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The Changing Face of Medicine: Dr. Kelly Roberta Moore

The National Library of Medicine has organized an exhibition honoring the lives and accomplishments of women doctors who are making a difference in the world of medicine. The exhibition, "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians" is on display at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Tribal Connections will devote a space each month to featuring accomplished Native American women doctors from this exhibit.

Dr. Kelly R. Moore is a member of the Creek Nation of Oklahoma and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. She then attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, completing a residency in pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Tulsa Medical College.

In 1987, Dr. Moore began her career with the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. During the late 1980s, she served as the clinical director and sole pediatrician for the Pima Indians of the Gila River Indian Community of southern Arizona. While there she became interested in the growing public health concern of Type 2 diabetes in American Indian youth. Dr. Moore has served the IHS both as a medical administrator and diabetes consultant, in addition to researching, writing and lecturing on Type 2 diabetes in childhood and its links with childhood obesity.

Dr. Moore has worked as clinical director and clinical specialty consultant for the IHS at the Quinault Reservation, Washington, on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah and as IHS area medical officer and diabetes consultant in Billings, Montana. She is a liaison member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Native American Child Health and a captain in the United States Public Health Service.

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