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Ted Mala, M.D., M.P.H.

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About Ted Mala, M.D., M.P.H.

Ted Mala, M.D., M.P.H is a physician and director of Tribal Relations at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He is from a family of traditional healers, and talks about how cultural shifts affect the health and wellness of Alaska Natives.

Tribal Affiliation

IƱupiat Eskimo


Anchorage, Alaska





Alcoholism is the tip an an iceberg, prompting the physician to dig deeper to learn about its root causes


A movement to learn from elders, and to re-learn culture, so one can live a balanced life

Gourd Dance

The Gourd dance from Oklahoma includes physicians because they are considered modern-day warriors

Native Physician

I was surprised when I became the first male Alaska Native physician

No Role Models

Indians who went to boarding schools have had problems because they lacked role models


PTSD sufferers have not found comfort or solace except through traditional healing

Rural Schools

Being raised in the city prepares a student best to study the hard sciences