Leon "Joe" Chandler, M.D.
Dr. Leon "Joe" Chandler was born, bred, and educated in the mid west state of Indiana.
was raised on golf, fishing, quail hunting and dog training.
His alma mater is Indiana University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree and earned a doctor's degree in medicine.
anesthesia residency was done at Indiana University and Marion County General Hospital
came up to Alaska via his
childhood desire to fish and hunt in this great state and the United States Air Force
Although the air force brought Dr. Chandler
to Alaska in 1970, it was the hunting, fishing and medical opportunities that have kept him in Anchorage, Alaska ever since.
After 3 years of working as the head of the anesthesiology department in the Air Force, Dr. Chandler worked for 20 years as an anesthesiologist at Providence Hospital.
While working at Providence, he
also provided anesthesia at Anchorage's outpatient surgery centers.
In 1969 Dr. Chandler
wrote a letter to President Nixon expressing his
idea about the need in this country to have outpatient surgery centers as a more efficient, cost effective and medically sound way to provide surgery for patients.
The first outpatient surgery center in the United States was established in Phoenix, Arizona in 1972 and is still operational today.
The second surgery center established in the U.S. was in Anchorage in 1974 which Dr. Chandler
was instrumental in developing.
Since then, he
has helped develop a number of surgery centers in Alaska and the lower 48.
In Anchorage he
is still involved with the Alaska Surgery Center and the Alaska Spine Center
developed in 1993 and still maintains the first pain clinic in Alaska, A.A. Pain Clinic.
He is the Medical Director of A.A. Specialty Health Center, which includes A.A. Pain Clinic, Northern Nights Sleep Clinic, A NewLife Clinic, as well as a diagnostics division.
He specializes in neck injuries and headaches.
The Cancer Pain Initiative was brought to Alaska through his
profession and thoroughly enjoys the ability to diagnose and treat those afflicted with any number of injuries and maladies that cause people to have pain.
However, once in a while he
has time to play and when he
loves the joy he
gets in guiding others in fishing and hunting.
has maintained his
assistant guiding credentials since 1976 and has hunted and fished throughout the whole great state of Alaska.
He has been a bush pilot since 1973, and continues to periodically play golf.
Helping others in need has always been close to Dr. Chandler's
heart, and as such he
has been involved in numerous charitable organizations.
Most recently he was appointed to the National Board of The Ruffed Grouse Society that focuses on re-establishing wooded habitats.
is one of three founders of Under Broken Wings
which gives physically challenged youths the opportunity to learn to hunt and fish.
has been married to his
second wife since 1992 and they have one child.
has two grown daughters, and all together has 5 grandchildren.
has taught all of his
children how to hunt and fish, and all of his
grandchildren how to fish (some are still a bit young to hunt).