Cancer Warriors

Judith Salmon Kaur
Judith Salmon Kaur, MD

Judith Salmon Kaur, MD (Choctaw, Cherokee) is the second Native American to become board certified in oncology. In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Salmon Kaur has served for many years as Medical Director for Native American Programs in the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center.

The importance of AI/AN cancer data is accuracy to reflect regional differences and usefulness to communities to plan programs to improve health.

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Linda Burhansstipanov
Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH

Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) is a respected researcher and educator whose work centers on cancer in Native communities. Dr. Burhansstipanov is Founder of Native American Cancer Research Corporation and is President of Native American Cancer Initiatives, Incorporated.

AIAN cancer data helps us follow trends in incidence, mortality, and survival by specific geographic (CHSDA) regions to help us improve interventions in our local and national programs.

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Amanda Bruegl
Amanda Bruegl, MD, MS

Amanda Bruegl, MD, MS (Oneida/Stockbridge-Munsee) is Director of Scholarly Projects Thread, Wy’east Post Baccalaureate Program, Northwest Native American Center of Excellence, and is Assistant Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oregon Health and Science University. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Bruegl is studying human papillomavirus subtypes among Natives in the Pacific Northwest and is dedicated to gynecologic cancer prevention in the AI/AN population.

AI/AN data is often not included in larger U.S. publications and epidemiologic studies despite the fact that cancer is one of the top two leading causes of death for our population. In order for us to make changes, it is imperative that we do research on our communities by and with our communities.

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