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The shortage of surgeons in the United States is well documented. Nowhere is the need greater than in rural states like South Dakota. We are committed to providing an extraordinary surgery experience for our medical students throughout the state.

We strive to help the medical school achieve its mission of education, research and service. Our greatest emphasis remains on educating the next generation of doctors for the state and region.

Our specialties include:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • General Surgery
  • Urology
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery


Our faculty are active in a number of research projects, ranging from pulmonary embolism to diabetes.


Our department sponsors grants for emergency medical services for children.