LeeAnna Muzquiz, MD receives Regional Impact Award at NIHB Heroes in Health Awards Gala

June 11, 2024

On May 21, 2024, AAIP member LeeAnna Muzquiz, MD was honored in the National Indian Health Board Heroes in Health Awards Gala, for the Regional Impact Award for her transformative work in her region.  Dr. Muzquiz from Polson, MT, is a first-generation experienced community family physician passionate about equity and diversity in medical education. She currently serves as the Associate Dean for Admissions at the University of Washington School of Medicine overseeing the admissions process for the entire WWAMI Medical Education Program which spans five states and six campuses. She has demonstrated leadership, teaching and advocacy experience in areas of health policy, DEI, mentorship, rural health and medical education and serves in the position of Association of American Indian Physicians representative on the Minority Affairs Section Governing Council at the American Medical Association.The MAS is a member interest group within the AMA dedicated to addressing the issues and concerns of underrepresented minority physicians and improving the health of minority populations. Dr. Muzquiz is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana and she has served her tribal community as a family physician for more than 20 years. She has been involved in medical education throughout her career as clinical faculty in the department of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Muzquiz is active in advocacy and health policy work, with particular focus on strengthening the health care ecosystem for American Indians/Alaska Natives through clinical care, workforce development and mentorship.