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About us

Alaska Rheumatology Alliance is a 501c(6) organization whose purpose is to promote and improve rheumatologic care in Alaska through educational programs, the interchange of ideas, and increasing awareness of rheumatologic conditions in Alaska. 


John Botson, MD


Dr. Botson treats both adult and pediatric patients in close care coordination with referring physicians.


At Ohio Northern University, Dr. Botson double-majored in pharmacy and chemistry — graduating Summa Cum Laude in both. After obtaining his medical degree from The Ohio State University, he served as resident at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and in 2009 completed his rheumatology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health.

In addition to his expertise treating a variety of conditions as a rheumatologist, Dr. Botson has additional training in musculoskeletal ultrasound used to diagnose and treat various musculoskeletal diseases.  He also has an interest in rheumatology research, including conducting clinical trials.

When he is not treating patients, Dr. Botson enjoys family time and an active lifestyle. He participates in distance running events, basketball, skiing, and bowling. He is also passionate about community service, having volunteered with the local Arthritis and Lupus foundations. 

Ryan Ragle, MD

Vice President

Dr. Ragle completed his internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship from the University of Utah and his medical degree from Creighton University Medical School.

Dr. Ragle treats all rheumatological conditions.

Born and raised in Alaska, Dr. Ragle is excited to practice medicine in his hometown community — and to enjoy all its great recreational opportunities.

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