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Leah Gustafson Ista, MD, Msph Joins Altru Health System

Posted OnOctober 03, 2019

Leah Gustafson Ista, MD, MSPH has joined Altru Health System as an emergency medicine physician. Her special practices and procedures include ultrasound imaging, trauma care, procedural sedation, disaster preparedness and response, laceration repairs and wound care, intubation, and airway management.

“Emergency medicine allows me to care for patients of all ages, from all different backgrounds, and with all sorts of needs,” explains Dr. Ista. “Most importantly, I can be a calming and helpful presence during what is often a scary and difficult time for patients and their families.”

Dr. Ista earned her Master of Science in Public Health, Doctor of Medicine, and completed her Emergency Medicine Residency from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, and traveling.

About Altru Health System

Based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Altru Health System is a regional, integrated healthcare delivery system serving northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Altru is a physician-led, multispecialty group practice with an acute care hospital, Level II trauma center, specialty hospital, more than two dozen Grand Forks and regional practice locations, and a large home care network. Altru employs over 300 physicians and advanced practice providers and 3,800 staff. With a focus on advanced technology, Altru deployed the first Mako® Robotic Arm system in North Dakota and enhanced Altru’s Robotics with the recent addition of the DaVinci Xi Robotic Surgical System. In 2018, Altru was awarded fourth Most Wired® in the nation, a recognition for systems at the forefront of using healthcare information technology to improve the delivery of care. Altru Health System has received accreditation from the Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation, and has achieved 50 years of CARF accreditation at Altru’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital. Altru Health System was the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, extending Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise to the patients we serve. For more information, visit