American College of Physicians Recognizes Medical School Faculty

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Three members of the faculty at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine were recently honored by the American College of Physicians (ACP), South Dakota Chapter.

Dr. Josh Henderson, Mobridge, South Dakota, is chief of staff at Mobridge Regional Health and Clinics. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor in internal medicine and helps mentor USD medical students who study and work in the medical school’s FARM program at the Mobridge hospital. Henderson was named early career physician of the year by ACP’s South Dakota chapter.

Dr. Catherine Gerrish has an internal medicine practice in Watertown, South Dakota, and also serves as a clinical assistant professor in internal medicine for the USD Sanford School of Medicine. She is former chief of staff at Prairie Lakes Hospital and is a graduate of the USD Sanford School of Medicine. Gerrish was honored with ACP’s South Dakota Chapter Laureate Award for medical excellence, as well as for her commitment to education, community and the medical profession.

Dr. Tim Ridgway is the director of endoscopy at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Sioux Falls. He also serves as executive dean, associate professor and dean of faculty affairs at the USD Sanford School of Medicine. Ridgway, a graduate of the med school and a resident of Brandon, South Dakota, was named ACP’s South Dakota Chapter Teacher of the Year.


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.


Michael Ewald
USD News