Your Anchorage Orthopedic Surgeon
The ORCA team is built of a diverse group of individuals with different backgrounds working cohesively to fulfill your orthopedic needs. Our office staff leads active lifestyles and includes competitive athletes such as runners and endurance bikers. Their families ski, snowboard, bike, and play baseball and soccer. They understand how important it is for our patients to return to their own favorite activities. That’s why our Orthopedics Surgeon put our patients first.
Dr. Vermillion is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and has completed fellowship training in Adult Reconstructive Surgery/Foot and Ankle Surgery. He also has a strong background in Sports Medicine and this interest has led him to become an experienced cartilage restoration surgeon.
Dr. Vermillion served in the military for over 21 years after graduating from West Point. Prior to going to medical school he served as an infantryman and was selected to be on the United States Modern Pentathlon Team. He was an elite athlete and runner for many years. He knows what it is like to have injuries and always seeks to get patients back to their highest functional level possible.
Dr. Stewart Kerr, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Anchorage, AK and has been practicing for 20 years. He graduated from Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences in 1998 and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery, orthopedic fracture care, and more.
Stewart M. Kerr, MD is an experienced, board certified, fellowship-trained surgeon specializing both in comprehensive Spine Surgery (including neck/cervical) and Orthopaedic Fracture-Trauma Reconstruction. Dr. Kerr is highly trained; —he completed the Rothman Institute combined Neurosurgery/Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship in Philadelphia. He additionally completed an Orthopaedic Fracture Traumatology Fellowship at UCSF (Fresno) —the busiest Level 1 Trauma Center in California. “I am highly interested in treating complex neck & spinal disorders, including cervical myelopathy, deformity, spine tumors and neck / back fractures. When appropriate, I do regularly offer minimally invasive spine surgical techniques and additionally perform cervical disk replacement as an alternative to neck fusion. I also am passionate with helping patients requiring fracture stabilization & reconstructive surgery”. A decorated U.S. Navy Veteran, Dr. Kerr has both wartime field surgery and tertiary medical center surgical experiences. He regularly deployed overseas to care for combat-injured troops in the Afghanistan & Iraq wars. He additionally provided services for the Persian Gulf and Somalia conflicts of the 1990s. Before attending medical school, Dr. Kerr worked for 8 years as a Navy SEAL Diver (Naval Special Warfare) after matriculating and graduating with BUD/S Class #136. Previous work experience includes attending Orthopaedic Spine & Trauma Surgeon at Confluence Health in Washington State; he was co-director of the Portsmouth Comprehensive Spine Center in Virginia, and academic teaching faculty for orthopaedic residents at Naval Medical Centers in Portsmouth & San Diego. He is AO Spine faculty and has published numerous papers, textbook chapters and has lectured internationally. Dr. Kerr volunteers with the National Ski Patrol and Internationally as a Consulting Diving-Hyperbaric Medical Officer with Divers Alert Network. He additionally is active with area Military Veteran’s Organizations. Doctor Kerr is a passionate educator and health wellness coach; —”I strive for superior treatment outcomes and hope my patients realize I aim to care for them as if they’re family”. He enjoys discussing (evidence-based) management options so that patients may choose treatments that best fit with their individual health goals & needs… When time and schedules allow, Stewart, his wife Karen, and their two sons enjoy the outdoors exploring the grandeur of Alaska. They embrace a physically active lifestyle with skiing, scuba diving, wildlife photography, backpacking and adventure travel. Please contact Dr. Kerr in one of his Anchorage Offices should you desire a prompt and thoughtful evaluation for your Spine care & Musculoskeletal needs.
Certified Physician Assistant
Benjamin Kennah is a certified physician assistant with a diverse background caring for patients. He leads an active lifestyle and is passionate about communicating with patients about the treatment and recovery process. Benjamin is the newest addition to the ORCA team, and we are happy to have him aboard!
Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist, and Surgical Coordinator
Amber moved to Alaska from California in 1992 as a child with her Mother who had fallen in love with the state and its beauty. She loves seeing all that Alaska has to offer by traveling, hiking, and fishing.
Amber joined ORCA in 2013 as the Surgical Coordinator. She has worked in the medical field since 2001. Her experience includes pain management, primary care, urgent care and sleep technologies. She also worked as an instructor at Alaska Career College teaching medical assisting for over 4 years.
Working in Orthopedics is the highlight of her career. It is her passion to be a part of changing people’s lives for the better. Amber’s favorite moments at ORCA are when she hears heartfelt gratitude from her patients saying that she helped to improve their quality of life.