Medical school alum wins family doctor award

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 1980 graduate of the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota is the South Dakota Family Doctor of the Year. The South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians honored Dr. Martin Christensen with the award at its annual conference last month.

Christensen is a family medicine physician in Mitchell. During his career, he served the communities of Sturgis, Sioux Falls, Mitchell and Ft. Polk, La. He graduated from USD’s medical school in 1980 and completed his residency at Womak Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Christensen recently retired from a 33-year career in the military. He served in three deployments overseas and earned a Bronze Star for voluntarily staying beyond the normal 90-day deployment on his second tour in Iraq (see www.usd.edu/urelations/news/Bronze_Star_narrative.pdf).

He has served as president of the medical school’s alumni association, president of the state academy of family physicians, colonel in the U.S. Army and commander of a U.S. Army Hospital.

Christensen and his wife Cindy, a nurse who served with him on his second tour of Iraq, have eight children. He is a member of the American Red Cross in the Mitchell area, a board member of the South Dakota Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a Sunday School teacher at his local church.  He has served on a number of local boards and committees.

A photo of Dr. Christensen is available for download at www.usd.edu/urelations/images/Christensen.JPG.