VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has awarded its very first endowed chair position.
Dr. Keith Hansen, a reproductive endocrinologist in Sioux Falls and longtime faculty member at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, has been named the recipient of the Karl H. Wegner, MD, Chair in Medicine. It is a three-year appointment.
Hansen, a Wall, S.D. native, is the chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the medical school. He received his medical training at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., and subsequently practiced and held faculty appointments at medical institutions in Virginia, Georgia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. During that time he served 10 years in the U.S. Navy. In 1998 he returned to South Dakota to practice medicine and teach at the USD Sanford School of Medicine in Sioux Falls. He has served in a variety of significant roles at the medical center, including his current role as chair of the OB/GYN department.
The endowment to create the Karl H. Wegner, MD, Chair in Medicine was established by the late Dr. Karl H. Wegner with the support of his wife, Margaret Cash Wegner. Karl Wegner taught at the medical school starting in 1962 and became dean of the school in 1974. He also served as chief of pathology at Sioux Valley Hospital, now Sanford Health. Dr. Wegner was medical school dean from 1974 to 1980. He died in April, 2014.