Mary J. Owen, MD

Associate Dean of Native American Health, Center of American Indian and Minority Health

Mary J. Owen

Contact Info

MD, University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency


Dr. Mary Owen is a member of the Tlingit nation. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and North Memorial Family Practice Residency Program before returning home to work for her tribal community in Juneau, Alaska. After eleven years of full-scope family medicine, she returned to the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth in 2014, as the Director of the Center of American Indian and Minority Health (CAIMH). Her work includes: developing and managing programs to increase the numbers of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) students entering medical careers, outreaching to local and national Native leaders to ensure University of Minnesota Medical School remain in tune with AIAN health care and education needs, developing an AIAN track for all students interested in providing healthcare to AIAN communities and developing research efforts to address AIAN health disparities. She continues to provide clinical care at the Center of American Indian Resources in Duluth and is the current President of the Association of American Indian Physicians.



Working Upstream

Mary Owen, Michael Westerhaus, Amy Finnegan, Laalitha Surapaneni and Winona LaDuke. The Lancet, Volume 397, Issue 10287, 1803 - 1804. Published: May 15, 2021 |

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Sundberg, M. A. (Lead Author), Leader Charge, D. P., Owen, M. J., Subrahmanian, K. N., Tobey, M. L., & Warne, D. K. (2019). Developing Graduate Medical Education Partnerships in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities. Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 11(6), 624-628.


Conference Proceeding

Termuhlen, P. (Lead Author), Owen, M. J., & Wirta-Kosobuski, A. (2019). The Difference A Mission Driven Campus Can Make: Serving American Indian/Alaska Native Communities. (2019 Group on Regional Medical Campuses Spring Meeting) doi: 



Native American seminars


Board Certifications

American Board of Family Medicine