Kenneth C. Thomas, MD | Orthopedic Physicians Alaska

Kenneth C. Thomas, MD

Dr. Ken Thomas is an ethical and patient-focused orthopedic surgeon specializing in treating complex orthopedic trauma, pediatric orthopedics, limb deformity, and infections. He is board-certified, fellowship-trained, and has been helping Alaskans since 2011.

As part of the OPA team, Dr. Thomas provides compassionate care for adult and pediatric patients with complex orthopedic trauma or congenital conditions. He is devoted to restoring his patients’ function and maximizing their quality of life.

He is committed to helping others both in Alaska around the world. Over the years, he’s done humanitarian work in Nigeria, as a limb deformity course instructor, and throughout Haiti with the Haiti Clubfoot Project, teaching and training other physicians on the Ponseti Method of clubfoot correction. He also returned to Haiti on a post-earthquake orthopedic trauma mission in 2010.

Dr. Thomas began his career as a carpenter in New Jersey. He earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He worked as a civil engineering designer but knew medicine was his true calling. So, he returned to carpentry with the long term goal of becoming a doctor.

While working on homes during the day, Dr. Thomas attended night school working towards his goal of being a doctor. The next step was attending medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He then went on to do an orthopedic surgery residency at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA, followed by a fellowship in orthopedic trauma surgery at the Reno Orthopedic Center in Reno, NV. Upon completion of his fellowship, he joined the orthopedic surgery department at Alaska Native Medical Center. There, he served as an orthopedic trauma surgeon in ANMC’s Level I trauma center.

Today when he’s not helping others at OPA, he enjoys spending time with his family, bicycling, woodworking, reading, and hiking around Alaska.


  • Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship (2011)
    Orthopedic Trauma Surgery, Reno Orthopaedic Clinic, Reno, NV
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency (2010)
    Hamot Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery Residency, Erie, PA
  • Medical Degree (2005)
    University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Denver, CO


  • Clinical Instructor (2019 - present)
    University of Washington School of Medicine Seattle, WA
  • Clinical Instructor (2017 - present)
    Pacific Northwest University School of Medicine Yakima, WA
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor (2012 - present) American College of Surgeons
  • Limb Deformity Course Instructor (July 2019)
    SIGN Fracture Care / Nigeria
    Lagos, Nigeria
  • MAXframe Course Instructor (2019)
    DePuy Synthes, Johnson & Johnson
    Dallas, TX
  • Product Development & Evaluation Consultant (Ongoing)
    DePuy Synthes, Johnson & Johnson
    Dallas, TX



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