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Timmerman named chair of surgery at Sanford School of Medicine

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Gary Timmerman, M.D., has been named chair of the Department of Surgery of the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota, effective Jan. 23, 2012.

Timmerman brings nearly 30 years of experience in surgery and teaching to the position. Most recently, Timmerman has served students and patients in the Sioux Falls area in a variety of capacities, including as chief of staff at Sanford USD Medical Center and as a clinical associate professor of surgery at the Sanford School of Medicine.

“Dr. Timmerman’s energy and commitment will be a wonderful platform on which the Department of Surgery can expand its role of providing opportunities for surgical education for South Dakota,” said Dr. Rodney Parry, dean of the Sanford School of Medicine and vice president of health affairs at USD.

Timmerman is active in numerous professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, where he serves as vice chair on its board of governors; the Western Surgical Association; the Southwestern Surgical Congress; the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the South Dakota Trauma System Statewide, where he serves as state trauma medical director.

Originally admitted to the USD School of Medicine in 1980 after completing just three years of undergraduate work, Timmerman received an honorary Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University in 1984. After two years at the USD School of Medicine, he transferred to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., where he finished his M.D. in 1984. He completed a general surgery residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. in 1989.

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USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News