|Dr. Robert Van Demark Sr. graduated from Alexandria High School in 1932. He went on to attend Sioux Falls College and the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He received his M.D. from Northwestern University and interned at Passavant Memorial Hospital on the Northwestern campus in Chicago. He then performed his orthopedic residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he was a Fellow and First Assistant in orthopedic surgery. He received the Master of Science degree in orthopedic surgery from the University of Minnesota in 1943.
During WWII, Dr. Robert Van Demark served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as an orthopedic surgeon and was discharged at the rank of major. He returned in 1946 to join his uncle, Dr. Guy Van Demark, in practice in Sioux Falls. Guy helped to start the Crippled Children’s Hospital & School, now called the Children’s Care Hospital and School. After the death of his uncle, Robert took over as medical director and traveled the state, giving free assessments to parents who wondered how to treat their children’s disabilities. His son, Robert Jr., joined him in practice in 1982. <p>From 1947 through 1993 Dr. Robert Van Demark was a member of the clinical faculty of the University of South Dakota Medical School. From 1958 through 1991 he was the editor of the South Dakota Journal of Medicine. He was also a member of numerous professional organizations related to the medical profession, and he published 138 articles for medical publications at all levels. Along with being a member of many organizations, Dr. Van Demark was also the recipient of many awards and recognition’s related both to his professional career and his community service. <p>Dr. Van Demark was a compassionate doctor who cared for children with disabilities, a pioneer in hand surgery and always a physician hungry for the latest in medical knowledge. In 1994, at the age of 80, Dr. Robert Van Demark retired. He was, perhaps, the oldest licensed orthopedic surgeon in the nation. <p>
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