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Community Reads

Community Reads are partnerships between Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Office of Health Equity. Diversity & Inclusion (UHealth OHEDI).

The Scalpel and The Silver Bear


Registration is Required to access the Zoom link for the November 2021 Community Read.

University of Utah Land Acknowledgement

The Book

Schedule of Readings

Date/Time Chapters
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, NOON Introduction – Chapter 3 – pgs 1-56 (56 pgs)
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, NOON Chapters 4 – 6 – Pgs 57-106 (50 pgs)
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, NOON Chapters 7 – 10 – Pgs. 107-149 (43 pgs)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021, NOON Chapters 11- 14 - Pgs. 150-196 (47 pgs)

Co-Sponsors:  American Indian Resource Center (AIRC);  Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL); Office of Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (UHealth OHEDI); and J. Willard Marriott Library.


Franci Lynne Taylor (Choctaw, she/her), Director, American Indian Resource Center (AIRC), University of Utah

Franci Lynne Taylor, mother of two, grandmother of five, and auntie to many, earned a B.F.A. and a B.S. in Anthropology/Sociology at Montana State University. She earned her Ph.D. in American Indian Studies through the Faculty of Archaeology program at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. She has taught American Indian Studies and Culture for over 25 years locally, nationally, and internationally at all educational levels. She has worked on creating American Indian curriculum for public schools. At present she is a cross-cultural consultant for UHealth and the Executive Director of the American Indian Resource Center at University of Utah. She specializes in traditional Indigenous knowledge and ethnobotany and is a participating member of the Indigenous People’s working group at the United Nations. She has taught classes on interactions between colonialism and indigenous peoples at the University of Leiden, The Nederlands, and community-based research in American Indian communities. She sits on several national Indian Education boards. Franci is a member of the Choctaw Tribe and is a traditional dancer and craft worker. 

Special MEDiversity Lecture by Dr. Lori Alvord Arviso

Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, author of The Scalpel and The Silver Bear, was also a featured speaker during MEDiversity Week on Monday, November 1, 2021 at NOON – here is the recording of her presentation.

Book Summary and Review

[Book SummaryThe Scalpel and the Silver Bear Summary (SuperSummary)

[Book Review] Loewe, Ron.  JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Jan 19, 2000, Vol.283(3), p.405 [Peer Reviewed Journal]  

About the Author

About the Author

Changing the Face of Medicine | Lori Arviso Alvord   Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord bridges two worlds of medicine—traditional Navajo healing and conventional Western medicine—to treat the whole patient.

Lori Arviso Alvord - Photos

Lori Arviso Alvord - Wikipedia Lori Arviso Alvord (born 1958) is a surgeon and author. She is perhaps best known for being the first Diné woman to ever become board certified in surgery.

Lori Arviso Alvord, first Navajo woman surgeon, to open Dartmouth's Academic Year  Dartmouth News.  Sep 16, 1999

First Navajo woman doctor recounts struggles in college  Navajo Times.  Oct 31, 2011  

Associate Dean Lori Arviso Alvord, MD, Sees Priorities for Medical Admissions and Student Affairs  University of Arizona Health Sciences.  Dec 1, 2012   

Author Presentations/Videos


The Healing Properties of Navajo Ceremonies [The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community] (Oct. 22, 2015)  |  Video  |  Poster  |  ASU News story

Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord Keynote Address  (May 25, 2013) | University of Utah School of Medicine, 2013. 

Journal Articles by Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D.

Journal Articles by Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D.

Cancer Journey for American Indians and Alaska Natives in the Pacific Northwest
.  Haozous EA, Doorenbos A, Alvord LA, Flum DR, Morris AM.  Oncol Nurs Forum. 2016 Sep 1;43(5):625-35. doi: 10.1188/16.ONF.625-635.  PMID: 27541555

Shared decision-making for cancer care among racial and ethnic minorities: a systematic review.  Mead EL, Doorenbos AZ, Javid SH, Haozous EA, Alvord LA, Flum DR, Morris AM.  Am J Public Health. 2013 Dec;103(12):e15-29. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301631. Epub 2013 Oct 17. Review.  PMID: 24134353

Medical school accommodations for religious and cultural practices.  Alvord LAVirtual Mentor. 2013 Mar 1;15(3):198-201. doi: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2013.15.3.ecas3-1303. PMID: 23472807

Surgical outcomes in American Indian veterans: a closer look.  Alvord LA, Henderson WG, Benton K, Buchwald D.  J Am Coll Surg. 2009 Jun;208(6):1085-92.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2009.02.058.  PMID: 19476896

Surgical morbidity and mortality among American Indian and Alaska Native veterans: a comparative analysis.  Alvord LA, Rhoades D, Henderson WG, Goldberg JH, Hur K, Khuri SF, Buchwald D.  J Am Coll Surg. 2005 Jun;200(6):837-44.  PMID: 15922193

Navajo surgeon combines approaches. Interview by Judy Cassidy. Alvord LA. Health Prog. 1999 Jan-Feb;80(1):42-3, 48. PMID: 10345108

Routine intraoperative laparoscopic cholangiography.  Stuart SA, Simpson TI, Alvord LA, Williams MD.  Am J Surg. 1998 Dec;176(6):632-7. PMID:  9926804

Books Referenced in the Bibliography of The Scalpel and The Silver Bear