Jeffrey R. Hartzell, PA-C, DMSc

Jeffrey R. Hartzell, PA-C, DMSc

  • Specialty

    Back | Neck | Spine

  • Location


  • Education

    Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc): Physician Assistant Medicine (2020)
    GPA 4.0
    University of Lynchburg
    Lynchburg, VA

    Master of Science: Physician Assistant Studies (2013)
    Bachelor of Science: Physician Assistant Studies (2012)
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Omaha, NE

    Master of Science: Health Sciences/International Health, Summa cum laude (2008)
    Touro University International
    Cypress, CA


Jeff Hartzell is a certified physician assistant with over a decade of experience treating – and leading – his fellow members of the United States Air Force at home and abroad, including many with chronic back pain. He’s also a teacher, mentor and leader in physician assistant development and has served in Germany, Guam, Turkey, and domestically (including at Elmendorf AFB).

Mr. Hartzell holds a Doctor of Medical Science degree (DMSc) and two master’s degrees: Physician Assistant Studies and Health Sciences/International Health. He also has three undergraduate degrees in the diagnostic medicine field, which set the foundation for his practice today that emphasizes the importance of accurate diagnosis to effective treatment plans.

Having been all around the world, he chose to practice in Alaska because “there’s no place like it” and enjoys the interconnectedness of the community.

Today at OPA, Mr. Hartzell focuses on the care and treatment of back, neck and spine issues – and treating all patients the way he’d want himself and his family to be treated, with the most up-to-date, evidence-based medicine. Several patients also appreciate his ability to speak Spanish.

Mr. Hartzell’s hobbies include spending time with family, hunting, fishing, whitewater rafting, scuba diving, and traveling to intriguing destinations across the globe.

  • Undergraduate Degrees

    Bachelor of Science: Advanced Radiologic Sciences (2006)
    Weber State University
    Ogden, UT

    Associate of Applied Science: Diagnostic Medical Sonography (2005)
    Community College of the Air Force
    Montgomery, AL

    Associate of Applied Science: Radiologic Technology (2003)
    Community College of the Air Force
    Montgomery, AL

  • Teaching and Mentoring
    • Instructor, Personnel Reliability Assurance Program (PRAP), Nuclear University
    • Instructor, Personnel Reliability Assurance Program (PRAP), U.S Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM)
    • Instructor, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), American Heart Association
    • Instructor, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), American Heart Association
    • Mentored and taught potential physician assistant students prior to application.
  • Professional Associations
    • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
    • Society of Air Force Physician Assistants
    • Alaska Academy of Physician Assistants


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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