Wendell Hoffman receives USD med schools alumni award

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota presented its 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award to a leader on bioterrorism prevention, patient safety and medical education.

Wendell Hoffman, M.D., a 1979 graduate of the School of Medicine, is a specialist in infectious disease and the patient safety officer at Sanford USD Medical Center. After receiving both his undergraduate and medical degree from USD, he completed his residency training in internal medicine as well as a fellowship in infectious disease at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Hoffman, a clinical associate professor of internal medicine, has been part of the medical school’s faculty since 1987.

As a renowned expert on infectious diseases, his leadership has made the medical community and the state better prepared to handle pandemics. He received the South Dakota State Medical Association’s Community Service Award for his work on bioterrorism prevention. In addition to his state medical association award, Hoffman was named Doctor of the Year at Sanford USD Medical Center in 2007.

Hoffman works tirelessly on patient safety. His passion for innovation in this area includes his work as an educator. “His contribution to our school is invaluable,” noted Rodney R. Parry, vice president for health affairs and medical school dean. “As a clinical professor, he continually strives to ensure that our medical students keep pace with the latest trends in the patient safety movement.”

Hoffman was presented with the award at the annual alumni banquet, which is sponsored by the medical school and the school’s Alumni Relations Council. A photo of Dr. Hoffman is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Wendell_Hoffman.jpg.