Alaska Surgical Group

Alaska Surgical Group addresses all types of general surgery using the most advanced surgical options including:

  • Minimally invasive general surgery that reduces the length of incision, lessens time in the hospital
  • Laparoscopic surgery where the surgeon repairs and addresses internal problems through small one-inch-long incisions by using instruments the width of a ball point pen. These instruments have cameras in the tip and cutting tools.
  • DaVinci Robotic Surgery: This new advance in surgery enables surgeons to perform operations through tiny small incisions. The Da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. The system magnified vision system gives surgeons a 3D high-definition view inside the patient’s body.

General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal contents including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, appendix and bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland. Our general surgeons perform endoscopic procedures involving the skin, breast, tissue, trauma, vascular and hernia.

The general surgeons at Alaska Surgical Group have extensive knowledge and familiarity with a wide range of conditions that require surgical treatment. They perform operations or procedures for conditions affecting the digestive tract, abdomen, breast skin and soft tissue; trauma and burn cases, vascular conditions etc. Alaska Surgical Group addresses diagnosis within the body, including: esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, rectum, abdomen, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, breast, skin and soft tissue, and endocrine system.

Alaska Surgical Group is a specialty practice that combines compassionate care with advanced surgical treatment. We interface closely with your family practice or internal medicine physician, including all associated specialists that may be involved in your diagnosis and treatment plan. This can include other specialists like plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons that address issues with scarring and optimal recovery from surgery.

Most surgical procedures are performed endoscopically or through the latest minimally invasive techniques.

Victoria Lee Murdock, MD, FACS
Board-Certified General Surgery

Victoria Lee Murdock, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon at Alaska Surgical Group and Alaska Hernia Center. She received her Medical Degree at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.  She also has a Masters Degree in Bioengineering from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University.  Dr. Victoria Lee Murdock completed her general surgery residency and internship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Victoria Lee Murdock is certified in the use of the Da Vinci robotic surgery system and proficient in laparoscopic surgery.  Prior to joining Alaska Surgical Group and the Alaska Hernia Center in Anchorage, she had an active general surgery practice for several years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Victoria Lee Murdock is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Victoria Lee Murdock relocated to Alaska in 2018 with her husband, a cardio-thoracic surgeon. She is excited to be part of the Alaska medical community and welcomes other physicians to contact her directly related to general surgery issues, robotic surgery cases, laparoscopic surgery and surgical treatment of hernias.

Of special benefit to those patients in Alaska who speak Korean, Dr. Murdock is fluent in both English and Korean, which can be a great relief to those patients from Korea who live in Alaska and would otherwise have difficulty communicating in English.

Alaska Hernia Center

The Alaska Hernia Center addresses all types of hernias including:

  • Umbilical hernias (a hernia in the navel, belly button)
  • Inguinal hernia (a hernia in the groin)
  • Femoral hernia (a painful lump in the inner upper part of the thigh or groin)
  • Incisional hernia (tissue that pokes through a surgical wound that hasn’t totally healed)
  • Epigastric hernia (when fat pushes through the belly between the belly button and lower part of the breastbone)
  • Hiatal hernia (where part of the stomach bulges up through this opening and into the chest)
  • Giant abdominal wall hernia (related to an incisional hernia that’s hard to treat and keeps coming back)
  • Spigelian hernia. (where fat tissue pushes through muscle below your belly button)

To learn more about Alaska Surgical Group expertise in hernia diagnosis and treatment, including all the most advanced minimally invasive surgery and laparoscopic surgeries, click to our educational Internet presence at

Alaska Surgical Oncology

Alaska Surgical Oncology takes a very specialized approach to the diagnosis and treatment options related to all types of cancer.  What makes Alaska Surgical Oncology different from other general surgery practices is that it includes the expertise of a fellowship-trained specialist in cancer surgery who trained at one of the most prestigious and most-respected cancer centers in the world.

Charles Portera, MD, a fellowship-trained surgeon with more than 20 years of experience in surgery, founded Alaska Surgical Oncology to provide Alaskans with a level of cancer care previously unavailable in the State.

Dr. Portera received his undergraduate degree and medical degree from the University of Tennessee. He completed his fellowship in surgical oncology and cancer biology at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center — one of the top cancer referral centers in the world.

Dr. Portera has done more than 10,000 successful cancer surgeries over his career.

With this advanced training in surgical oncology, Dr. Portera is viewed by referring physicians as one of best physicians in Alaska to deal with the surgical removal of cancerous and noncancerous tumors. In 2017, Dr. Portera created The Breast Center at Alaska Surgical Oncology to address the complex issues facing those with breast cancer. The Breast Center provides minimally invasive surgical technology and is a leader in breast preservation surgery where all attempts are made during surgery to preserve the natural appearance of the breast. This can involve the expertise of plastic surgeons during surgery to remove breast cancer for the best possible result.

Dr. Portera spent most of his medical career in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he founded a very successful surgical oncology practice. Despite a busy surgical practice, Dr. Portera at age 49 had a true calling and desire to live and work in one of his favorite places in the world, Alaska. Dr. Portera relocated to Anchorage, Alaska in 2014 with his wife Melissa of over 20 years of marriage, and their three children Carol Ann, Mary, and Luke.

To learn more about Alaska Surgical Oncology and all of its capabilities related to treatment of cancer, visit our specialty center at