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Hand, Wrist, Knee, Shoulder, Hip, Elbow, and Ankle

Dr. Richard Garner was born in Canada and grew up on Vancouver Island, B.C. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a double Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and zoology, enrolled in Johns Hopkins Medical School, and became a U.S. citizen at age 27.

While in residency in Louisville, he received a scholarship from the American Rheumatological Society, which allowed him to study for one year at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, England. There, he observed some of the earliest total joint surgeries as well as visiting Sir John Charnley in Birmingham, England.

Dr. Garner completed a one year hand surgery fellowship in Louisville at the Christine Kleinert Hand Institute and then spent from 1973 to 1976 in Vancouver, Washington as Chief of Orthopedics at the Barnes VA Hospital. He moved to Anchorage in 1976 to work at the Alaska Native Medical Center, and joined Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic in 1979. He has special interest in total joint reconstruction and surgery of the shoulder and knee.

Dr. Garner enjoys fitness, motorcycling, hunting, fishing, and traveling. He conducts orthopedic clinics in Seward and volunteers for Anchorage Project Access. In addition, he has attended orthopedic clinics in Nome and volunteered in Swaziland, Africa.

Dr. Garner has three children.


  • Shoulder, Arthroscopy, Arthritis, and Total Joint Reconstruction

Medical Degree

  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD


  • Type “O” Rotating Internship and Orthopedic Surgery Residency, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, KY


  • Arthritis & Arthritis Surgery including Joint Replacements, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford, England
  • Hand Surgery, Christine Kleinert Hand Surgery Institute, Louisville, KY


  • Alaska State Medical Association
  • Alaska State Orthopedic Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Anchorage Medical Society
  • Western Orthopedic Society
"I was so pleased with Dr. Garner and all of his associated staff during my visit. I was treated with kindness, respect and in no way did I feel like just another chart number. Everyone is so cheerful and eager to assist the patients. I was also surprised at how short a wait time there was once I arrived for my appointments. Please continue all of your great work ethics!" – Janine V. 
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