USD Sanford School of Medicine Welcomes New Dean of Medical Student Affairs

Photo of Dawn Bragg. Dawn Bragg, Ph.D., joins USD as the new Dean of Medical Student Affairs at the Sanford School of Medicine.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Dawn Bragg, Ph.D., is the new Dean of Medical Student Affairs at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.

Bragg comes to USD following 22 years of service at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Jamaica native received her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University, and her M.S and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

As dean of medical student affairs at the medical school, Bragg will provide leadership regarding the medical school’s curriculum, ongoing accreditation and student educational experiences and outcomes.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Bragg to our leadership team,” said Mary Nettleman, MD, MS, MACP, dean of the USD Sanford School of Medicine. “She has extensive experience in medical school affairs and a national reputation for excellence. Her skills will help the school more fully support its students and ensure their success.”


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