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Meet Dr. Matthew Swenson

MATTHEW SWENSON

DR. MATTHEW SWENSON

Far North General Surgery & Surgical Oncology is pleased to welcome Dr. Matthew Swenson as its newest provider. Dr. Swenson is a Board-Certified General Surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He arrived in Anchorage in 2014 with the United States Air Force after completing his General Surgery Residency in Las Vegas, NV. Since then, he has traveled to many countries and performed surgery on our men and women in uniform throughout the world. In addition to his military duties, he has been active in the community, providing surgical care at local Anchorage hospitals and in Juneau, AK. After separating from the military as a Lieutenant Colonel, he now joins Far North Surgery as its newest physician. His focus includes hernia repair, gallbladder removal, pilonidal cyst treatment, anti-reflux procedures, colorectal procedures, and cancer operations.

Education

Dr. Swenson received his Bachelor of Science at Brigham Young University in Utah in 2005. He received his Doctor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Washington D.C. in 2009. He then completed his General Surgery Residency with the University of Nevada in Las Vegas in 2014.

Military Activities

Dr Swenson’s military career led him throughout the world caring for patients. Some highlights of this service include:

  • Caring for wounded service members in Landstuhl, Germany at the military’s only overseas level 1 trauma hospital.
  • Serving as the lead trauma surgeon for Presidential details in both Seward, Alaska and Manilla, Philippines (2015)
  • A deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Dr. Swenson was one of the first military surgeons to undergo Ground Surgical Team Training, functioning as the sole trauma surgeon in 6-person immediate-response surgical teams (2017)
  • Serving as an Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) instructor, where he taught emergency care to hundreds of health care personnel throughout Alaska

During his military career Dr. Swenson made an active effort to work outside the walls of JBER as well. Through his outreach efforts he was able to institute a joint surgical partnership between Elmendorf Hospital and the Alaska Native Medical Center. He frequently covered call in Juneau, Alaska prior to his deployment in 2017. He received staff privileges at Providence Hospital, Alaska Regional Hospital, and the Alaska Native Medical Center in 2017 and has continued to work in the local community ever since.

Far North Surgery is excited and eager to welcome Dr. Swenson. In addition to his extensive acute care surgery background, he brings a wealth of experience in minimally-invasive surgical techniques. These skills were critical in enabling active duty service members to return to full physical activity after they received surgical care, and will form the basis of his work with Far North Surgery.

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