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Kelly Acton

Expert Profile

Kelly Acton

Indian Health Service Diabetes Program
Indian Health Service
Crow, Flathead and Cherokee Indian reservations
diabetes in Indian populations
prevention of Type 2 diabetes
care of patients with diabetes


Dr. Kelly Acton is director of the Indian Health Service Diabetes Program. She has worked in the Indian Health Service for more than 20 years. In 1981, Dr. Acton earned her M.D. degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and in 1996, her M.P.H. from the University of Washington. She is board-certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She has worked on the Crow and Flathead Indian reservations in Montana and the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina. In September 1997 she was asked to move to Albuquerque to assume her current position as director of the Indian Health Service's division of diabetes treatment and prevention. Dr. Acton is active in national diabetes activities. She serves on the NIH's Diabetes Interagency Coordinating Committee, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson's Diabetes Detection Initiative steering committee and the steering committee of the National Diabetes Education Program. She was a co-investigator with the Southwest Indian Center of the Diabetes Prevention Program, an NIH multicenter trial that showed Type 2 diabetes could be prevented. She has published numerous articles on diabetes in American Indians, including three articles on improving diabetes care for patients, and collaborated with the International Diabetes Center in the development of practice guidelines for prevention of diabetes complications. Dr. Acton is married to John Peterson, a clinical pharmacist, has two children.

5300 Homestead Road, N.E.
Albuquerque  New Mexico  87110
United States
Office Phone: 
(505) 248-4182
Office Fax: 
(505) 248-4188


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