Leah Gustafson Ista MD,MSPH

Leah Gustafson Ista, MD, MSPH

  • Emergency Medicine


Altru Hospital

1200 S. Columbia Rd.
Grand Forks, ND, 58201

About Me

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."

  • Resident Teacher Award, The George Washington University Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Professional Memberships
  • North Dakota and National ACEP Member
  • University of North Dakota Emergency Medicine Interest Group
  • ACEP Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee


Medical School

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 
The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Board Certification
  • Point of Care Ultrasound Imaging 
Medical Interests
Special Clinical Interests:
  • Ultrasound Imaging
  • Trauma Care
  • Procedural Sedation
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response
  • Laceration Repairs and Wound Care
  • Intubation and Airway Management