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Dr. Leslie 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 now focuses her practice exclusively on hand and wrist.

When Dr. Dean joined Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic in 1995, her skills and training offered many new services to Alaskans. Injuries that previously required emergency trips to the Lower 48 can now be treated locally. This includes re-plantation of severed fingers and even the reconstruction of functional hands through the creation of fingers from transplanted toes.

Dr. Dean is accomplished in microvascular reconstruction, which involves the reconnection of tiny nerves and blood vessels that can be seen only with the aid of a microscope. She treats numerous cases of hand and wrist trauma, hand deformities, carpal tunnel syndrome, and wrist pain. Dr. Dean is Past Department Chair of Orthopedics at Providence Alaska, Past President of Anchorage Medical Society, Secretary / Treasurer of the Alaska Orthopedic Society, Affiliate Professor / Team Physician for UAA, and Co-Chairman of the Alaska State Medical Review & Advisory Committee.

Dr. Dean is fond of hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and cross-country skiing. She enjoys the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and other performing groups. Dr. Dean and her husband cheer on UAA Seawolves teams. She is a long-suffering fan of the Chicago Cubs.


  • Hand and Wrist

Medical Degree

  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL


  • General and Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL


  • Hand Surgery, The Hand Center of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sub-specialty CAQ Hand Surgery


  • Alaska State Medical Society
  • Alaska State Orthopedic Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Anchorage Medical Society
  • Anchorage Orthopedic Society

Team Affiliation

  • Team Physician, University of Alaska, Anchorage