Lori Alvord, MD

A board-certified general surgeon, Dean Lori Alvord is a member of the Diné (Navajo) Tribe and of the Tsinnajinnié (Ponderosa Pine) and Ashi’hii’ Diné (Salt People) clans. Dr. Alvord previously served as an associate at Central Michigan University College of Medicine and Dartmouth Medical School. 

Dr. Alvord's research has focused on surgical outcomes and health disparities in Native American populations. Additional areas of interest and training include Native American health, Native American philosophies of healing and ceremonies, integrative medicine and the creation of healing environments. From 2008-2010, Dr. Alvord served on the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NACCAM), the principal advisory body to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a component of the National Institutes of Health. 

Dr. Alvord received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her doctor of medicine degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in general surgery at Stanford University Hospital and is a board-certified general surgeon. She is the author of “The Scalpel and the Silver Bear” (1999), a memoir that describes her journey from the Navajo reservation to become a surgeon, her efforts to provide culturally competent care and to create healing environments based on principles of Navajo traditional healing.

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(520) 626-6216
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Medical School

Stanford University


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