Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D., is the Pfeiffer 2006 Spring Quarter Visiting Professor. A member of the Navajo Tribe, she is also the Associate Dean for Student and Multicultural Affairs at Dartmouth Medical School, and an Assistant Professor of both Surgery and Psychiatry. She earned her M.D. at Stanford in 1985.
Dr. Alvord's autobiography, “The Scalpel and the Silver Bear” (Bantam, 1999), tells the story of her journey from the reservation to become a surgeon and her work to combine Navajo philosophies of healing with western medicine.