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 and sports medicine surgeon who specializes in a variety of advanced procedures including robotic arm-assisted partial knee, total knee, and hip replacements with emphasis on the latest rapid-recovery protocols to shorten recovery and minimize post-surgical pain. He performs a full spectrum of minimally invasive, arthroscopic knee and shoulder reconstructive procedures. He has also served as the Team Physician for the Anchorage Wolverines Hockey team, since its inception.

Dr Paynter is a Distinguished Graduate of the US Air Force Academy and completed medical School at the University of Iowa. He is an Air Force veteran who completed multiple overseas deployments, providing crucial and timely orthopedic care for US and Allied military personnel. He served as orthopedic and surgery chair at two separate Air Force Medical Centers, including Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

He is currently a flight surgeon responsible for the medical care for the Alaska Air National Guard Pararescue Jumpers ensuring comprehensive health care and human performance optimization to ensure continual rescue readiness for the State of Alaska. 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 the orthopedic chair and team physician for his high school alma mater.

When not helping athletes and active Alaskans reclaim their active lifestyles, Dr. Paynter enjoys spending time with family, 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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