Eli Powell, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Eli Powell, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

  • Specialty

    Sports Medicine
    Joint Replacement

  • Location

    Anchorage, Eagle River

  • Residency

    Orthopedic Surgery Residency
    University of Washington

  • Medical School

    Doctor of Medicine
    University of Florida


Dr. Eli Powell is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and sub-specialty board certified in Orthopedic Sports Medicine, with decades of experience treating professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes. Dr. Powell has previously served as the President of the Alaska State Medical Association and Past Chief of the Medical Staff at Providence Alaska Medical Center. He is also currently serving as Alaska’s Board of Councilor’s Representative to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Dr. Powell is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, earning his medical degree from the University of Florida, and completing his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of Washington.

He had numerous assignments as a military orthopedic surgeon both in the US and overseas. As Chief of Orthopedics at the Air Force Academy, Dr. Powell served as the Head Team Physician and Chief of Sports Medicine for the Falcon’s Division I NCAA football, hockey, and basketball teams from 1998 to 2004. While serving as the Chief of Surgery at Wilford Hall, the Air Force’s largest medical center in the world, he deployed to Balad Air Base in 2005 and served as the Commander of the largest theater hospital in Iraq, earning the Bronze Star for his service. He completed his military career as the Hospital Commander at Elmendorf Air Force Base where the hospital was selected twice as the outstanding hospital in the Air Force in 2008.

Dr. Powell has numerous publications in the orthopedic literature and was recently inducted into the prestigious American Orthopedic Association (AOA); he is the only practicing Alaskan orthopedic surgeon selected for membership. A physician for the US Men’s National Alpine Ski team, he was awarded the 2017 J. Leland Sosman award for outstanding medical coverage and service to the US Ski Team. He also supports our Alaska community by serving as head team physician for West High School and co-head team physician for UAA since 2008.

Dr. Powell is an avid outdoorsman and also competes in Olympic-distance Ironman triathlons throughout the year.

  • Special Interests
    • Sports Medicine
    • Arthroscopy of Shoulder, Hip & Knee
    • Shoulder Reconstruction
    • Knee Reconstruction
    • Hip, Knee, and Shoulder Replacement
    • General Orthopedics
    • Trauma and Fracture Care
  • Sample Procedures
    • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Reconstruction
    • Arthroscopic Knee Surgery for Meniscus Tears
    • Carpal Tunnel Treatment
    • Distal Radius Fracture Repair
    • Hip Arthroscopy and FAI treatment
    • Orthopedic Fracture Repair
    • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
    • Superior Capsular Reconstruction for Massive Rotator Cuff Tears
    • Total Hip Replacement
    • Total Knee Replacement
    • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Affiliations
    • Alaska Regional Hospital
    • Providence Alaska Medical Center
    • Alaska Surgery Center
    • Alpine Surgery Center
    • Creekside Surgery Center

Patient Testimonials

Dr. Powell was very concerned about my shoulder injury and how it affected my lifestyle. Once we determined that the recuperation from a major surgery might be worse at this time for me than my shoulder injury is we collectively determined to hold off on the surgery for 3-6 months and then reevaluate it. I appreciated Dr. Powell’s open and frank discussion of the pros and cons of surgery for me.

– Carl


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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