USD med school faculty member is family physician of the year

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Earl Kemp., M.D., was awarded the 2010 South Dakota Family Doctor of the Year by the South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians. Kemp is an associate professor of family medicine with the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota.

Kemp is the director of the Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency Program at the Center for Family Medicine. He has been associated with the medical school for more than 30 years. Kemp serves as a tuberculosis consultant and clinician for the South Dakota Department of Health. His professional interests include smoking cessation, patient education, disease prevention and maternity care.

He received his medical degree in 1972 from the University of Iowa and interned at McKennan Hospital. The Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency was created in 1973 and has 300 graduates. The program is sponsored by Avera McKennan and Sanford Health Hospitals and is affiliated with the medical school.

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