr. Christopher J. Manion is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He has extensive professional experience treating shoulder injuries including rotator cuff tears,ﾠlabral tears, biceps injuries, shoulder dislocations, and shoulder impingement. He also treats many knee conditions, including ACL tears, meniscal tears and chondral injuries. Additionally, Dr. Manion practices general orthopedics, treating surgical and non-surgical fracture patients, and performing hand/wrist surgeries.
Dr. Manion earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver in 1998. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency through the University of Colorado Health Science Center. ﾠHe previously he held the position of Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at AMMC.
Jeff Moore, MD
Dr. Jeffrey Moore has board certification in both orthopedic sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. He has treated athletes at all levels of competition for decades.ﾠHe is recognized for his expertise in diagnosing and treating sports injuries. His areas of specialization include shoulder and knee arthroscopic surgeries and adult reconstructive procedures such as shoulder, hip and knee replacements.
Dr. Moore earned his undergraduate degree at the United States Air Force Academy. He completed his medical degree at the University of Southern California, and served his residency at the University of Nebraska/Creighton University School of Medicine.ﾠAfter his residency, Dr. Moore entered the Air Force serving as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Air Force bases both in the Lower 48 and Alaska.
Dr. Moore currently serves as the Alaska delegate for the National Council of American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). He is also past president of medical staff at Alaska Regional Hospital.
Eli Powell, MD
Dr. Eli Powell has board certification in both orthopedic surgery and orthopedic sports medicine. He has decades of experience treating professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes.ﾠHe specializes in shoulder, hip and knee arthroscopic surgeries, ACL reconstructions, adult reconstructive procedures such as shoulder, knee, and hip replacements, and general orthopedic treatments, trauma, fracture care, and surgeries.
Dr. Powell earned his medical degree from the University of Florida. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Washington.ﾠHe had numerous assignments as a military orthopedic surgeon both in the US and overseas. His military trauma surgery experience earned him a Bronze Star.
Dr. Powell published several articles in peer-reviewed journals. He also participated on the editorial board of Current Sports Medicine Reports, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. He was recently inducted into the prestigious American Orthopedic Association (AOA); the only practicing Alaskan Orthopedic Surgeon selected for membership.
Greg Schweiger, MD
Dr. Schweiger is board certified and fellowship trained in orthopedic trauma surgery. Dr. Schweiger practicesﾠgeneral orthopedics with an emphasis on sports medicine and knee and hipﾠarthroscopy —ﾠincluding the treatment of Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI). He possessesﾠexpertise in complex fracture care, as well as pelvic acetabular, and post-traumatic reconstructions.
After attaining his M.D. from the University of Southern California Medical School, Dr. Schweiger served both a general surgery internship and an orthopedic surgery residency at Ohio State University. He then went on to complete his Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Michael Gevaert, MD
Dr. Michel Gevaert was born in Belgium and earned his medical doctorate at the University of Leuven in Belgium. He completed an internship at the University Of Pennsylvania Medical School. Upon completion of his residency at the University of Pennsylvania of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, he continued his advanced training with a fellowship in Electromyography and later in spine rehabilitation. He was assistant professor at the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Gevaert is specialized in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of back pain and neck pain. He published several articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic medicine, the International Spinal Injection society and many others.
In addition to English, he speaks French, Dutch and Spanish.
Shawn Johnston, MD
Dr. Shawn Johnston was raised in Michigan, attending high school in Kingsford. He received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan and his Medical Doctorate from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Johnston went on to complete his residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from the Mayo Clinic in 1999. He then moved to Alaska and began practicing as a specialty physician at Alaska Spine Institute. He is board certified in Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Dr. Johnston specializes in sports medicine, pain management, electrodiagnostic studies including EMG and nerve conduction studies as well as epidural and facet joint injections.
He lives with his wife and children in Anchorage and is a proud University of Michigan football fan. He enjoys sports, fishing and traveling with his family.
Larry Levine, MD
Dr. Larry Levine is a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised in Anchorage and graduating from West High School. He attended the University of Nevada where he received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and his Medical Doctorate from their School of Medicine. Dr. Levine completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Ohio State University Hospitals and became the Chief Resident the following year. He returned to Alaska in 1995 and began practicing at Alaska Spine Institute, becoming the Medical Director in 2004. Dr. Levine is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Pain Medicine. He is also a Certified Independent Medical Examiner. He specializes in minimally invasive spinal care procedures.
Dr. Levine is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Adjunct Professor at the University of Alaska and guest lecturer for the WWAMI and Medex PA programs. He lives with his family in Anchorage and is an avid outdoorsman, competing in both the Iron Dog and Arctic Man snowmachine races.
Erik Olson, DO
Dr. Erik Olson grew up in Wisconsin, graduating from Lakeland High School in Minocqua. He received his bachelors of science in Biomedical Science from the University of Wisconsin and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville Missouri. Dr. Olson’s interest in musculoskeletal pain management and interventional physiatry led him back to the University of Wisconsin, where he completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Olson has been with Alaska Spine Institute since 2012 and specializes in neuromusculoskeletal medicine, interventional procedures and EMG (Electromyography). When he is not at work you can find Dr. Olson enjoying time with his wife and children in the great Alaskan outdoors. He enjoys hunting, fishing, mountain biking and traveling.
Joseph Seelig, MD
Alpine Surgery Center Medical Director
Dr. Joseph Christian Seeling, II is our medical director and lead anesthesiologist. He earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and completed both his internship and residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He is board certified in anesthesia.
Owen Ala, MD*
Eugene Chang, MD*
James Eule, MD*
Mark Flanum, MD*
R.J. Hall, MD*
Tim Kavanaugh, MD*
Marc Kornmesser, MD*
Chris Manion, MD*
Jeff Moore, MD*
Eli Powell, MD*
Greg Schweiger, MD*
Michael Gevaert, MD*
Shawn Johnston, MD*
Larry Levine, MD*
Erik Olson, DO*
Joseph Seelig, MD*
William Pease, MD
Brion Beerle, MD
Russell Biggs, MD
Alpine Surgery Center
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