Jana Cole, MD

Jana Cole, MD at Plastic Surgeons of Alaska

Dr. Jana Cole combines world-class surgical skills honed at 2 of the nation’s premier plastic surgery programs with a personable bedside manner—she’s affectionately called the “prom queen” for her outgoing personality. As one of the few board-certified female plastic surgeons in Alaska, Dr. Cole offers a unique perspective for women considering aesthetic surgery.

Education & Training

Dr. Cole is familiar with the demands of performing at the highest level, whether it meant competing as a member of Canada’s national tennis team or excelling at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, one of the most prestigious medical schools in the U.S.

After earning her medical degree, she completed residencies in both general surgery and plastic surgery at the highly regarded University of Washington Medical Center. She then spent 4 years at the medical center as an assistant professor instructing the next generation of plastic surgeons before joining Plastic Surgeons of Alaska in 2005.

Communication Is the Key to Excellent Results

As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Cole enjoys the diversity that reconstructive and cosmetic surgery offer. More importantly, however, the most rewarding aspect of her practice is the opportunity to cultivate relationships with her patients, and to meet and exceed their desired results.

Dr. Cole believes successful surgical outcomes begin at the consultation, where she listens closely to a patient’s concerns and encourages an honest and open communication process. After hearing patients describe their concerns and goals, Dr. Cole carefully explains the options available to achieve those goals, providing the patients with the information needed to make informed decisions and feel confident about their choices.

An International Background

Dr. Cole was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia and she has also lived in South Africa and Canada. She was a member of the Canadian National Tennis Team and played at Wimbledon and the French Open as a junior. She toured on the professional tennis circuit in Europe and South America. 

At Trinity University in San Antonio, where she obtained her undergraduate degree, she earned All-American honors in tennis playing for the nationally-ranked Division I program.

Dr. Cole remains active as an avid runner and cyclist. She has completed 2 full Ironman events and several marathons, including Comrades Marathon in South Africa.

Curriculum Vitae

Board-Certified: American Board of Plastic Surgery (the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties)

Education

  • B.A. Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
  • B.S. University of Texas Southwestern School Allied Health, Dallas, Texas
  • M.D. University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas
  • Residency/ General Surgery—University of Washington Medical Center
  • Residency/ Plastic Surgery—University of Washington Medical Center

Academic Appointments

  • 2003 – 2005 Assistant Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Washington Medical Center
  • 2001-2003 Acting Assistant Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Washington Medical Center

Memberships

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • Alaska State Medical Association, Past President
  • Anchorage Medical Society, Past President
  • Northwest Society of Plastic Surgery

Hospital Affiliation/Privileges

  • Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage
  • Alaska Regional Hospital, Anchorage
  • Alaska Surgery Center, Anchorage
  • Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage
  • Office surgery facility available
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