Native American Heritage Month Lecture: Living Between Two Cultures: A Navajo Woman Surgeon’s Journey to Combine Traditional Navajo Healing and Conventional Western Medicine

Dr. Lori Alvord First Navajo Woman Surgeon
Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm
101 White Hall (Ghandi Auditorium), Boonshoft School of Medicine
Future Students
Current Students
The public

Bridging two worlds of medicine, traditional Navajo healing and conventional Western medicine, to treat the whole patient, is the focus of Dr. Lori Alvord’s talk. Dr. Alvord will discuss intriguing ideas about human health care and her path to integrating traditional western medicine and technology with the traditional Navajo philosophy of balance and harmony known as “Walking in Beauty.” Dr. Lori Alvord is associate dean for student affairs and admissions for the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, and professor of the college’s Department of Surgery.

A member of the Navajo tribe, Alvord received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 1979. She earned her M.D. degree from Stanford University in 1985, and completed a surgical residency at Stanford University Hospital, serving as chief resident in 1991. She is the first Navajo woman to become a surgeon. After receiving traditional medical training, Dr. Alvord returned to the Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico. She soon discovered the need to merge her state of the art skills with indigenous healing customs and practices. Dr. Alvord is the author of “The Scalpel and the Silver Bear,” Bantam Books, 1999, a bestselling Memoir.

At the conclusion of this talk, participants will be able to:
1. Identify ways in which indigenous knowledge of health/spirituality/healing are used in Native American cultures.
2. Understand cultural conflicts in health care including how Native American healing supports or interferes with Western medical practices.
3. Discuss strategies for utilizing indigenous healing practices in conjunction with Western medical practice.

The event is co-sponsored by the Asian/Hispanic/Native American Center and the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

This event is part of the Asian/Hispanic/Native American Center's 2013 Native American Heritage Month Celebration, and is free and open to the public. For the full 2013 calendar of events, please visit our website at or visit our center at 154 Millett Hall.

For information, contact
Mia Honaker
Administrative Specialist

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