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Rodney R. Parry, M.D.

Rod_Parry1A native of Canistota, S.D., Rodney R. Parry, M.D. became the 13th dean of the medical school in 2004, a capacity in which he served until his retirement on April 1, 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 healthcare available to patients throughout the region.

During his career, Parry remained active in a variety of professional organizations. He served as president of the South Dakota State Medical Association in 1998. In 2008, he was presented with the South Dakota State Medical Association Presidential Award, and from 1986 to 2004, Parry served as the director of the USD Cystic Fibrosis Center. He was also chair, Medical School Section, American Medical Association from 2007-2008.

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.