Iain Elliott, MD

Spine & Trauma Surgeon

Iain Elliott, MD

Spine & Trauma Surgeon

  • Specialties

    Spine, Trauma

  • Fellowships

    Orthopedic Spine Fellowship (2021) & Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship (2020); Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • Residency

    University of Utah Orthopaedic Surgery Residency (2019); Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Medical Degree

    University of Florida College of Medicine (2014)
    University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL


Dr. Iain Elliott is a surgeon who holds fellowships in both Orthopedic Spine and Trauma from Harborview Medical Center at the University of Washington. He earned his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine, where he was recognized with multiple honors and awards for his service and research.

Service is in Dr. Elliott’s blood. Prior to discovering medicine, he worked in Costa Rica as an engineer. He realized he wanted to work directly with people, not in front of a computer. His engineering mind naturally gravitated to orthopedics – focusing on the physics of human movement and structure – and he enrolled in medical school.

During his time there, he led service projects in Haiti and Peru, directed an equal access clinic on campus, and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery residency in Salt Lake City and did fellowships in both spine and trauma in Seattle.

Looking for a place he and his wife could raise their family “with friendly, open people who look out for each other” and access to the outdoors, they were excited to have the opportunity to settle in Alaska.

Today at OPA, Dr. Elliott is a vital member of the back, neck and spine team. He takes care of complex traumatic injuries including pelvis and acetabular fractures, as well as complete care of the spine. He is interested in pushing the envelope with minimally invasive techniques and seeking improved ways of treating spine pathology.

Outside of the medicine, he spends time with his young kids and looks forward to introducing them to the outdoor life – fishing, hiking, paddling, surfing, snowboarding, and exploring – “through experience and respect for the ocean and mountains.”

  • Undergraduate

    B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Emphasis (2006)
    University of Colorado at Boulder

  • Honors & Awards
    • Graduating Resident Teaching Award – University of Utah Orthopaedic Surgery | Sherman S. Coleman Grant 2014 – Analysis of Pelvic Tilt and Sagittal Balance During Gait; Iain Elliott MD, Ryan Spiker MD, Andrew Anderson PhD.
    • Morgan and Madison McClellan Research Fellow – The Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology at UCSF 2012-2013.
    • Distinguished Service Award – UF College of Medicine 2011.
    • International Distinguished Service Award – UF College of Medicine 2011.
    • Distinguished Service Award – UF College of Medicine 2010.
  • Professional Organizations/Activities
    • Chapman Honor Society Membership, Gold Humanism Honor Society, Inducted 2012
    • Alpha Omega Alpha Member, inducted 2013
    • Equal Access Clinic – Student Run Free Clinic: GCM Co-Director 2011 – 2013
    • Project Haiti: Project Leader 2010 – 2011
    • Peru Research Program: Leader of Research Team – March 2010 – August 2010
    • Engineers Without Borders (EWB), 2005-2006: Member of Rwanda Project, Secretary of the University of Colorado Chapter of EWB
  • Research - Peer Reviewed Articles

    Elliott IS, Rane AA, DeKeyser GJ, Kellam PJ, Dowdle PT, Safaee TM, Marchand LS, Haller JM. Venous Thromboembolism in Patients with Surgically Treated Ankle Fractures. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2021 Nov 10.

    Patterson JT, Campbell ST, Wallace SJ, Magnusson EA, Elliott IS, Mertz K, Benirschke SK. Triceps Surae Lengthening in Foot and Ankle Trauma: A Survey of OTA and AOFAS Members. Foot Ankle Orthop. 2022 Sep 30; 7(3).

    Patterson JT, Lack WD, Agel J, Toogood PA, Little MT, Haller JM, Firoozabadi R, Githens MF, Elliott IS, Bellabarba C, Kleweno CP. AP Pelvic radiograph is insufficient for diagnosis of U-type sacral fractures. Emerg Radiol. 2021 Jul 19.

    Jacobs R, Kleweno C, Wallace S, Elliott I, Patterson J, Agel J, Firoozabadi R. Validation of Relative Motion Measurement Method of Lateral Compression Pelvic Fractures During Examination Under Anesthesia. J Orthop Trauma 2021 Aug 1; 35(8) e289-e292

    Carlson V, Elliott IS, DeKeyser GJ, Pelt CE, Anderson LA, Gililland JM. Are We Being Fooled by Fluoroscopy? Distortion May Affect Limb Length Measurements in Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. Accepted for Publication Nov 12 2020.

    Morgan R, Elliot I, Banala V, Dy C, Harris B, Ouellette EA. Pain Relief after Surgical Decompression of the Brachial Plexus. J Brachial Plex Peripher Nerve Inj. 2020 Oct 16; 15(1): e22-e32.

    Wever, GS, Elliott IS, McCaul J, Workman M, Laubscher M, Dunn RN, Held M. Viewership Footprint for a Low-Resource, Student-Centered Collaborative Video Platform to Teach Orthopaedics in Southern Africa. The South African Medical Journal. 2020 June; 110(6): 532-536

    Marchand LS, Working ZM, Rane AA, Elliott IS, Gilbertson E, Rothberg DL, Higgins TF, Haller JM. Compartment Syndrome in Tibial Plateau Fractures: Do Previously Established Predictors Have External Validity? J Orthop Trauma. 2020 May; 34(5):238-243.

    Marchand LS, Working ZM, Rane AA, Elliott IS, Howenstein A, Haller JM, Rothberg DL, Higgins TF. Unstable Pelvic Ring Injuries: How Soon Can Patients Safely Bear Weight? J Orthop Trauma 2019 Feb;33(2): 71-77.

    Anderson LA, Bernthal NM, Haller JM, Higgins TF, Elliott IS, Anderson DR. Partnership in Ethiopia: University of Utah’s and UCLA’s Departments of Orthopaedics Collaboration with Soddo Christian Hospital in Ethiopia. J Orthop Trauma. 2018 Oct; 32 Suppl 7:S12-S15

    Working ZM, Elliot IS, Marchand LS, Jacobson LG, Stuart AR, Rothberg DL, Higgins TF, Kubiak EN. Predictors of Amputation in High-Energy Forefoot and Midfoot Injuries. Injury. 2017 Feb;48(2):536-541.

    Marchand LS, Working ZM, Williams JB, Elliott IS, Higgins TF, Rothberg DL, Kubiak EN. Posttraumatic Elbow Arthrofibrosis Incidence and Risk Factors: A Retrospective Review. Current Orthopaedic Practice, 2017 July/August; 28(4) 348-352.

    Elliott IS, Groen RS, Kamara TB, Ertl A, Cassidy LD, Kushner AL, Gosselin RA. The Burden of Musculoskeletal Disease in Sierra Leone. Clin. Orthop. Relat. Res. 2014.

    Elliott IS, Sonshine DB, Akhavan S, Slade Shantz A, Caldwell A, Slade Shantz J, Gosselin RA, Coughlin RR. What factors influence the production of orthopedic research in East Africa? A qualitative analysis of interviews. Clin. Orthop. Relat. Res. 2015;473:2120–2130.

    Elliott IS, Spiegel D, Gosselin RA, Trafton PG, Coughlin RR. Volunteer opportunities for orthopedic surgeons in the developing world. Instr Course Lect. 2014;63:495–503.

    Elliott IS, Spiker WR, Caputo AM, Darden BV. Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion Versus Cervical Disk Arthroplasty. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2015;28:309–312.

    Marmor M, Elliott IS, Marshall ST, Yacoubian SV, Yacoubian SV, Herfat ST. Biomechanical comparison of long, short, and extended-short nail construct for femoral intertrochanteric fractures. Injury. 2015;46:963–969.

    Roussos-Ross K, Reisfield G, Elliot I, Dalton S, Gold M; Opioid Use in pregnant women and the increase in neonatal abstinence syndrome: what is the cost? J Addict Med. May-Jun 2015; 9(3):222-5

    Matityahu A, Elliott IS, Marmor M, Caldwell A, Coughlin R, Gosselin RA. Time intervals in the treatment of fractured femurs as indicators of the quality of trauma systems. Bull. World Health Organ. 2014;92:40–50.


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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