Dr. Judith Salmon Kaur is an oncologist dedicated to researching cancer in Native Americans. She is Choctaw/Cherokee and the first member of her family to complete high school. Her career as a teacher helped her realize she wanted to continue her education. She earned a bachelor of science from the University of North Dakota’s Indians into Medicine (INMED) program. In 1979, Dr. Kaur completed her MD with honors from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Dr. Kaur is the Director of Native American Programs at the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center and she teaches oncology as an associate professor at Mayo Medical School. Her role oversees programs geared toward cancer education and prevention.

Learn more at the National Institutes of Health.