Mary Owen

Associate Dean of Native American Health
Associate Professor


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.


MD, University of Minnesota Medical School
BS, University of Oregon
Major: General Science
BA, Carroll College
Major: French and International Relations

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Residency in Family Medicine, Residency
North Memorial Family Practice

Licensures and Certifications

American Board of Family Medicine,
Alaska Medical License,
Minnesota Medical License,

Media Appearances

Docs On Call: Stroke and Other Neurological Conditions, WDSO TV/PBS 8
Still killing us: The federal government underfunded health care for Indigenous people for centuries. Now they're dying of COVID-19, USA Today
Doctors on Call: Rheumatological Diseases, Public Television
Racism in Places of Healing, Native America Calling
Center for Health Journalism's National Fellowship, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
Advocating for Your Own Health, Native America Calling
Health Care Providers and the Path of Healing During Times of Pain, Continued Racial Unrest, and Pandemic, Minnesota Native News
COVID 19 and It's Impact on Minority Communities, National Minority Cardiovascular Alliance
Communicating with Native American Patients, Native America Calling
Docs On Call: Upper GI , WDSE TV/PBS 8
Docs On Call: Cholesterol Problems, WDSE TV/PBS 8
Docs on Call: Lower GI Problems, WDSE TV/PBS 8
Tribal Health Research in the Bemidji Region, KQRS St. Paul

Professional Memberships

Association of American Indian Physicians
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

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. United States:
PubMed ID: 31871558.
Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

Owen, M. J., (Panelist) "Post-Election Policy Perspectives of Medical Society Leaders on the Future of Minority Health", AMA Minority Affairs Section Governing Council Annual Meeting, American Medical Association, November 08, 2020.
Owen, M. J. "Communicating Science in a World of Misinformation", Twin Ports Early Career Researchers Spring Symposium, Twin Ports Early Career Researchers, April 30, 2020.
Owen, M. J., (Presenter) "Center of American Indian and Minority Health: 40 Years of Recruiting and Training Future Native Physicians", Northern Ontario School of Medicine, April 20, 2018.
Owen, M. J., (Presenter) "Native American health", League of Women Voters Annual Meeting , Duluth Chapter League of Women Voters, March 24, 2018.
Owen, M. J., (Presenter) "Minnesota tribal health", University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, 1st year, Duluth, Minnesota, August 01, 2017.
Owen, M. J., (Presenter) "Native American Health", Minnesota Biomedical Librarians, April 01, 2017.
Owen, M. J., (Presenter) "American Indian and Alaska Native physician workforce deficits", Minnesota Tribal Health Directors, February 01, 2017.
Owen, M. J., (Presenter) "Effective practices for the recruitment, retention, and education of Native American medical students", Association of American Medical Colleges, October 01, 2015.
Owen, M. J., (Presenter) "Overview of Minnesota tribes", Medical School Orientation, University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth Campus, August 01, 2015.
Owen, M. J., (Facilitator) "Physical exam skills", Native Americans Into Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, Native Americans Into Medicine, Duluth, Minnesota, June 01, 2015.
Owen, M. J., (Presenter) "Native American health disparities, locally and regionally", Native Americans Into Medicine program and Center of American Indian and Minority Health Advisory Board, Duluth, Minnesota, June 01, 2015.
Owen, M. J., (Presenter) "Your journey", Medical School Native American Graduate Honoring Ceremony, Native American Medical School Graduate Honoring, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 01, 2015.
Owen, M. J., (Presenter) "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in our Community", Sacred Journey Conference, Red Lake Reservation, Minnesota, April 01, 2015.
Owen, M. J., (Presenter) "The Path to Becoming a Physician", Preadmissions Workshop, University of Minnesota, Madison, Wisconsin, April 01, 2015.
Owen, M. J., (Presenter) "Securing Good Letters of Recommendation", Preadmissions Workshop, Madison, Wisconsin, April 01, 2015.
Owen, M. J., (Presenter) "Ten years in Tlingit country: My experiences working at my tribal clinic in southeast Alaska", University of Minnesota, Duluth Medical School, Duluth, Minnesota, December 01, 2014.
Owen, M. J., (Presenter) " Lyme Disease", Minnesota Indian Education Association Conference, Minnesota Indian Education Association, White Earth, Minnesota, September 01, 2014.
Owen, M. J., (Presenter) "Why don’t they get my jokes? How do we approach the communication gap?", Annual Conference of the Alaska Society of Radiological Technicians, Juneau, Alaska, April 01, 2007.
Grants and Patents

Grants and Patents

Selected Grants

Award Dates: 2017 - 2018
Award Dates: 2016 - 2017
Award Dates: 2008 - 2015



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Administrative Contact

Kyrsten Olson,