USD Sanford School of Medicine Graduate Wins National Award

Stacy Kern, M.D., a 2014 graduate of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, has been recognized as a national research award winner by the Society of Pediatric Research. Dr. Kern’s research addressed the impacts of maternal diabetes and fat intake on fetal health and the risk of cardiovascular disease in the developing offspring. Funding assistance for this research was provided by the University of South Dakota - Sanford School of Medicine and Sanford Research. Dr. Kern worked with a team of research scientists in the Children’s Health Research Center in Sioux Falls.

Dr. Kern has been invited to present her research and findings and accept her award at the upcoming annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Society, to be held in San Diego, Calif.

Dr. Kern has served since her graduation from medical school as a resident at the Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls. This summer she will begin a fellowship in neonatology at the University of Iowa.

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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