Longtime Dillingham doctor reflects on career and working in the hospital where she was born

Feb 24, 2017

Dr. Barbara Riley grew up in Dillingham. Now she works at the Kanakanak Hospital as a family practice physician.

Credit BBAHC

Dr. Barbara Riley was born at the Kanakanak Hospital in the 1950s. She returned to work there as a family practice doctor 30 years later. She became the first person from Dillingham to become a family practice physician and the first Alaskan Native to be appointed to medical staff at Kanakanak. She spoke with KDLG’s Avery Lill about how her journey to become a doctor and about the changes she has seen at the hospital through the years.

Contact the author at avery@kdlg.org or 907-842-5281.