For the second time in 20 years, a national organization of Native American doctors has honored Oregon Health & Science University's Dr. R. Dale Walker as its physician of the year.
Walker, a Cherokee and a psychiatrist, is the director of OHSU's One Sky Center and a professor at the medical school. He received the recognition from the Association of American Indian Physicians.
Walker specializes in treating addictions, an area of tremendous need on reservations and among urban Native Americans. High rates of alcoholism among Native Americans are well-documented; less known are the high rates of suicide and methamphetamine addiction, both of which are special targets of the efforts of One Sky Center (ww.oneskycenter.org).
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