South Dakota State Medical Association members have many opportunities to shape policy and select leaders.


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the association, which acts as the legislative and business body. It is comprised of 11 members: the president, president-elect, vice president, immediate past president, secretary-treasurer, senior American Medical Association (AMA) delegate, Policy Council chairperson, three at-large directors elected by the Policy Council from the membership of the association, and the alternate AMA delegate elected as such by the Policy Council. The alternate AMA delegate serves in a non-voting capacity.

 Benjamin C. Aaker, MD - President
 Medical school: University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha
 Residency: University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
 Specialty: Emergency Medicine
 Current practice: Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton



 Kara L. Dahl, MD - President-Elect
 Medical school: Ross University School of Medicine, Portsmouth, Dominica
 Residency: University of South Florida - Tampa
 Specialty: Emergency Medicine
 Current practice: Sanford Clinic, Aberdeen

 Lucio N. Margallo II, MD - Vice President
 Medical school: University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines
 Residency: University of South Dakota School of Medicine
 Specialty: Internal Medicine
 Current practice: Avera Medical Group Internal Medicine; Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, Mitchell



 Jennifer J. Tinguely, MD, MPH - Secretary-Treasurer
 Medical school: University of South Dakota School of Medicine
 Residency: Center for Family Medicine, Sioux Falls
 Specialty: Family Medicine
 Current practice: Falls Community Health, Sioux Falls

 

 Robert J. Summerer, DO - Immediate Past President
 Medical school: Des Moines University
 Residency: Des Moines General Hospital
 Specialty: General Surgery
 Current practice: Madison Regional Health System


 
 Denise S. Hanisch, MD - Policy Council Chair
 Medical school: University of South Dakota School of Medicine
 Residency: Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency Program, Sioux Falls
 Specialty: Family Medicine
 Current practice: Pioneer Memorial Hospital, Viborg

 

 Susan M. Anderson, MD - At-Large Director
 Medical school: University of South Dakota School of Medicine
 Residency: Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency Program
 Specialty: Family Medicine
 Current Practice: Sanford Clinic - USD Family Medicine, Sioux Falls 


 
 Jesse J. Barondeau, MD - At-Large Director
 Medical school: University of South Dakota School of Medicine
 Residency: Madigan Pediatrics Residency Program, Tacoma, Washington
 Specialty: Pediatrics
 Current practice: Avera Medical Group Pediatrics, Mitchell

 Heather Preuss, MD - At-Large Director
 Medical school: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha
 Residency: Clarkson Family Medicine, Omaha
 Specialty: Family Medicine
 Current practice: Monument Health Hot Springs Clinic


 Mary S. Carpenter, MD - Delegate to the AMA
 Medical school: USD School of Medicine
 Residency: University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Medical College
 Specialty: Family Medicine
 Current practice: State Health Department and Social Services Department

 Robert L. Allison, MD - Alternate Delegate to the AMA
 Medical school: University of Nebraska School of Medicine, Omaha
 Residency: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha
 Specialty: Internal Medicine
 Current practice: Avera Medical Group Pierre

Policy Council

The Policy Council is made up of 51 members including the Board officers, elected representatives from each district medical society, one representative from each specialty society, one representative appointed by the dean of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, and one representative each from the medical student and resident physician sections. The Policy Council adopts position statements and establishes the general policy of the association and has the sole power and authority to amend the articles of incorporation and the bylaws of the SDSMA. The Council meets twice annually, including during the SDSMA annual meeting. 

If you are interested in serving on the Policy Council, please contact your district or specialty society, or Terry Marks, Administrative Services Coordinator, at tmarks@sdsma.org or 605.336.1965.

 Policy Council Chair - Denise S. Hanisch, MD

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