USD Grad Named Chief Medical Officer for Sanford International Clinics

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Dr. Scott Boyens, a graduate of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, is the new chief medical officer for Sanford International Clinics.

Boyens will manage medical care for Sanford International Clinic locations in the United States and abroad and ensure the implementation of Sanford’s clinical models at those sites. He replaces Pat O’Brien, M.D., who is retiring. Boyens, who has been a family medical physician with Sanford since 1998, will maintain his family medicine practice at Sanford's 49th and Oxbow Family Medicine​ in Sioux Falls.
Boyens received his undergraduate degree from Augustana University and is board certified in family medicine.
Sanford International Clinics launched in 2007 as an initiative to develop clinics in the United States and around the world in areas that lack adequate primary care services. There are currently three domestic locations and sites in China and Africa.


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