State association honors USD medical school professors

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Six professors with the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota were honored recently by the South Dakota State Medical Association.

  • Christopher Dietrich, M.D., of Rapid City, received the Outstanding Young Physician Award. He is a 2001 graduate of the medical school and a clinical assistant professor in family medicine. He was honored for making patient care a priority as well as initiating the process of prescription drug monitoring in South Dakota.

  • H. Bruce Vogt, M.D., and Keith Hansen, M.D., both of Sioux Falls, received the association’s Media Award. Vogt is a 1972 graduate of the medical school. He is a professor of family medicine as well as chair of the department. Hansen is a professor of OB/GYN as well as chair of the department. Both were honored for their dedication as co-editors of South Dakota’s only peer-reviewed medical journal, South Dakota Medicine.

  • Marvin Buehner, M.D., of Rapid City, received the Community Service Award. Buehner is a clinical assistant professor of OB/GYN. He was honored for his passion for women’s health issues as well as his work to make South Dakota smoke-free.

  • William C. Fuller, M.D., received the Distinguished Service Award for his significant contributions to residency and medical school education as well as his consultative practice at community health centers in the region. Fuller is a professor of psychiatry at the medical school.

  • Tony Berg, M.D., received the association’s Past President’s Award. He was honored for his last year as president as well as his previous service to the organization. Berg is a 1978 graduate of the medical school and a clinical professor of family medicine.