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South Dakota Surgeon Gary L. Timmerman, MD, FACS, Receives Appreciation Award for Service to the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors


CHICAGO (November 20, 2014): Gary L. Timmerman, MD, FACS, a general surgeon from Sioux Falls, S.D., was recently honored at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), San Francisco, Calif., with an appreciation award for his many years of dedicated service to the ACS Board of Governors. Dr. Timmerman concluded his tenure as Chair of the Board of Governors during this year’s Clinical Congress, which is one of the largest educational meetings for surgeons in the world.

During the annual Board of Governors Dinner, held on October 29, Dr. Timmerman was presented with a plaque commemorating the many roles he has served for the College. Since 1997, he has held over 20 volunteer positions with the ACS, seven of which were on the Board of Governors.

“Dr. Timmerman played an instrumental role during his tenure as Chair of the Board of Governors during this past year.  His sensitivity to individuals and issues, wonderful sense of humor, and tireless devotion to the American College of Surgeons will be remembered for many years to come,” said Patricia L. Turner, Director, ACS Division of Member Services.

Dr. Timmerman became a Member of the Board of Governors in 2007. In 2009 he became a Member of the Board’s Nominating Committee (2009-2010). He has subsequently served as a Member of the Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College (2013-2014), Vice-Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee to Restructure Board of Governors Committees (2012-2013), Member of the Executive Committee (2011-2012), Vice Chair of the Board of Governors (2011-2013), and finally Chair of the Board of Governors (2013-2014).

His first leadership role as an ACS Fellow was President of the ACS South Dakota Chapter. He has also been a Member and Chair of numerous other College Committees, including the Committee on Young Surgeons, Nominating Committee of the Fellows, and others.

Dr. Timmerman earned his medical degree at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and next completed a residency in general surgery at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. He is currently an attending surgeon at Sanford Surgical Associates, Sioux Falls, S.D., and associate professor and chair, department of surgery, Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota.

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