Leah Gustafson Ista

Leah Gustafson Ista, MD, MSPH


Emergency Medicine

Leah Gustafson Ista, MD, MSPH is an emergency medicine physician at Altru Health System. Dr. Gustafson Ista's special practices and procedures include ultrasound imaging, trauma care, procedural sedation, disaster preparedness and response, laceration repairs and wound care, intubation and airway management. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music and traveling.


Philosophy Of Medicine

"I love learning, and through medicine, I can use my knowledge and skills to better people's lives. Emergency medicine allows me to care for patients of all ages, from all different backgrounds and with all sorts of needs. Most importantly, I can be a calming and helpful presence during what is often a scary and difficult time for patients and their families."

Special Practices and Procedures

  • Ultrasound Imaging
  • Trauma Care
  • Procedural Sedation
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response
  • Laceration Repairs and Wound Care
  • Intubation and Airway Management


Medical Education

The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., Master of Science in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases
The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., Doctor of Medicine


The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., Emergency Medicine Residency


  • Point of Care Ultrasound Imaging

Teaching or Professional Positions

  • University of North Dakota Emergency Medicine Interest Group
  • ACEP Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee

Professional Memberships

  • North Dakota and National ACEP Member

Honors, Awards, etc.

  • Resident Teacher Award, The George Washington University Emergency Medicine Residency Program


  • Altru Hospital

    1200 S. Columbia Rd. Grand Forks, ND 58201

    Main: 701.780.5000
    Alternate: 800.732.4277