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USD Sanford School of Medicine’s Gary Timmerman Elected to American College of Surgeons Board of Regents

Photo of Dr. Gary Timmerman. USD's Dr. Gary Timmerman has been elected to serve on the Board of Regents for the American College of Surgeons.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Gary Timmerman, M.D., professor and chair of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine Department of Surgery, has been elected to serve on the Board of Regents for the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Dr. Timmerman joins 23 other regents elected to direct the Chicago-based ACS, considered one of the world’s most prestigious medical organizations. Founded in 1913, it has more than 80,000 members from across the United States and around the globe.

Dr. Timmerman is also a surgeon at Sanford Surgical Associates in Sioux Falls. The Watertown, South Dakota, native attended the University of South Dakota School of Medicine before graduating from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Timmerman has extensive leadership experience with ACS, including serving as president of the South Dakota chapter, and a variety of other regional and national positions during the past 20 years. During 2013 -2014, he was chair of the national ACS Board of Governors.

Dr. Timmerman is just the second South Dakota physician to serve on the ACS Board of Regents. Yankton, South Dakota - based Dr. Chester McVay, another surgeon who was affiliated with the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, served from 1974 to 1983.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
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