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USD Sanford School of Medicine Announces New Chair of Internal Medicine

Image Dr. Russell Wilke Dr. Russell Wilke

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.


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