After graduating from The Citadel, Dr. Ellerbe earned his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1980. He finished a residency in Pediatrics in 1983 and practiced general pediatrics until 1989. In 1994, Dr. Ellerbe completed a residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The following year, he completed a clinical fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He later joined the staff at ACENT as an ENT and facial plastic surgeon in Anchorage. Dr. Ellerbe is a retired Colonel of the U.S. Air Force; he served in Mississippi, Japan, Hawaii, Texas and Alaska.