2023 SDSMA Awards

The SDSMA presented its 2023 awards to recipients at the annual banquet on June 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Sioux Falls.

  • The SDSMA’s Distinguished Service Award recognizes a physician or lay person who has been of outstanding service to the medical profession in South Dakota. This year the Distinguished Service Award recipient is Robert L. Allison, MD of Pierre.

  •  The Outstanding Young Physician Award was presented to Randall J. Waldner, MD of Redfield. This award is given to a young physician under 40 or within the first eight years of professional practice after residency and fellowship training. This physician is recognized for outstanding achievements, dedication and service to the community and the SDSMA at the local, state and national levels.

  • The SDSMA's Community Service Award is presented each year to a physician who separates themselves through outstanding work in the area of community affairs. This year the award was given to Daniel G. Petereit, MD of Rapid City.

  • Angela Kennecke, founder of Emily’s Hope, received the SDSMA’s Richard P. Holm, MD, Media Award. The Media Award recognizes those who have helped promote the medical field and medical issues.

  • The Young at Heart Award is presented to a physician who has inspired young physicians as a mentor, role model and leader. This year’s recipient is Kenric D. Malmberg, MD of Brookings.

  • Kara L. Dahl, MD of Aberdeen received the SDSMA’s Past President’s Award. This award is presented each year to the immediate past president of the SDSMA in recognition of their many years of work and dedication to the SDSMA.

  • Terry M. Marks, administrative services coordinator for the SDSMA, received the Special Presidential Award. This award is chosen by the SDSMA president to recognize the recipient’s contributions to the medical profession.

  • The Friend of Medicine Award was presented to Sen. Bryan Breitling. This award is given in recognition of contributions serving as an effective advocate for health care and the medical profession.

  • The COPIC Humanitarian Award honors a physician for volunteer medical services and contributions to their community. Matt Owens, MD of Redfield is the recipient of this year’s award. The award recognizes individuals who unassumingly volunteer outside the spectrum of their day-to-day lives. The recipient of the award designates a $10,000 donation from COPIC to be provided to a health care-related 501(c)(3) organization in South Dakota. Dr. Owens has chosen Community Memorial Hospital/Clinic Foundation as the donation recipient.

50-Year Awards

Nine physicians were recognized with the SDSMA’s 50-Year Award for medical practice in South Dakota. These physicians have been practicing medicine for a half-century and have contributed greatly to the medical profession.

  • Robert L. Ferrell, MD of Spearfish
  • Lawrence W. Finney, MD of Winchester, Calif.
  • Carroll D. Isburg, MD of Yankton
  • Earl D. Kemp, MD of Sioux Falls
  • Robert J. Meyer, Sr., MD of Omaha
  • David P. Munson, MD of Sioux Falls
  • Dennis D. Ries, MD of Freeman
  • Ronald M. Rossing, MD of Bloomington, Minn.
  • Chung H. Taun, MD of Yankton

South Dakota State Medical Association
2600 W 49th St Ste 100
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone: 605.336.1965 | Fax: 605.274.3274

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