Dec 6, 2011

Timmerman named chair of surgery at Sanford School of Medicine

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Gary Timmerman, M.D., has been named chair of the Department of Surgery of the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota, effective Jan. 23, 2012.

Timmerman brings nearly 30 years of experience in surgery and teaching to the position. Most recently, Timmerman has served students and patients in the Sioux Falls area in a variety of capacities, including as chief of staff at Sanford USD Medical Center and as a clinical associate professor of surgery at the Sanford School of Medicine.

“Dr. Timmerman’s energy and commitment will be a wonderful platform on which the Department of Surgery can expand its role of providing opportunities for surgical education for South Dakota,” said Dr. Rodney Parry, dean of the Sanford School of Medicine and vice president of health affairs at USD.

Timmerman is active in numerous professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, where he serves as vice chair on its board of governors; the Western Surgical Association; the Southwestern Surgical Congress; the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the South Dakota Trauma System Statewide, where he serves as state trauma medical director.

Originally admitted to the USD School of Medicine in 1980 after completing just three years of undergraduate work, Timmerman received an honorary Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University in 1984. After two years at the USD School of Medicine, he transferred to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., where he finished his M.D. in 1984. He completed a general surgery residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. in 1989.

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About the Sanford School of Medicine

For more than a century, the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota has set the standard for medical education of students, residents and professionals in the state. The school’s mission includes education, research and service. It emphasizes family practice to help create the next generation of doctor’s for all parts of the state. The school’s economic impact includes attracting $17 million annually in research funding as well as hosting two of the four 2010 Research Centers designated by the governor.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at

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