BELCOURT -- Dr. Monica Mayer, the chief medical officer and clinical director of the Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Center in Belcourt, has been appointed to serve on a national advisory committee on infant mortality.
Mayer, an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes who is originally from New Town, received word of her appointment in a letter from Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Health and Human Services secretary. She will serve a three-year term ending in January 2014 on the Infant Mortality Committee of the Health Resources and Services Administration. The administration is part of the U.S. Health and Human Services.
"I am very honored to serve on such a prestigious committee. Many of us doctors wait a lifetime to be on such a committee," Mayer said.
File Photo - - Dr. Monica Mayer, the chief medical officer and clinical director of the Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Center in Belcourt, has been appointed to serve on a national advisory committee on infant mortality.
Mayer received her bachelor of science degree in education, in 1983 from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. She was a staff sergeant medic in the Army Reserve from 1984 to 2000. She received her doctorate of medicine in 1995 from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks in 1995. She completed her residency in 1996-1999 through UND Family Medicine.
"It has been a difficult journey of education but the purpose of it was to serve Indian people in the frontline of medicine," Mayer said.
The Belcourt health center is a U.S. Public Health Service hospital with 22 providers. It has 27 beds and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.