Oct 25, 2011

Dennis Stevens named interim chair of pediatrics at med school

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Dennis C. Stevens, M.D., has been named interim chair of the Department of Pediatrics of the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota, effective Oct. 1.

Stevens has practiced in the field of neonatology in Sioux Falls, S.D. since 1980. Throughout his career, Stevens has published widely the results of his research, especially that involving the impact of the neonatal intensive care nursery environment upon the developing premature newborn and family. He has also successfully authored a number of federal grants through HRSA (valued at nearly $10 million), which have funded an ongoing educational program regarding the evaluation and ongoing treatment of infants and young children with disabilities and special health care needs.

“I came to the School of Medicine over 30 years ago as a young academic clinician,” Stevens said. “I am honored and very happy to serve the School and the Department of Pediatrics during this time when many transitions will take place.”

For his work in the field of disabilities, Stevens was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities in Washington, D.C. in 2010.  In 2007, he received the Pioneer Award from the South Dakota Perinatal Association for his work in neonatal/perinatal medicine. 

Stevens received a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Indiana University Bloomington in 1971, his Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1974 and his Master of Science in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan in 1993. He completed residency training in pediatrics and neonatal/perinatal medicine at the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children of the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1980.      

A photograph of Dr. Stevens is available for download www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Dennis_Stevens.jpg.

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