The Science of Navajo Ceremonies: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Sponsored by The Stanford American Indigenous Medical Students, the Center of Excellence, and the Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation


Wednesday, May 10, 2006
12:00 pm –
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Medical School Classroom M-106

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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.

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