Alaska Native Medical Center

Ear, Nose & Throat

Who We Are and Services Offered

The Mission of the ENT Department at the Alaska Native Medical Center is to provide the highest quality ENT care to our patients. We offer the full spectrum of ENT services ranging from cochlear implantation for deafness to state of the art treatment for head and neck cancers. Our staff includes surgeons with specialized training in neuro-otology, head and neck oncology, facial plastics and laryngology. We perform a large number of surgeries for chronic ear disease, and our surgeons are amongst the most experienced in the world in this clinical area.

We recently moved into a beautiful new office space at the Alaska Spine Institute, a 10 minute walk from the Medical Center. We work closely with our on-site Audiology department to offer truly integrated care. Later in 2015, we will open a four room outpatient surgery center in the same building. This will result in both improved accessed for surgical care as well as best in class experience for our Customer Owners.

We truly believe that a happy, motivated and caring staff results in a great care experience for our patients. We work hard to achieve that. If you are a physician, nurse or other health care worker, please contact us if you are interested in employment opportunities in our department. It won’t take you long to realize ANMC- ENT is a great place to work. If you are a patient, please give us a try. We’ll do our best not only to care for your ENT needs but also to make you glad you came to see us.

John Kokesh, MD
Chief, Otolaryngology
Alaska Native Medical Center

Clinic Hours and Contact Information

3801 University Lake Drive, second floor

Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: (907) 729-1400

Kokesh

John Kokesh, M.D.

Chief, Department of Otolaryngology

Phone: 907-729-1416
From: Seattle, Washington
Residency: University of Washington
Fellowship: University of Washington – Head and Neck Oncology
Clinical interests: chronic ear surgery, trauma, telemedicine, evidence based medicine
Extracurricular interests: Fly-fishing, cycling, hiking, skiing, gardening
Other: At ANMC for 20 years

Bryan Wachter, M.D.

From: St. Paul, MN
Undergraduate education: Northwestern University
Training: Residency – Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
Clinical Interests: chronic otitis media, middle ear surgery, pediatric ENT care, Eustachian tube disorders, reconstructive surgery, and hearing rehabilitation with surgical implants.
Extracurricular interests: fishing, golf, biking, cooking, skiing

J. David Andrews, M.D.

From: Chicago, IL
Training: Medical School – Rush Medical College
Residency: University of Chicago Medical Center, Illinois
Clinical interests: General otolaryngology
Extracurricular interests: Running, golf, private pilot

Robert Wiggins, M.D.

From: Albuquerque, NM
Undergraduate education: Tulane University
Medical School: University of New Mexico
Residency: Stanford University, California
Clinical interests: General otolaryngology, Facial plastic surgery, head and neck oncology
Extracurricular interests: Skiing, fly fishing, golf

Mark Brandt Lorenz, M.D.

From: Columbus, Ohio
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: The Ohio State University
Residency: University of Michigan
Fellowship: House Ear Clinic – Neurootology
Clinical interests: all forms of ear surgery, hearing loss, balance disorders, chronic sinus disease, general otolaryngology
Extracurricular interests: Hiking, skiing, piano, photography

Bhama

Prabhat K. Bhama, M.D., M.P.H.

From: Detroit, Michigan
College: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Medical School: University of Michigan
Residency: University of Washington, Seattle
Fellowship: Harvard Medical School – Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Clinical Interests: facial plastic surgery, rhinoplasty, facial nerve disorders, head and neck oncology, general otolaryngology
Extracurricular activities: Cycling, hiking, playing saxophone

Amalia R. Steinberg, M.D.

From: Henniker, New Hampshire and Santa Fe, New Mexico
College: Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, New York
Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Residency: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia
Clinical interests: chronic ear disease, Eagle’s Syndrome, nasolacrimal duct obstruction, thyroid disease
Extracurricular activities: skiing, hiking, nutrition, travel

Laura Shively, M.D.

Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School
Residency: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Otolaryngology
Clinical interests: General otolaryngology
Extracurricular activities: Yoga, hiking, cooking

Services Offered:

  • General otolaryngology:

    • Nosebleeds
    • Ear pain
    • Ear tubes
    • Hearing difficulties
    • Sinusitis
    • Tonsil and adenoid disease
    • Snoring
    • Sleep apnea
    • Salivary gland disorders
  • Pediatric otolaryngology:

    • Ear infections and ear tubes
    • Speech, swallowing, and language issues
    • Tonsil and adenoid disease
    • Sleep apnea
    • Snoring
    • Tumors
  • Otology:

    • Cholesteatoma
    • Draining ears
    • Ear infections
    • Hearing loss
    • Balance disorders
    • Cochlear implants
    • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Nasal and sinus conditions:

    • Difficulty breathing through the nose
    • Nasal deformities
    • Nosebleeds
    • Sinusitis
    • Allergies
    • Tumors
    • Issues with sense of smell or taste
  • Cancer:

    • Mouth or lip cancer
    • Throat cancer
    • Laryngeal (voice box) cancer
    • Thyroid cancer
    • Salivary gland cancer
  • Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery:

    • Brow lift
    • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
    • Microtia (ear reconstruction)
    • Skin cancer reconstruction
    • Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery)
    • Facial movement disorders
    • MOHS reconstruction

Physician Careers:

The Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) is an award winning, state-of-the-art, 150-bed facility that provides comprehensive medical services to Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Alaska. We provide the highest level of trauma care in Alaska and we are Alaska’s only Magnet-recognized facility for nursing excellence.

We also bring care closer to home for patients across our large state – ANMC providers are world leaders in telehealth and they often travel the state providing thousands of hours of service at field clinics across rural Alaska.

Our work in the Alaska Tribal Health System is complex, rewarding and critical to the health of thousands of families and individuals. If you are interested in joining our team of talented Otolaryngologists, please read our open positions and learn more about these special opportunities by contacting our physician recruitment team.

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