Thomas Paynter, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Thomas Paynter, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

  • Specialty

    Joint Replacement
    Sports Medicine

  • Location

    Anchorage, Eagle River

  • Residency

    Orthopedic Surgery
    Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC)

  • Medical School

    Medical Degree
    University of Iowa College of Medicine


Dr. Thomas Paynter is a joint-replacement specialist who is also skilled at complete restoration and reconstruction procedures. He performs a wide variety of procedures and takes time to thoroughly educate patients on their treatment options.

Dr. Paynter is a U.S. Air Force veteran and served several years at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson as an orthopedic surgeon and department chair. He is currently a flight surgeon overseeing the medical care for the Alaska Air National Guard Pararescue Jumpers. Before joining the OPA team, he worked as a private practice orthopedic surgeon in his hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he also served as an orthopedic chair and primary team physician for a local high school.

When not helping athletes and active Alaskans reclaim their active lifestyles, Dr. Paynter enjoys spending time with family, mountain and trail running, hunting, fishing and live music.

  • Special Interests
    • Computer-Assisted Total Joint Replacement (Hip & Knee)
    • Patient-Specific Reverse and Total Shoulder Arthroplasty
    • Partial Knee Replacement
    • Cartilage Repair
    • Ligament Reconstruction
    • Sports Medicine
    • General Orthopedics
  • Affiliations
    • Alpine Surgery Center
    • Alaska Regional Hospital
    • Providence Alaska Medical Center
    • Team Physician — Anchorage Wolverines
  • Sample Procedures
    • Biologic treatment with platelet-rich plasma
    • Computer-Assisted Joint Replacement
    • Arthroscopic Procedures including Ligament Reconstruction
    • Robotic-arm assisted joint replacements: total and partial knee, total hip
    • Operative and Non-operative Sports Medicine
    • Patient-specific anatomic and reverse total shoulder replacements

Patient Testimonials

I saw Dr. Paynter for a work related injury and he was fantastic!! He did a very thorough exam and gave me a few options for the next steps in the my diagnosing and healing process. I love that he involved me in this decision rather than tell me what he will do next. I’m so happy my coworker recommended him to me!

– Sarah


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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