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VERMILLION, S.D. – Dr. Gary Timmerman, surgery department chair at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, has been inducted into the prestigious American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators. This honor recognizes surgeon educators who have impacted surgical education.
A Watertown, South Dakota, native, Timmerman attended the USD School of Medicine for two years before graduating from Washington University School of Medicine in 1984. Following residency, he opened a surgical practice in Watertown. He relocated to Sioux Falls in 1998 and began teaching medical students in 2006, and in 2012 he became chair of the medical school’s surgery department. He continues to teach and lead the department.
“Dr. Timmerman is first and foremost an outstanding surgeon who provides skilled, compassionate care for his patients,” said Dr. Tim Ridgway, dean of the medical school. “The school of medicine is fortunate he shares his skills and wisdom with the next generation of physicians, and it is gratifying to see his efforts recognized. His contributions to the department of surgery cannot be overstated.”
This recognition continues Dr. Timmerman’s distinguished history with the American College of Surgeons, the second largest physician organization in the world. In 2014, Timmerman served as chair of the organization’s board of governors and currently serves on its board of regents.
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.