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Dr. Mary Nettleman

An Exceptional Lasting Legacy for Humane and Accomplished Health Care

Dr. Mary Nettleman served as medical school dean and vice president of USD’s Division of Health Affairs from April 2, 2012, until her retirement on Aug. 31, 2020.

She challenged us by proclaiming that our medical school was among the nation’s finest. She encouraged us to embrace leadership roles within the national medical community. She declared that our medical students could compete with medical students from any other university. She championed formalizing an innovative, new concept – kindness in medical education and practice – that became an emphasis in our curriculum and throughout the culture of our institution.

It’s impossible to compile a comprehensive list of Dr. Mary Nettleman’s contributions to the University of South Dakota and its school of medicine. Some of those contributions can be quantified, but many of them cannot. How can the impact of her optimism be cataloged? How can we calculate the influence on the institution stemming from her willingness to pursue ambitious, collaborative and progressive initiatives and programs?

Dr. Nettleman came to the University of South Dakota as a talented, accomplished physician, researcher and leader in academic medicine. But she was initially viewed as an outsider, arriving here from the medical school at Michigan State University, and many were anxious about what her plans might be for USD’s medical school.

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