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Pediatric Surgeon Dr. J. Brent Roaten Joins Medical Staff at Providence Alaska Medical Center


Alaska's children receive high-quality care
through access to pediatric specialists

Anchorage, AK - Pediatric surgeon J. Brent Roaten, MD, has joined the medical staff at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Dr. Roaten comes to Alaska from the East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn., where he was also affiliated with University of Tennessee as an assistant professor.

"Providence is pleased to welcome Dr. Roaten as a member of our medical staff," said Richard Mandsager, MD, chief executive of Providence Alaska Medical Center. "Providing pediatric specialists such as Dr. Roaten help us keep Alaska's children at home for high-quality medical care."

Dr. Roaten is one of only two pediatric surgeons in the state. He offers medical care through Pediatric Surgeons of Alaska, located on the Providence Alaska Medical Center campus and part of the Providence Physician Services Organization. He joins Stephen Jolley, MD, and Carol Van De Rostyne, ANP, in providing a broad range of surgical services to children throughout the state.

A major focus of Dr. Roaten's surgical practice to be continued at PAMC is minimally invasive surgery of the chest and abdomen. Additionally, he has strong clinical interests in pediatric endocrine surgery and surgical oncology. As a general pediatric surgeon, he offers his services and experience in non-cardiac thoracic surgery, minimally invasive repair of chest wall deformities, and surgical care of newborn and premature infants.

Dr. Roaten is highly recognized for his academic research, with publications ranging from surgical management of pediatric melanoma to the management of non-accidental trauma and the development of novel cancer chemotherapy agents. He has also authored textbook chapters in surgical management in newborn intensive care units and the management of midgut volvulus. His surgical interests are equally broad, encompassing all aspects of general pediatric surgical care from the neonate to young adults.

"I look forward to expanding the pediatric surgical services offered at Providence Alaska Medical Center," said Dr. Roaten. "I'm honored to join Pediatric Surgeons of Alaska in serving the needs of Alaska's children and their families."

Dr. Roaten received joint MD and PhD degrees at the University of Tennessee, the latter in pharmacology. His general surgery training was at University of Colorado, and he completed pediatric surgery training at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo, in 2006. Dr. Roaten's undergraduate degree is in chemistry and anthropology from the University of Memphis.

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About Providence Alaska Medical Center
Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit: www.providence.org/alaska<http://www.providence.org/alaska>.

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