Dr. Leslie Dean retires after 23 years of practice in Anchorage

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As of June 1, 2018, Leslie P. Dean, M.D., hand and wrist surgeon at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic, has retied from practice after providing orthopedic care to area residents for over two decades. 

Dr. Dean joined Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic in 1995, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge, skill and training to offer many new services to Alaskans for injuries and conditions that had previously required emergency trips to the lower 48. In Alaska, she was one of the first female hand surgeons and the first to perform a toe-to-thumb reconstruction.

“For the past 23 years, I’ve had the pleasure of treating countless patients from Anchorage and the surrounding areas as well as serving in the privileged positions of affiliate professor and team physician for the University of Alaska Anchorage,” Dr. Dean says. “Contributing to the recovery of every single one of my patients by helping them regain function and return to fully participating in life has been a tremendous honor.” 

Dr. Dean grew up near Chicago and received her medical training at The University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. Following her complete course of training as an orthopedic surgeon, she trained an additional 12 months in a hand surgery fellowship. She is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and subspecialty-certified in hand surgery through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition to serving in multiple capacities for the University of Alaska Anchorage, Dr. Dean is a former department chair of orthopedics at Providence Alaska, past president of Anchorage Medical Society as well as secretary and treasurer of the Alaska Orthopedic Society and co-chairman of the Alaska State Medical Review & Advisory Committee.

Upon Dr. Dean’s departure, her patients will be left in the highly capable hands of her Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic colleague, fellowship-trained hand surgeon Dr. Kurt Mentzer, who will be available to continue serving patients with the same exceptional hand and wrist care. 

For more information regarding Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic or to schedule an appointment, please call 907-563-3145