Who We Are
Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) is a group of orthopedic surgeons and other providers committed to delivering world-class care in a friendly, patient-centered environment.
The OPA "care team" model of service helps patients enjoy the personalized attention and a family feel of a small practice...with all the conveniences, advanced technologies and cost-saving advantages of a large group practice. The group includes:
- Orthopedic Surgeons
- Physician Assistants
- Physical Therapists & Occupational Therapists
- Athletic Trainers
- Support Staff (medical assistants, surgery schedulers, etc.)
To provide the finest orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal care in North America, offering general and specialized adult care to all Alaskans and visitors.
Our Core Values
- Quality Care
- Service Excellence
- Continuous Improvement
- Personal Fulfillment
- Community Service
- Employee Fitness
- Environmental Consciousness
1966: Ed Voke, MD Founds Practice
Renowned spine surgeon Edward M. Voke, M.D. founded the practice in 1966 after practicing for two years with the Public Health Service in Alaska and after completing his surgical residency in Ohio. In those days, there were only 3 orthopedic surgeons practicing in the Anchorage area. His medical-surgical expertise and good humor have improved the quality of life for thousands of grateful Alaskans.
2001: Group Practice Expands
In 2001, Dr. Voke transitioned control and leadership of the practice to his colleague and friend Robert J. Hall, M.D. — a young, highly regarded orthopedic surgeon from Iowa who had been living and practicing in Alaska for several years. The name Orthopedic Physicians Anchorage is adopted.
Within a short time, Hall and Voke recruit several other talented surgeons with complimenting surgical interests and expertise. These included James M. Eule, M.D., a fellowship trained spine surgeon from Colorado; Eugene M. Chang, M.D., a fellowship trained foot and ankle surgeon from Anchorage; William J. Mills, M.D. former associate professor at the University of Washington Medical School (also from Anchorage); Marc J. Kornmesser, M.D. a fellowship trained hand and upper extremity surgeon from Detroit; and Christopher J. Manion, M.D., former Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Alaska Native Medical Center.
2008: Alaska's First Orthopedic Walk-in Clinic
OPA opened Alaska’s first orthopedic injury walk-in clinic in 2008. The clinic helps injured patients save time and money and receive direct access to orthopedic specialists. With the clinic’s success, OPA hired additional orthopedic-trained, certified physician assistants and today offers walk-in hours 7 days a week — and remains Alaska’s only orthopedic injury walk-in clinic that is open every day.
2008: OPA Athletic Trainers Begin Covering High School Teams, Free of Charge
OPA hired certified athletic trainer Lynne Young, ATC, MEd. and donated her services to the Anchorage School District and other community sporting events. Soon OPA expanded the athletic training staff to a team of six full time trainers, led by Ms. Young, all dedicated to serving Anchorage and Mat-Su school districts.
2010 - 2014: More Providers Join
Mark E. Flanum, M.D., fellowship trained in both spine surgery and sports medicine, joined the OPA spine team in 2010. A year later, Tim Kavanaugh, M.D., one of Alaska’s most well-known orthopedic hip and joint replacement surgeons and founder of Alaska Bone & Joint Institute, joined OPA. In 2014, renowned Anchorage sports medicine specialists Eli Powell, MD and Jeff Moore, MD joined the OPA team. The two had co-founded Alaska Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine and together serve as head team physicians for both the Alaska Aces (until the team disbanded in 2017), the Great Alaska Shootout and the University of Alaska Anchorage athletic programs.
2015: Company Incorporates "Alaska" Into Name
In anticipation of its expansion into the Mat-Su Valley, OPA updates its name to Orthopedic Physicians Alaska.
2015: OPA Opens in Mat-Su Valley
Drs. Deryk Anderson and Tucker Drury join OPA and begin seeing patients at the OPA Wasilla office. Several months later, the team opens an extended hours orthopedic injury walk-in clinic there.
2015: Onsite Surgery & Recovery Services Open at Anchorage Location
Two state-of-the-art centers open onsite to enhance patient surgical outcomes, convenience and cost-efficiencies. Alpine Surgery Center is an ambulatory surgery center specializing in orthopedic and pain treatment procedures. Alpenglow to help residents discharged from Alpine Surgery Center recover in comfort, prepare for post-op life at home, and launch their post-op exercise programs under the guidance of OPA physical therapists next door.
2016: OrthoAlaska LLC Created; Patient Cost of Care Lowered
Orthopedic Physicians Alsaka (OPA) and Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic (AFOC) integrated to leverage their collective medical expertise, managerial capabilities, technology and other resources to reduce costs and further develop and improve patient care and value.
2017: Preferred Provider Contracts Finalized, Rheumatology Expands
Both OPA and AFOC divisions of OrthoAlaska became preferred in-network providers for Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, CIGNA, and
First Choice Health; OPA also becamedirect contracted providers for of Public Education Health Trust (PEHT) members and their
enrolled dependents. Also in 2017, Dr. Summer Engler joins the OPA rheumatology team. She is fellowship trained and treats a variety
of rheumatologic conditions, with a special interest in autoimmune diseases affecting musculoskeletal system including lupus and scleroderma.