Vice President of Health
Affairs Retires After 36
Years of Service
Rod Parry, M.D., vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of
Medicine, retired April 21, 2012.
Parry dedicated his life’s work to the betterment of medicine and medical
education in South Dakota and beyond. For 36 years, as a member of the medical
school faculty, he taught and influenced generations of physicians and other
medical professionals.
As one of the first pulmonologists in the state, Parry’s insistence on innovation,
along with his legendary bedside manner, helped to bring new treatment options to
the area, and improve the quality of health care available to patients throughout the
Parry received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy at South Dakota State
University in 1965 and a B.S. in medicine from USD in 1967. He earned his M.D.
from the University of Wisconsin in 1969.
A celebration of his career was held in early June in Sioux Falls. •
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The University of South Dakota
named Mary Dekker Nettleman, M.D.,
M.S., M.A.C.P., vice president for Health
Affairs and dean of the Sanford School of
Medicine. Nettleman began her duties in
April 2012.
Nettleman, a nationally-recognized
expert in several areas, including
epidemiologic and health outcomes
research, served as chair of the Department
of Medicine at Michigan State University
College of Human Medicine since 2003.
Previously, she served as associate dean
for Primary Care and division chief for
General Internal Medicine at Virginia
Commonwealth University, and prior to
that, she was a member of the faculty at the
Nettleman named USD Vice President
for Health Affairs and Dean of the
Sanford School of Medicine
University of Iowa College of Medicine.
A Master of the American College
of Physicians, a member of the Alpha
Omega Alpha honorary medical society
and a recipient of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention Shepard Award
for Excellence in Scientific Achievement,
Nettleman has repeatedly been listed among
the “Best Doctors in America.”
Nettleman is a graduate of Vanderbilt
Medical School, completed a residency
in internal medicine and a fellowship in
infectious diseases at Indiana University.
Nettleman earned her master’s degree in
preventive medicine/epidemiology from the
University of Iowa. •