Jerome Freeman named to John C. Sall, MD, Professorship in Medicine by USD Sanford School of Medicine

Appointment marks first endowed professorship in the medical school’s history

VERMILLION, S.D. – Dr. Jerome Freeman, Brandon, professor and chair of the Department of Neurosciences at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, has been named the recipient of the inaugural John C. Sall, MD, Professorship in Medicine.

It is the first endowed professorship in the history of the medical school. The three-year appointment recognizes Dr. Freeman’s leadership and service to the medical school, as well as his distinguished career as a physician.

Freeman’s initial assignment as a faculty member at the medical school was in 1980. He has served as professor and chair for the Neurosciences Department since 1991. Freeman is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, and he earned his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine.

The professorship is named for Dr. John Sall, a Sioux Falls native, who graduated from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, and was a founder and partner of the Central Plains Clinic in Sioux Falls. Dr. Sall died in 2010 at age 63.

“Dr. Sall was widely respected for his bravery and brilliance,” said Dr. Mary Nettleman, dean of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. “Despite battling polio and other afflictions, Dr. Sall was devoted to the medical school and his profession. His commitment is carried on through his generous gift to establish our first endowed professorship, and Dr. Freeman is an especially worthy recipient. This is an important event in the distinguished history of the medical school.”


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News