Mar 4, 2014

USD Sanford School of Medicine announces Susan Anderson as chair of the Department of Family Medicine

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine announced today that Susan Anderson, M.D., director of the Frontier and Rural Medicine (FARM) Program, has been named the next chairperson of the Sanford School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine, replacing Dr. Bruce Vogt who will retire in June. Dr. Anderson has been a faculty member in the Family Medicine Department of the USD Sanford School of Medicine since 2000.

Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P., vice president of health affairs and dean of the Sanford School of Medicine, said that Anderson, a 1997 graduate of the School of Medicine, will oversee the department and work effectively and collegially with colleagues in the community and throughout the state to advance the mission of the Family Medicine Department in both rural and urban areas.

“We’re pleased to have Dr. Anderson lead the Department of Family Medicine as her experience with the FARM Program and her knowledge of family medicine are a perfect fit for the Sanford School of Medicine,” Nettleman stated. “Dr. Anderson is a team player with highly developed skills in collaboration, communication and mentorship. She has the ability to inspire and mentor students as well as lead a talented faculty and staff.”

Dr. Anderson, a native of Canistota, S.D., graduated from South Dakota State University in 1992 and graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in 1997. She was chief resident at the Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency Program and is board certified in Family Medicine while practicing at Sanford USD Physicians Clinic in Sioux Falls and Canistota. She currently serves as medical director of the Canistota Good Samaritan Center.  In addition to serving as director of the FARM Program, Anderson is currently associate professor and vice-chair of Clinical Foundations and Rural Education, director of the Clinical Foundations component of Pillar 1, and a member of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s Primary Care Task Force and the USD Sanford School of Medicine Alumni Council. She and her husband Matt reside in Canistota and have four children.

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About the Sanford School of Medicine

For more than a century, the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine 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 doctors 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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