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Former USD Medical School Dean Honored by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Dr. Rod Parry, headshot Former dean of the USD Sanford School of Medicine, Dr. Rod Parry, will receive the prestigious Dr. Warren J. Warwick Award by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Dr. Rod Parry, who served as dean of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine from 2004 to 2012, has been selected to receive the prestigious Dr. Warren J. Warwick Award by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Dr. Parry will be presented with this award at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s annual gala sponsored by the organization’s Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter, to be held November 23, 2019 in Minneapolis.

Dr. Parry, a pulmonologist, assisted in the foundation and development of the cystic fibrosis center in South Dakota, and he also served on the national Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He was a pioneer in advocating that adult pulmonologists should treat adult patients with cystic fibrosis. He is also recognized for his research regarding respiratory diseases and the genetics of asthma.

The Canistota, South Dakota, native is past president of the South Dakota Medical Association and a Master in the American College of Physicians. Now retired, he continues to serve as an advisor to USD’s medical school.

Watch a Video About Dr. Parry's Work

Watch Dr. Parry's Acceptance Speech


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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