SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and Sanford Clinic have named Dr. Russell Wilke chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at the medical school.
Wilke, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., is a general internist and holds the position of enterprise director of pharmacogenetics at Sanford Imagenetics. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from the same institution. Wilke has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin, the Medical College of Wisconsin and Vanderbilt University. Most recently, he has practiced general internal medicine at the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota, and has a clinical faculty appointment at the University of North Dakota. Wilke is an accomplished researcher in pharmacogenomics and still publishes.
“Dr. Wilke will continue his groundbreaking leadership with Sanford Imagenetics and Pharmacogenetics,” said Dr. Mike Farritor, M.D., senior executive vice president for Sanford Clinic.
“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Wilke as our new internal medicine chair,” added Dr. Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P., dean of the USD Sanford School of Medicine and vice president for health affairs at USD. “He has experience that touches all dimensions of our school with experience in primary care, community practice, education and research.”
Wilke replaces the retiring Dr. LuAnn Eidsness, who served as chair for 12 years and is credited with expanding the medical school's internal medicine department by adding fellowships in geriatrics and cardiology to complement an internal medicine residency.