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Podcast Credit Hour Interviews New Dean of Sanford School of Medicine

Tim Ridgway Podcast image New USD Vice President of Health Affairs and Sanford School of Medicine Dean Tim Ridgway, M.D., discusses changes in the health care field brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota Vice President of Health Affairs and Sanford School of Medicine Dean Tim Ridgway, M.D., discussed his new role, changes in the health care field brought on by the pandemic, and what the Sanford School of Medicine is seeking in an applicant on the podcast Credit Hour.

“I think we can go in one of two directions when we deal with something like a pandemic,” said Ridgway. “We can just claw our way to the end and say let’s get back to our normal lives. Or you can learn from it, and by learning from it, I think it makes us all more effective in our daily lives and how we approach others.”

Ridgway, a 1984 graduate of the USD Sanford School of Medicine, has been practicing medicine in the state since 1991. He previously served as executive dean, dean of faculty affairs and professor in the department of internal medicine for the Sanford School of Medicine, and he recently retired as a staff physician and director of gastrointestinal endoscopy at the Royal C. Johnson Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital in Sioux Falls. Ridgway started as dean September 1.

“If we’re lucky, we all find something in life that’s more than work—that’s a calling. That’s what medicine has been for me,” said Ridgway discussing what brought him to the healthcare field.

Ridgway has received several accolades, including being named a Top Gastroenterologist in Sioux Falls by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals for 2018-2020 and one of Best Doctors in America since 2010. He received the Presidential Award from the South Dakota State Medical Association in 2017. Ridgway is currently the Dr. Charley F. and Elizabeth Gutch Chair in Medicine, and he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2017 from the Sanford School of Medicine.

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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.


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