Rich Ellis, PA-C

Rich Ellis, PA-C

  • Specialty

    General Orthopedics

  • Location


  • Education

    Master of Science, Physician Assistant
    Harding University


Mr. Ellis brings an extensive background in patient care, public health, and research to the OPA team. He earned his bachelor of science in biology from the University of Central Arkansas and began providing medical care as an EMT/paramedic for Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services, providing emergency advanced life support care over a three-county area covering rural and urban environments.

As an intervention specialist and Director of the Arkansas Chronic Illness Collaborative, Mr. Ellis gained experience in public health. He was responsible for increasing the number of family practice clinics in Arkansas and identifying underserved medical populations within the state. Mr. Ellis continued his public health work in drug intervention studies before graduating from Harding University, Arkansas as a physician assistant.

As a physician assistant-hospitalist, Mr. Ellis conducted pre-surgical history and physicals for orthopedic and neurosurgical patients and completed inpatient rounds on post-surgical patients. In the hospital emergency room, he managed and stabilized patients following trauma, including orthopedic conditions such as fractures, sprains, and dislocations. Mr. Ellis worked as a physician assistant in urgent care and in a walk-In clinic prior to joining OPA.

Mr. Ellis is very excited to partake in the outdoor opportunities that Alaska has to offer. He and his family love to hunt and fish and are anxious to explore the vast Alaska wilderness.

  • Special Interests
    • General Orthopedics
    • Trauma
    • Patient Education
  • Additional Education
    • Paramedic Certification Program
      University of Arkansas
    • Bachelor of Science in Biology
      University of Central Arkansas

Patient Testimonials

Dr. Ellison was very helpful in discussing my issues, and giving me all the options available to me at this time. I appreciate his candor and not pushing procedures.

– Kim


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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