Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Navajo surgeon brings diversity to end of life care.

Byline: SHORT TAKES By Susan Stiger

If how we live varies from culture to culture, so does the way we die. Presbyterian Hospice and Palliative Care's third annual conference Nov. 13 will focus on cultural diversity the traditions around death and dying for the Navajo, Hispanic, Pueblo Indian, African-American and Asian communities of New Mexico.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, the Navajo Nation's first female surgeon and the author of "The Scalpel and the Silver Bear." Alvord is an assistant professor of surgery at Dartmouth Medical School, a board-certified practicing general surgeon and dean of student affairs. She worked for six years with the Indian Health Service in Gallup. …

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