Department Chair

Susan M. Anderson, MD, FAAFP, Associate Professor & Department Chair
Valerie Hearns, MD, FAAFP, Associate Professor and Department Vice-Chair 


Emergency Medicine Division Chief
Arleigh Trainor, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine

SD AHEC Program Director
Susan M Anderson, MD, Associate Professor

Division of Geriatrics Chief
G. Daniel Rath, MD

SD Institute of Geriatrics Director
David Sandvik, MD

Faculty and Staff

Wafa Akkad, MD, Assistant Professor and Director Pillar 2 and Pillar 3 Curriculum
Laura Harmelink, RN, Instructor and Assistant Director FARM Program
Valborg Kvigne, MBA, Instructor and Coordinator Diabetes Program
Jason Lemke, MS, Ed Development Specialist Program Evaluator, SD AHEC
Brock Rops, M Ed, Instructor and Clinical & Ed Coordinator, SD AHEC, HOSA State Advisor
Loraine Hartig, Department Manager
Lari Kooi, Senior Secretary
Erin Parham, Senior Secretary
Deb Wilka, Senior Secretary

More than 300 academic and clinical faculty members in family medicine teach medical students and residents in Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Yankton, and F.A.R.M. Program communities.


Our faculty members provide leadership in family medicine in a number of ways:

  • Leading national organizations
  • Serving on national organizational boards and esteemed hospital boards
  • Co-editing the state medical journal
  • Winning national awards for excellence
  • Scholarship through peer-reviewed publications and national presentations


Our faculty members are committed to furthering scholarship in family medicine. They wrote the book, or at least a book chapter, on everything from ambulatory care to health prevention to tropical medicine. We also regularly make presentations at national conferences.

Career Counseling

Our academic and clinical faculty members not only provide a high quality education for medical students and residents, we also act as role models to promote family medicine. We hold various activities to answer questions about family medicine, and we are always available to provide career counseling to interested students.