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USD Sanford School of Medicine Alumni Honors Dr. Susan Anderson

Dr. Susan Anderson, 2019 Distinguished Alumni winner. Dr. Susan Anderson was named the USD Sanford School of Medicine's 2019 Distinguished Alumni.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine Alumni Relations Council has named Dr. Susan Anderson as the school’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni. The award honors a graduate of the medical school who graduated at least ten years prior to being nominated and has an ongoing interest and involvement in the medical school.

Dr. Anderson, of Canistota, South Dakota, is a member of the USD Sanford School of Medicine Class of 1997. In addition to maintaining a private practice in Sioux Falls and Canistota, she has served as chair of the department of family medicine at the medical school since 2014, directs the school’s FARM (Farm and Rural Medicine) program and leads the South Dakota Area Health Education Center as program director. In 2012 Anderson was appointed to serve on Governor Dennis Daugaard’s Primary Care Task Force, and she is a graduate of the Hedwig van Amerigen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program.


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