Diabetes and Lipid Clinic of Alaska



Dr. Ross Tanner

Dr. Ross Tanner completed his undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science with honors from Texas A&M University in 1991. Four years later, he graduated medical school with honors from the University of North Texas- College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He is currently board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. In 2005 at inaugural board examination, he was the first physician to pass the rigorous American Board of Lipidology exam to become the first Lipidologist (cholesterol specialist) in Alaska. He completed his internal medicine residency at Texas A&M College of Medicine in 1994 as a chief resident.

He has received many honors throughout his career. While attending medical school, he was awarded “Best Student in Internal Medicine”. During his residency, he was voted by his peers as “Resident of the Year - 1994” as well as “Resident Teacher of the Year - 1994” at Texas A&M College of Medicine. He practiced in Washington State for 5 years and was appointed by Governor Gary Locke to serve a 5 year term on the Washington State Board of Medicine. He also acted as Chief of Medicine at Providence - St Peters Hospital in Olympia. In addition, he help establish and served as the medical director of the first free clinic in Thurston county for indigent and uninsured patients.

He has served as a fellow of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States. He was also selected as physician of the year in 2005 from the states of Idaho, Washington, Alaska, Montana and Oregon by the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation. Shortly after arriving to Alaska, he was elected by his peers as President of the Alaska State Medical Association in 2007 and re-elected to server another term in 2012. He has also served as the Regional Medical Director of Health Management Services at Providence Alaska Medical Center from 2009-2011.

He has been awarded several teaching awards by medical students and residents throughout his career. He has served clinical appointments at University of Washington - School of Medicine, Texas A&M University - College of Medicine and University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, Pacific Northwest University, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is passionate about the management of these diseases and lectures throughout the United States frequently to physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists. His inspiration for a better understanding of the disease began early in his life, with his own father having Type 1 Diabetes.

In addition to a very busy professional life, Dr. Tanner and his wife Tamara are the proud parents of 3 beautiful children; John Ross, Julia and Jackson. He enjoys anything outdoors.