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October 20, 1999
Susan Beasy Latto, Director of Public Relations 218 726-8830
Richard Ziegler, Dean School of Medicine, Duluth 218 726-7572


Dr. Gerald Hill, Associate to the Dean of the School of Medicine, Duluth and former Director of the University of Minnesota Center of American Indian & Minority Health (CAIMH), received the 1999 American Indian Physician of the Year Award at the Association of American Indian Physicians Annual Meeting. The award is given annually to a physician of American Indian descent to honor outstanding achievements in the field of medicine and health service to the American Indian/Alaska Native population.

Dr. Hill is also an Attending Physician in the Emergency Medicine Department of St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth, and continues to do academic instruction and research in the area of Indian Health at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Hill is a member of the Klamath Tribe of Oregon and lived on the Klamath Indian Reservation prior to attending the University of Washington for his undergraduate studies. He graduated with his M.D. degree in 1980, and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington and the University of California, San Francisco.

Under the direction of Dr. Hill, the (CAIMH) has worked to significantly increase the number of American Indian/Alaska Native health professional students attending programs of the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center. Since 1985 the CAIMH has helped to recruit over 90 American Indian health professionals to the M.D. Program offered at UMD and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

There are currently 34 American Indian/Alaska Native medical students attending UMD and U of M medical schools.

Dr. Hill has served on the Association of American Indian Physician's Board, including two years as president.

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