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USD Sanford School of Medicine Announces Dean of Rural Medicine Position

Dr. Susan Anderson, 2019 Distinguished Alumni winner. Dr. Susan Anderson has been named the first Dean of Rural Medicine for the USD Sanford School of Medicine.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Dr. Susan Anderson has been named the first Dean of Rural Medicine at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. This new position recognizes the importance of rural medicine in South Dakota.

“The new title and responsibilities recognize Dr. Anderson’s outstanding and ongoing work supporting rural medicine through collaborations with rural physicians, hospitals and clinics,” said Mary Nettleman, M.D., dean of the medical school.

Nettleman said the new position will seek to expand the number of meaningful rural medical experiences that students at the university’s medical school can have. The position will also pursue external funding to support initiatives aiding rural health care and encouraging pre-college South Dakotans to enter careers in medicine and the health professions.

Dr. Anderson will continue serving the medical school in other capacities, including as the director of its Frontier and Rural Medicine (FARM) program and also as chair of the Department of Family Medicine. She resides in Canistota, South Dakota, maintains a medical practice in that community and in Sioux Falls, and is a 1997 graduate of the USD Sanford School of Medicine.


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