Our Providers

Dr. Kim Driftmier, MD

University of Southern California

Medical School
Drexel University College of Medicine

San Antonio Uniformed Services Education Health Consortium—Internal Medicine
University of Hawaii—Orthopedic Surgery

University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center—Spinal Surgery
AOSpine Fellowship

Board Certification
Board Certified—American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Medical Society Memberships
Alpha Omega Alpha—Medical Honor Society
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
AO Spine
North American Spine Society
Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons
Anchorage Orthopedic Society

Team Experience
University of Southern California--Football
University Southern California--Baseball
212th Pararescue Squadron—“The Guardian Angels”

Research and Publications

Cage JM, Krul K, Driftmier KR, Orchowski JR. Clinical Outcome Following Single Level Cervical Disc Arthroplasty in a Military Population—The Spine Journal. 2013 Sep; 13(9): 167

Driftmier, K; Tavolaro, C; El Naga, A; Bransford, R; Bellabarba, C; Zhou, H. Does costo-transversectomy impact length of survival in patients with thoracic spine metastatic disease?—Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington

Driftmier KR, Scarcella N, Patel M, Foeger N, Izuka B. Efficacy of Radiation Attenuation of Radiopaque Gloves and Cream: A Comparative Study—University of Hawaii

Driftmier KR, Mitsunaga M, Mitsunaga MM. Surgical Salvage of Failed Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)—University of Hawaii

Johanson NA, Driftmier KR, Cerynik DL, Stehman CC. Grading acetabular defects: the need for a universal and valid system. J Arthroplasty. 2010 Apr; 25(3): 425-31. [Epub 2009 Apr 18]

Peretz JI, Driftmier KR, Cerynik DL, Kumar NS, Johanson NA. Does Lateral Release Change Patellofemoral Forces and Pressures?: A Pilot Study. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2012 Mar; 470(3): 903-9 [Epub 2011 Oct 26]



  • Minimally invasive spinal decompression
  • Robot/CT guided spinal surgery
  • Cervical (neck) disc replacement
  • Neck, mid back and lower back decompression and fusion
  • Complex neck and back deformity correction
  • Complex spinal injury stabilization
  • Complex revision spinal surgery
  • Spinal Tumor decompression and stabilization
  • Osteoporotic spinal fracture stabilization
  • Sacroiliac joint fusion
  • Arthroscopic Rotator cuff repair
  • Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization
  • Patient Specific Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Patient Specific Reverse total shoulder replacement
  • Arthroscopic ACL and PCL knee reconstruction
  • Open and Arthroscopic cartilage restoration
  • Arthroscopic Ankle Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel, trigger finger, cubital tunnel release
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel release
  • Fracture stabilization of spine, arms/hands, legs/feet
  • Complex wound infection surgical management
  • Amputation


  • Spinal Bracing
  • Fracture management/casting
  • Ligament tear management
  • Injections of joints, muscles, nerves, tendons
  • Platelet Rich Protein (PRP) injections of tendons and joints

Special Interests

  • Spinal Trauma and Injury reconstruction
  • Complex arthroscopic shoulder and knee reconstruction


Dr. Kim Driftmier is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and is fellowship trained in spine surgery.

Dr. Driftmier attended undergraduate at the University of Southern California where he worked as an assistant athletic trainer with the football and baseball teams. He went to Drexel University for medical school where he assumed a commitment to the United States Air Force. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine with the USAF and residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Hawaii. He also studied pediatric spinal deformity at The Shriners Hospital as well as rehabilitative medicine at the University of Washington.

Upon completion of residency, Dr. Driftmier was stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, practicing general orthopedics and sports medicine. During his service to our country, Dr. Driftmier deployed to Syria with the United States Army Special Forces, for which he received The Bronze Star Medal. Upon returning home, he became the team doctor for the 212th Pararescue Squadron, also known as Alaska’s Guardian Angels. After serving four proud years, Dr. Driftmier returned to civilian life and completed a orthopedic spine surgery fellowship at Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington and is also a member of the fellowship of AOSpine.

Dr. Driftmier has special interests in both spine health and sports medicine. He believes that non-operative measures should be pursued whenever reasonable in order to restore health to an individual. His wide training in spine, sports, military and internal medicine has given him a great diversity of orthopedic knowledge and experience. He greatly values continuing education in all areas of medicine and had the honor of starting the JBER based journal club that brought surgeons from many Alaskan orthopedic practices together to better our community.

Dr. Driftmier has a wonderful and supportive wife and 3 beautiful children. He enjoys fishing, snowboarding, spearfishing, hiking, and mountain biking. He looks forward to meeting you and your needs.

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Orthopedic Urgent Care

McKinley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine provides quality care for Orthopedic Injuries. Give us a call at  907-456-3338  and let us know you are on your way.

Our address: 3745 Geist Rd Fairbanks, AK 99709

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