Jared R. Kirkham, MD

Dr. Jared Kirkham is a board-certified physiatrist who specializes in the nonsurgical treatment of sports injuries, work injuries, neck pain, low back pain, nerve injuries, arthritis and tendonitis.

Dr. Kirkham grew up in Seattle, Washington, and earned his undergraduate degree in bioengineering from the University of Washington. He obtained a fitness instructor certification through the American College of Sports Medicine and worked as a personal trainer for a comprehensive, multidisciplinary weight loss program at the PRO Sports Club in Bellevue, Washington.

After his time as a personal trainer, Dr. Kirkham earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed his internship in medicine and surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, and his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at The University of Utah.

While in residency, he performed sports physicals for local high schools and provided physician coverage for local events such as the Salt Lake City Marathon. He conducted research on the use of new imaging studies to detect arthritis of the spine and presented on a variety of topics, including the use of Synvisc for knee arthritis.

In 2014, Dr. Kirkham headed to Anchorage and joined the Alaska Spine Institute where he practiced for two years before joining Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic in 2016.

He is passionate about the value of exercise and getting his patients back to the sports and the work they enjoy. He performs a variety of procedures including spine injections, trigger point injections, joint injections, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, stem cell injections, and EMG testing (nerve studies).

Dr. Kirkham has lectured to a variety of groups in the community including the Alaska Physical Therapy Association, the Alaska Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Alaska State Worker’s Compensation Adjustors group. He is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the Spine Intervention Society.

When he is not working or advancing his skills in spine and musculoskeletal medicine, he enjoys bike racing, backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing, and functional weightlifting.


  • Sports and Spine Medicine
  • Work Injuries
  • Impairment Ratings
  • EMGs and Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Spine Injections

Medical Degree

  • University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA


  • Medicine & Surgery, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Board Certification

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Spine Intervention Society

Dr. Kirkham is available to see patients at the following location:


Main Clinic: Suite 220
Physical Therapy: Suite 108
4100 Lake Otis Pkwy
Anchorage, AK 99508

Testimonials for Dr. Kirkham

“Dr. Kirkham provided excellent medical quality of care. He was very courteous and professional. The visit was a very in-depth exam in confirming the diagnosis and providing alternative medical treatment options. The medical staff at all levels did an outstanding job to ensure my care was top notch. I would recommend Dr. Kirkham without hesitation to provide medical care in the area of orthopedics. Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic and their providers share many years of medical expertise in all areas of orthopedics. Consider using this organization for your fracture and orthopedic needs! You will not regret their service.”

- Anthony Z.

“Fantastic doctor. Very well respected.”

- Linda C.

“Dr. Kirkham put me at ease and the hip injection was virtually painless!”

- Kenneth C.

“Dr. Kirkham was on time, friendly and informative during my recent appointment for a hip aspiration. I very much appreciated all of these qualities as I was nervous about the procedure. I had no after-effects, which must be due to his expertise with that needle! I am thankful for all of the AFOC staff who have helped me with two hip replacements.”

- Carol T.

“Dr. Kirkham seems interested in figuring out what’s going on in my shoulder. I appreciate that he wants to start from the beginning rather than assume that my previous doctor had it all figured out already.”

- Jeff W.

“Excellent experience. I really appreciate him listening to me and I trust his knowledge and his skill level. Great doctor!”

- Derick P.

“Fantastic doc! Great bedside manner and listens extremely well.”

- Linda K.

“I see Doctor Kirkham every six months for knee injection. He’s been nothing but helpful and explains everything that he’s doing. Pleasant doctor. I would recommend him to anyone asking. To see a great doctor, it would be him.”

- Patricia S.

“Went well and got good explanations on my issue.”

- Dwight W.

“The staff at AFOC was able to schedule me promptly upon my visit. I was in extreme pain, and their staff took great care of me from the initial appointment to the MRI, and procedure that followed. Dr. Kirkham reviewed my MRI results with me and thoroughly discussed all the options, but was prompt to accommodate my pain and take action the same day as my condition was worsening. Dr. Kirkham and the staff that assisted him throughout my experience were professional, kind and caring. I would recommend this facility to anyone needing treatment.”

- Andrea S.

“Dr. Kirkham listened to me and treated me as a real person with some problem instead of another person that might not have anything wrong. He’s an excellent doctor and listened intently, and his assistant was also accommodating. I would recommend AFOC and have.”

- Teresa S.

“Dr. Kirkham was very professional. He listened to me entirely and then asked questions for details I may have left out. I felt satisfied with how Dr. Kirkham treated me as a first-time patient.”

- Victoria B.

“The provider was able to work with me on my appointments which helped me out because I live out of town. Doctor and staff were friendly, professional and I would recommend this provider to anyone.”

- Jesse C.

“Always greeted with a smile. Staff is kind, courteous and helpful. My doctor was very understanding, informative and confident. If needed I would gladly return to care.”

- Aaron E.

“Dr. Kirkham was polite, knowledgeable and made me feel completely comfortable.”

- Karleen W.

“Dr. Kirkham listened to my concerns and worked with me and my life to develop a plan that not only addressed my pain, but allowed me to adapt my movements to avoid future pain.”

- Angel A.

“I know it is trite to say he is awesome. If you do not like conservative treatment, do not go to him. But, I can tell you that I have been in so much pain and have not needed surgery or drugs to get better. I believe you want a conservative doctor who does not jump right to surgery. He is very knowledgeable and approachable. These issues are not a quick fix, and he commits to getting you back to a realistic level of life before pain and injury.”

- Taryn E.

“I felt like he knew what he was doing. Gave me what might be down the road.”

- Keith O.

“I was a bit nervous at first, but Dr. Kirkham gave me useful information regarding how effective the procedure can be. I had reduced pain within an hour and am grateful for that. The process was a success.”

- Katharina S.

“Friendly, knowledgeable, and easy to communicate.”

- Tony K.

“Dr. Kirkham is lovely and a smart young doctor. His staff talked very highly about him. They are all friendly. Thank you.”

- Phich T.

“I came in with a swollen left wrist that providers in Homer didn’t know how to treat. Dr. Kirkham was perplexed about the swelling, but he gave me all the options for finding treatment and coping with the interim swelling. He was honest. That is rare and appreciated.”

- Ruth W.

“It was a very smooth appointment — very knowledgeable doctor.”

- Jess G.

“Great! I live remote, and Dr. Kirkham went out of his way to help me, so I didn’t have to fly back for another treatment. He was informative, understanding and very professional. I would recommend him to anyone!”

- Tom S.

“Dr. Kirkham did a thorough EMG exam while being informative, and explaining everything involved with the test. He readily answered any questions I had. All staff was also thoughtful and kind.”

- Tricia H.

“He is knowledgeable, patient, and listens.”

- Rose S.

“Dr. Kirkham is exceptionally professional and a pleasure to see at every appointment I have had with him. He is very knowledgeable and thoroughly explained all the procedures before each spinal injection I had. I will continue to consult with him if issues arrive shortly.”

- Thomas U.

“Very kind, explained everything that would occur. I felt very comfortable for an uncomfortable procedure.”

- Deborah B.

“The physicians, PA’s and staff have consistently provided an outstanding level of care. I have seen Dr. Spencer (cervical fusion), Dr. Kirkham (injections in my wrist for carpal tunnel), and Glen Welker, PA (injections in my knee). My family has also seen Dr. Lapkass for knee and hip surgery. We have never had a problem scheduling an appointment or seeing a provider. Staff is always professional and courteous. Providers take the time to discuss your situation to ensure that you, as a patient, understand your diagnosis and recommended a treatment plan.”

- Bearclaw S.

“Everyone was helpful and attentive. Dr. Kirkham was charming and took time to explain things to me.”

- Lois F.

“Dr. Kirkham is a kind, and the thoughtful doctor always has my best interests in mind. The medical assistant made me feel at ease and comfortable with the office visits.”

- John P.

“Dr. Kirkham is fantastic. He worked to get me out of pain. I couldn’t have asked for better.”

- James R.

“Dr. Kirkham and his medical assistant took great care of me when I was in for my appointment.”

- Raynae H.

“This review is for Dr. Jared Kirkham. He did my steroid injection in my hip and did a wonderful job!”

- Jill E.

“Dr. Kirkham was very kind and knowledgeable. The staff were great. They stayed professional and friendly, despite the unkind behavior they were tolerating from others.”

- Kristi F.

“I have experienced pain using my shoulders and sometimes consistent pain from work. I would never have realized my shoulders weren’t strong enough for how hard I was using them because I can lift a lot over my head. Dr. Kirkham’s expertise took away all concerns of tearing or damaging my shoulders, and I’m going to go to physical therapy to strengthen my shoulders to ease my continued presence in manual labor. The doctor that referred me said acute bilateral shoulder injury. The expert said let’s make your shoulders stronger to get rid of your pain 🙂 Spend extra money on doctors to get the correct diagnosis and treatment.”

- Samuel C.

“Awesome service. Got in quickly and everything went ultra smooth. Dr. Kirkham is the best.”

- Ward W.

“Dr. Kirkham is fantastic, and I appreciate him guiding me through every step trying to avoid surgery. He was up front and did tell me my injury would likely end up with disk replacement, but he was willing to support other measure to avoid it if possible.”

- Heather C.