Allison Kelliher

Allison Kelliher


Allison Kelliher, MD, is Koyukon Athabascan, Dena, from Nome, Alaska.  She is the first and only physician trained as a Traditional Healer in a Tribal Health setting and weaves this into her practice as a Family and Integrative Physician. She is a Research Associate  at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Indigenous Health where she enjoys working with learners.  She is the founder and former director of the American Indian Collaborative Research Network (AICoRN), a Practice-Based Research Network at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences where she is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Indigenous Health.  She is also adjunct faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of Alaska Anchorage and serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of American Indian Physicians.  She has a background in biomedical research and neuroscience, with special interests in behavioral health and health equity as well as curriculum development and integration of Global Healing Traditions into practice and education.  She is working toward decolonizing and indigenizing curriculum at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Bloomberg School of Public Health where she continues in advocacy for environmental justice with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and other organizations.  She was honored as the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumnus of the year 2022 and recently published a chapter in a textbook Walking Together, Working Together Engaging Wisdom for Indigenous Well-Being.

JHU Center Affiliation:
Center for Indigenous Health

Specialties and Expertise
  • Disparities
  • Diversity
  • Family
  • Primary Care
  • Research Design
  • Self-Care
  • Social Determinants of Health