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Dr. Keith Hansen awarded first endowed chair by USD Sanford Medical School

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has awarded its very first endowed chair position.

Dr. Keith Hansen, a reproductive endocrinologist in Sioux Falls and longtime faculty member at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, has been named the recipient of the Karl H. Wegner, MD, Chair in Medicine. It is a three-year appointment.

Hansen, a Wall, S.D. native, is the chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the medical school. He received his medical training at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., and subsequently practiced and held faculty appointments at medical institutions in Virginia, Georgia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. During that time he served 10 years in the U.S. Navy. In 1998 he returned to South Dakota to practice medicine and teach at the USD Sanford School of Medicine in Sioux Falls. He has served in a variety of significant roles at the medical center, including his current role as chair of the OB/GYN department.

The endowment to create the Karl H. Wegner, MD, Chair in Medicine was established by the late Dr. Karl H. Wegner with the support of his wife, Margaret Cash Wegner. Karl Wegner taught at the medical school starting in 1962 and became dean of the school in 1974. He also served as chief of pathology at Sioux Valley Hospital, now Sanford Health. Dr. Wegner was medical school dean from 1974 to 1980. He died in April, 2014.


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, Knudson 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