Gary Timmerman, M.D.

Gary Timmerman, M.D. has been named to the Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (CSPS) representing the American College of Surgeons.

Timmerman brings over thirty years of experience in surgery, medical education and medical staff administration to this position. Most recently, Timmerman has served patients, students and medical staff in the Sioux Falls area in a variety of capacities, including Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, Sanford School of Medicine, past Chief-of-Staff at Sanford USD Medical Center and creating a new general surgery residency program training residents interested in pursuing rural and community general surgery.

He is active in numerous professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, where he recently served as Chair of its Board of Governors as well as numerous College Committees, the Western Surgical Association, the Southwestern Surgical Congress, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Society of Surgical Chairs, the Association for Surgical Education, the Society of Black Academic Surgeons and the South Dakota Trauma System Statewide, where he serves as state trauma medical director.

Originally admitted to the USD School of Medicine in 1980 after completing just three years of undergraduate work, Timmerman received an honorary Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University in 1984. After two years at the USD School of Medicine, he transferred to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, M.O., where he finished his M.D. in 1984. He completed a general surgery residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. in 1989.  Timmerman returned to his home town of Watertown, SD (population 20,000) and practiced there for a decade before moving to Sioux Falls, SD where he has practiced for nearly 20 years.