ANMC Sleep Medicine Medical Director, Dr. Christina Anagick Darby, recognized by the Alaska Federation of Natives with the President’s Award for HealthOctober 29, 2020
Dr. Christina Anagick Darby, ANMC Sleep Medicine Medical Director, recently received the President’s Award for Health from the Alaska Federation of Natives. The President’s Health Award is given to an Alaska Native who has improved health care for Alaska Natives. Dr. Darby is Inupiaq and Tlingit, a Tribal Member of the Native Village of Unalakleet and a shareholder of the Bering Straits Native Corporation, who nominated her for this award.
Dr. Darby has worked at ANMC since 2016. She completed her Sleep Medicine Fellowship at Stanford University, her Neurology residency at the University of Arizona Tucson and received her medical degree from the University of Washington.
“Thank you to the Alaska Native Medical Center,” said Dr. Darby. “Specifically, thank you to those at ANMC who have invested their energy and support to help bring to life the reality of ANMC’s first and very own accredited Sleep Medicine Center, with a dedicated Sleep Medicine Clinic and an integrated Sleep Lab. I was born at the old ANMC, and it is very special to me to be able to come back home and help serve my community here as a physician and medical director for our Sleep Center.”
ANMC’s Sleep Center opened in 2018 and provides consultations, sleep studies, evaluation of sleep disorders and patient education. Sleep Center physicians take a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating people with sleep disorders that can affect many aspects of health.
“The most important thing for me as a doctor is making my patients happy,” said Dr. Darby. “There is no doctor without the patient, and I dedicate this award to my patients. Thank you for allowing me into your lives, giving me a way to give back, shaping me into the doctor I am now, and inspiring me to be a better one tomorrow.”