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Neurosciences
Basic Biomedical Sciences 
Lee Medical Building 
414 E. Clark St. 
Vermillion, SD 57069
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Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Welcome to the Department of Neurosciences

Neurological problems are commonly encountered in primary care. Our faculty teaches future physicians to diagnose and effectively treat common neurological conditions.

The Department of Neurosciences interacts with medical students throughout the four-year curriculum, offering educational experiences such as sessions on history-taking and neurological examination, longitudinal integrated clerkships, a seminar on palliative and hospice care and interactive interdisciplinary group discussions, among others. These experiences are led by expert faculty who are leaders in education and scholarship.


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Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Department of Neurosciences. Our faculty are experts in their field, delivering excellence in education and scholarship and maintaining involvement in various clinical trials.
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Jerome Freeman

Chair/Neurosciences
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Jerome Freeman

Chair/Neurosciences
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Sheila Agee

Instructor
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Abdul Alchaki

Clinical Assistant Professor
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Amber Allen

Clinical Instructor
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Shola Aluko

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Nessim Amin

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Cameo Anders

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Trevor Anderson

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Susan Assam

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Srinivas Bandi

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Jordan Baye

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Lora Black

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Thomas Boetel

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Jeffrey Boyle

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Derek Buck

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George Ceremuga

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Molly Clark

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Erica DeBoer

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Lien Diep

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Christopher Dietrich

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Lisa Docken

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Xuesheng Feng

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Robert Finley

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Kathryn Florio

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Michael Gibbs

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Joanne Gunderson

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John Hansen

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Steven Hata

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Mei He

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Peter Hoesing

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Rebecca Holso

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Barbara Hoover

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Emily Hutchinson

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Christopher Janssen

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Fanny Jaquez

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Misty Jensen

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Peter Johnson

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Eric Kelts

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Jae Kim

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Kathleen Kovarik

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Brett Lawlor

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Lance Lim

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Robert MacLachlan

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Eugenio Matos

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Yunis Mayasi

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Jamie Messerli

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Craig Mills

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Conrad Nievera

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AnnMilliken Pederson

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Justin Persson

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Judith Peterson

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Wijdan Rai

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Daniel Rasmussen

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Andrew Ridder

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Thomas Ripperda

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William Rossing

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Cristina Sanders

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Divyajot Sandhu

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Jose Santos

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Adil Shaikh

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Jonathon Sorensen

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Brian Tschida

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Nnamdi Uhegwu

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Michelle VanDemark

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Lisa Viola

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Peter Vonderau

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Justin Warfel

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Laurie Weisensee

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Brian Westerhuis

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Xiyan Yi

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Todd Zimprich

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Physician's Taking Care of a Patient.

Ethics and Humanities 

Bioethics and professionalism are important elements of medical education. This component of the curriculum in the Sanford School of Medicine supports and enhances ethical decision-making skills, compassion, respect and integrity when faced with ethical challenges.

We sponsor periodic ethics and professionalism teachings sessions for Pillar 1 students, a clinical ethics online course for Pillar 2 students, a clinical elective in bioethics for Pillar 3 students and a bioethics certificate.

student success story

Success story Kristen Quigley smiling.
I chose neuroscience because I found myself interested in how the brain worked, and wanted to dive deeper into the structure and function of the human mind. The neuroscience program at USD has allowed me to conduct research with amazing faculty mentors, who have gone above and beyond to help me achieve my post-graduate goals. I hope to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology, or a related field, so that I can continue my research as a professor. 

Kristen Quigley

B.S. Neuroscience, Cognitive '22
Durham, Ontario