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Mary D. Nettleman, MD, MS, MACP

Dean of the Sanford School of Medicine

Mary D. Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P., a nationally-recognized expert in several areas, including epidemiologic and health outcomes research, became the 14th dean of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine in 2012. She came to USD from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where she served as chair of their department of 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 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.” Her primary research focus is women’s health and she is currently the principal investigator on a multimillion dollar National Institute of Health grant, “Building Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health.” She also serves on the Board of the Association of Professors of Medicine.

Nettleman is a graduate of Vanderbilt Medical School. She completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Indiana University. She earned her master’s degree in preventive medicine/epidemiology from the University of Iowa.

Mary Nettlleman, MD 



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