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Former USD Medical School Dean Dr. Rod Parry To Be Inducted into South Dakota Hall of Fame

Photo of Dr. Rod Parry. Dr. Rod Parry will be inducted into the S.D. Hall of Fame Sept. 7-8.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Dr. Rod Parry, dean of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine from 2004 to 2012 and a national leader in public health, will be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame at an honors ceremony to be held Sept. 7-8.

The Canistota, South Dakota native graduated from USD’s two-year medical program in 1970, and completed his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin. He returned to South Dakota in 1976, after serving in the Army during the Vietnam War, and in that year began service to South Dakota’s only medical school, a commitment that would span over four decades.

As a pulmonologist, Dr. Parry cared for countless patients and pursued meaningful and consequential research in respiratory diseases and the genetics of asthma. He served as president of the South Dakota State Medical Association, and became a Master in the American College of Physicians. His national service in a variety of positions provided South Dakota with valuable visibility and significant impact on national medical education standards.

As dean of USD’s medical school he built important bridges to the state’s medical community and institutions, boosting faculty and advancing student opportunities and scholarships. Under his leadership the medical school opened a world-class simulation center, expanded campus operations in Yankton, Rapid City and Sioux Falls, and gained national recognition for its successes educating and providing doctors to rural locations.

Dr. Parry continues to serve the medical school as a valued advisor.

Tickets for the formal induction ceremony on Sept. 8 at the Hall of Fame facility in Chamberlain become available starting June 1 through the South Dakota Hall of Fame by calling 605-234-4216, or by visiting the Hall of Fame website.


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
USD News