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February 4, 2011

New orthopedic surgeon joins Hastings Hospital

A new orthopedic surgeon at Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah is the third generation of her family with a career in health care.

Deborah McAlister comes to Cherokee Nation after completing her residency at the University of Oklahoma and her fellowship studies at the University of Utah Medical School in Salt Lake City.

Her great-grandmother, Sue Lawrence-McAlister, was a graduate of the Cherokee National Female Seminary in Tahlequah and later taught there. Her grandfather was a dermatologist and a radiologist and her father was a physiatrist.

McAlister is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Medical School. While in medical school, she was active in numerous Native American activities and held many leadership roles. For the past three years, she has worked in private practice in Shawnee and developed special skills in replacement surgeries, primarily knee and hip replacements.

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