Alaska Surgical Oncology

Alaska Surgical Oncology specializes in the assessment, treatment and surgical removal of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors and abnormal growths.

The surgical oncology practice of Dr. Charles Portera also specializes in the assessment and treatment of all types of breast cancer with a focus on preserving the cosmetic appearance of the female breast, while maximizing overall survival and quality of life. Our specialty practice uses the most modern minimally invasive surgical techniques to remove abnormal masses and tumors, so many patients can have a quicker recovery and get back to their normal lives.

Charles Portera, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon with more than 20 years of experience in the surgical removal of cancers. 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 tumor diagnoses. 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, which is 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 non-cancerous tumors.

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, AK with his wife Melissa of over 20 years of marriage, and their three children Carol Ann, Mary, and Luke.

Dr. Portera is on staff at Providence Alaska Medical Center and Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage, as well as Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. Dr. Portera’s goal is to provide the most advanced surgical oncology care for Alaska residents.

At Alaska Surgical Oncology, our goal is to provide Alaskans, who have been diagnosed with cancerous or noncancerous tumors, the expertise of a board-certified general surgeon and fellowship trained surgical oncologist, who has done more than 10,000 successful cancer surgeries over his career.

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.

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