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Induction Category & YearProfessional 1997
Home TownSioux Falls, SD
Sioux Falls, SD

   Loren Amundson
Champion of Excellence

 Loren H. Amundson graduated from the University of South Dakota (USD) and the then 2 year School of Medicine at USD and received his M. D. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1956. Following graduate training at Charles T. Miller Hospital in St. Paul MN and general medical officer duty at Ft. Hood, TX, Loren began his 37-year medical career, starting at the Peabody Clinic in Webster, SD.

During his five years in Webster, Dr. Amundson served as Day County Health Officer, was active in the Jaycees serving as local president and state secretary and served on the school board. He began what would eventually become his academic career by serving as a sophomore preceptor for USD School of Medicine. <p>The next ten years of Dr. Amundson's practice were spent with the Donahoe Clinic (now Central Plains Clinic). While there he served three years as a city counselor at Boy's State, served as SD Penitentiary physician, and was active as a Sioux Falls Public school sport team physician, served on Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Dr. Amundson also served on the sponsoring committee for the NCC Holiday basketball Tourney during all 25 years of the tourney's existence. <p>During these early years Dr. Amundson volunteered to become the chapter executive for the SD Academy of Family Physicians launching a 25 year career of service to his medical specialty of Family Practice which provides grant funding for medical student, family practice resident and practicing family physician projects throughout the state. He was recognized as SD Family Doctor of the Year in 1989. <p>In 1974 Dr. Amundson left full time practice to become the founding chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the newly legislated four-year degree granting USDSM, the beginning of his 22-year academic career of service to his specialty. During these years Dr. Amundson was the founding counselor and secretary-treasurer of the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society at USDSM board member and secretary-treasurer of the USDSM Alumni Foundation for over 15 years serving as alumni director ten of these years and was editor of USD Medicine for ten years, authoring the article "1907-89 history of USDSM" in USD Medicine. <p>Although busy and active in these affairs, Dr. Loren Amundson never lost his focus on service to under-served populations. He served as medical director of the federally funded and city-sponsored Sioux River Valley Community Health Center in Sioux Falls for nearly ten years. In 1990, he was appointed by Governor George S. Mickelson as the initial director of the SD Office of Rural Health. During this time Dr. Amundson was named to the National Advisory Council to the National Health Service Corps for a three year term helping to develop and direct national policy for health care to the under served. <p>Dr. Loren Amundson's work on behalf of the specialty of family practice took on other challenges as well. He was a director of the American Board of Family Practice, which certifies family physicians as medical specialists, and served one year as vice president. He also served six years on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Family Practice, the national accrediting agency for family practice residency training, completing his last four years as committee chair. <p>On the occasion of Dr. Amundson's retirement from USDSM in 1996, the school named the entrance to the USD Health Science Center in Sioux Falls the Loren H. Amundson, MD Foyer, and he was named Emeritus Professor of Family Medicine. <p>Dr. Amundson received The Ralph Hawley Distinguished Service Award from the University of Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association in 1999. He delivered the commencement address at the University of South Dakota Winter Graduation in 2001 and also received an Alumni Achievement Award during the ceremony. A Lifetime Achievement Award from the South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians was awarded him in 2005. <p>In the waning years of the twentieth century, genealogy became a way of life for Dr. Amundson. The last of six books in his family history series, Norwegians, Swedes and More, was published late in 2006. He and his wife Mavis, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2004, have remained co-cheerleaders with their two children and spouses for many arts, academic and sports endeavors of five active grandchildren.

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