It is the first endowed professorship in the history of the medical school. The three-year appointment recognizes Dr. Freeman’s leadership and service to the medical school, as well as his distinguished career as a physician.

Freeman’s initial assignment as a faculty member at the medical school was in 1980. He has served as professor and chair for the Neurosciences Department since 1991. Freeman is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, and he earned his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine.

The professorship is named for Dr. John Sall, a Sioux Falls native, who graduated from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, and was a founder and partner of the Central Plains Clinic in Sioux Falls. Dr. Sall died in 2010 at age 63.

“Dr. Sall was widely respected for his bravery and brilliance,” said Dr. Mary Nettleman, dean of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. “Despite battling polio and other afflictions, Dr. Sall was devoted to the medical school and his profession. His commitment is carried on through his generous gift to establish our first endowed professorship, and Dr. Freeman is an especially worthy recipient. This is an important event in the distinguished history of the medical school.”

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