Sanford Health Hires USD Alum as New Medical Officer

Image Timothy Donelan Dr. Timothy Donelan, a USD Sanford School of Medicine graduate named VP and medical officer for the Sanford Health Plan.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A University of South Dakota School of Medicine graduate and former Sanford Health family medicine physician is the new vice president and medical officer for the Sanford Health Plan.

Timothy P. Donelan, M.D., transitioned from his practice to Sanford’s health insurance division last month. Donelan, a native of Montrose, South Dakota, has practiced at Sanford for more than 20 years, most recently at Sanford 49th and Oxbow Family Medicine in Sioux Falls. He received his undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University. Donelan is board certified and fellowship trained in family medicine.

As vice president and medical officer, Donelan is responsible for developing and implementing policies relating to member care programs and provider relationships. He is also the primary liaison between Sanford Health Plan management and contracted providers.

Part of Sanford’s integrated system, Sanford Health Plan is a non-profit health insurance company spanning multiple levels of care from individuals, families, groups and businesses. Sanford Health Plan’s commercial HMO has received Commendable Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 43 hospitals and nearly 250 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 27,000 employees, including 1,400 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit


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