Alan Swenson, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Alan Swenson, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

  • Specialty

    Hand | Wrist | Elbow

  • Location


  • Fellowship

    Hand and Microvascular Surgery (2018 - 2019)
    University of Cincinnati - Mary S. Stern Fellowship for Hand Surgery
    Cincinnati, OH

  • Residency

    Orthopedic Surgery Residency (2013 - 2017)
    University of Washington School of Medicine
    Seattle, WA

  • Medical School

    Doctorate of Medicine Degree:
    AOA Honors (2009-2013)
    University of Washington School of Medicine
    Seattle, WA


Alan Swenson, MD, is a fellowship-trained hand and microvascular surgeon. He pursued sub-specialization in hand and microvascular surgery for its complexity and the depth and breadth of the field. He says the best part of his job, though, “is getting people back to the lives and activities they love.”

Growing up in Anchorage, Dr. Swenson was a stand out at both Stellar Secondary School and the Alaska Pacific University Early Honors program. He earned his Eagle Scout and went on to study biology at Brigham Young University–Hawaii, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and later earned his doctorate of medicine, with AOA Honors, from the University of Washington.

After remaining at UW to complete an orthopedic surgery residency, he was selected to complete a surgical fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the University of Cincinnati. There he spent an entire year focusing solely on disorders of the hand and upper extremity under the renowned hand surgeon, Peter Stern. Since finishing his formal training, Dr. Swenson has continued his academic pursuits. He continues to be involved in cutting edge research at both the University of Cincinnati and the University of Washington, in an effort to further improve treatments for his patients.

Today Dr. Swenson is a vital member of the OPA hand specialty team with many publications, presentations and honors to his name. He says, “I am incredibly excited to be able to bring my education and training back to Alaska, and to provide care to my fellow Alaskans from all across the state.”

When not in the clinic helping others, he is probably out with his wife Heather, hiking, fishing, camping, surfing, reading, or spending time with family and friends.

    • Distal Radius Fractures
    • Hand and finger replantation
    • Complex traumatic hand/ extremity injuries
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Microvascular Surgery
    • Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • Arthritis and Joint-Related Pain
    • Tendonitis
    • Dupuytren’s Contracture
    • Wrist, Elbow, Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Pediatric Hand Surgery
    • Wrist arthroscopy
    • Sports injuries
    • Carpal Tunnel Release
    • Distal Radius Fracture Repair
    • Elbow Fracture Repair
    • Trigger Finger/Thumb Release
    • Joint Replacement
    • Wrist arthroscopy
    • Tendon Repair
    • Neurovascular Repair/Reconstruction
    • Providence Alaska Medical Center
    • Alaska Regional Hospital
    • Alaska Surgery Center
    • Alpine Surgery Center
    • Providence Seward
    • Creekside Surgery Center
    • 2012 AOA National Honor Society


The OPA team includes Alaska’s leading specialists and offers some of the latest, most advanced treatment procedures available today.

OPA treats a wide variety of conditions and offers comprehensive treatment options — including many non-surgical solutions, minimally invasive arthroscopies (repairs), and total joint replacement.

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