Board-Certified General Surgery
Fellowship-Trained in Surgical Oncology and Cancer Biology
Charles Portera, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon with more than 20 years of experience in the surgical removal of cancer. He is fellowship-trained in surgical oncology and cancer biology — the highest level of medical training in the U.S.
Dr. Portera spent most of his medical career in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he was referred patients with cancerous and noncancerous tumors. Dr. Portera received his undergraduate degree and medical degree from the University of Tennessee. He completed his fellowship in surgical oncology and cancer biology at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the top cancer referral centers in the world. This training makes Dr. Portera well qualified to deal with the surgical removal of cancerous and noncancerous tumors.
Dr. Portera has done more than 10,000 successful cancer surgeries over his career.
In light of a busy surgical practice, Dr. Portera at age 49 had a true calling and desire to live and work in one of his favorite places in the world-Alaska. He is excited about being able to share his professional expertise and passion for cancer care with Alaskans.
Dr. Portera relocated to Anchorage, Alaska in 2014 with his wife Melissa of over 20 years of marriage, and their three children Carol Ann, Mary, and Luke.
Dr. Portera looks forward to being a part of the Alaska medical community, and welcomes other physicians to contact him directly for referral of surgical oncology patients, or to confer with him on surgical oncology cases that they may have in their practice.
Dr. Portera is a professional member of the American College of Surgeons (Fellow), Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Chattanooga Regional Oncology Association, Southeastern Surgical Congress, Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Tennessee Medical Association, and Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Society. Dr. Charles Portera’s honors and awards include Outstanding Teacher in Surgical Rotation, Resident of the Year, and he presented in the Gold Medal Forum Section of the 64th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Surgical Conference.
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