Faculty Recognition, Awards and Appointed Offices

2016 Awards

  • H. Eugene Hoyme, M.D., was awarded the David Smith Award for genetics education by the American Academy of Pediatrics at the American College of Medical Genetics.
  • Archana Chatterjee, M.D., been elected as chair-elect of the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Women in Medicine and Science.
  •  Jon Ryckman, M.D., has been appointed director of Emergency Medical Services for Children in South Dakota.
  • Suzy Reuter, M.D., has been appointed assistant dean for student affairs on the Sioux Falls campus of Sanford School of Medicine.
  • Sarah Jones-Sapienza, M.D., has been appointed interim chief of the division of pediatric surgery.
  •  Joe Zenel, M.D., has been appointed chief academic officer of academic affairs at Sanford Health, and will continue as program director for the pediatrics residency.
  •  David Munson, M.D., has received the Pioneer Award from Sanford Health.
  •  Margaret Kuehler, M.D., agreed to serve as the director of the West River pediatric rotations.
  • Michelle Schimelpfenig, M.D., has been selected to serve as director of pediatric education in the medical school.
  • Archana Chatterjee, M.D., has been appointed to the Infectious Diseases Society of America Task Force on Practice Guidelines.
  • Michelle Baack, M.D., has been accepted to the Society for Pediatric Research.
  • Drs. Theresa Stamato and Edgard Bendaly have both passed the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Board exam and are the only ones certified in South Dakota.
  • Sam Milanovich, M.D., represented Sanford Research at the Cancer Breakthroughs 2020 news conference in February in Phoenix, Arizona.
  •  Joe Zenel, M.D., has been elected to the M.D./Ph.D. admissions committee, the Promotions and Tenure Committee and the Student Progress and Conduct Committee of Sanford School of Medicine.
  • Jody Huber, M.D., has been elected to the faculty council of Sanford School of Medicine.
  •  Jennifer Reed, M.D., has been elected to the admissions committee of the Sanford School of Medicine.
  • Jill Weimer, M.D., received the EmBe Tribute to Women Award in health care and STEM.
  • Rachel Laufmann in Dr. Jill Weimer’s lab has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards at USD.
  • Archana Chatterjee, M.D., has been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
  • David Pearce, M.D., has been elected as the central region’s representative for the National Association of IDeA Principal Investigators.
  • Jerry Blake, M.D., received the Collaboration Award from the Center for Disabilities.
  •  Paul Thompson, M.D., has been elected to the Student Research Committee at Sanford School of Medicine.
  • Susan Puumala, M.D., has been elected to the Research Committee and the Promotion and Tenure Committee at Sanford School of Medicine.
  • Kamesh Surendran, Ph.D., has been elected to the M.D./Ph.D. admissions committee at Sanford School of Medicine.
  • Joe Segeleon, M.D. is the recipient of the Sanford Physician of the Year Award.
  • Archana Chatterjee, M.D., has been selected to participate in a year-long fellowship sponsored by the AAMC Council of Deans. She is one of five senior leaders in the U.S. selected for this fellowship.

2015 Awards

  • Dennis Stevens, M.D., served as a member of the Sanford Health international delegation to Calmete International Hospital, Kunming, China, from Oct. 10-17, 2015.
  • Megan Landsverk, M.D., was the recipient of the EmBe Award from Avera in 2015. 

2015-2016 Departmental Faculty Awards

Suzanne Reuter, M.D.

The Outstanding Mentor Award is given to a faculty member who has served as an outstanding mentor to other faculty at the Sanford School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.

Gary Neidich, M.D.

The Master Clinician Award is given to a faculty member who has an outstanding reputation for knowledge of disease processes, skill in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and care of patients.

Kyle Roux, Ph.D.

The Distinguished Researcher Award is given to a faculty member who has made significant contributions to the advancement of an area of biomedical behavioral, or medical, as evidenced by publications, national/international recognition, sustained record of competitive grant support by intramural and extramural agencies, and other scholarly activity while at the Department of Pediatrics.

Stephen Messier, M.D.

The Dedicated Teacher Award is given to a faculty member who, through meritorious teaching of biomedical, behavioral or clinical sciences, has left a mark of excellence and provided students and residents with a critical understanding of the faculty member’s discipline.

Alexandra Shaller, M.D.

The Outstanding Resident Award is given to one graduating resident recognized as the pediatric resident who consistently demonstrated excellence and commitment to pediatric medical education.