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Timothy Hsieh, M.D. ’98

For East coast born and bred Timothy Hsieh, M.D. ’98, working at a hospital operated by the Cherokee Nation offers an opportunity for meaningful interactions with his patients.

Timothy Hsieh, M.D. ’98

Timothy Hsieh, M.D. ’98

Transplanted to Oklahoma, he feels at home

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Trained in the Eastern states in internal medicine and geriatrics, Timothy Hsieh, M.D. ’98, moved to Tahlequah to work as a hospitalist in a clinic at the W.W. Hastings Hospital, a 60-70 bed facility that is part of the Indian Health Service under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Cherokee Nation operates the hospital, which cares exclusively for Native Americans. A hospitalist follows cases from admission to discharge, which allows them to develop good rapport with patients. This is especially important in the Native American community, whose traditions and beliefs may foment distrust of Western medical care. Something as simple as “language could be a hindrance to educating Native Americans about why we’re giving them medicine,” Dr. Hsieh says, “and I’ve had patients who seek their own healers.”

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