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USD Sanford School of Medicine names new chair of pediatrics

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Archana Chatterjee, M.D., Ph.D., has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics and senior associate dean for faculty development at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.

Chatterjee comes to the Sanford School of Medicine from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., where she has served as a professor of pediatrics since 2004 and associate dean for academic and faculty affairs since 2011.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Chatterjee as our new pediatrics chair,” said Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P., dean of the Sanford School of Medicine and vice president for health affairs at USD. “She brings a wealth of experience and insight to the position, which will benefit our students and the patients they will eventually serve throughout the region and beyond.”

In addition to her distinguished career in academic medicine, Chatterjee has participated in several special training and development programs, including a Headwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Fellowship with Drexel University in 2007-08, Total Leadership (as part of an ELAM advisory group) in 2011-12 and the Leadership Development Workshop for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in 2012.

She has published extensively on a variety of topics, including immunogenicity (which examines the potential efficacy of elements within vaccines) and infection control policies within the context of children’s hospitals.

Chatterjee received her doctorate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1993, and her M.B.B.S. (equivalent to M.D.) from Pune University, Maharashtra, India, in 1983. She completed her pediatric residency at Creighton University/University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1995, and her fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases through the same program in 1998.


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