Lesta Whalen, MD | Pediatrics - Critical Care | Sanford Health Skip To Content

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  • Undergraduate
    Mount Mary College (Yankton, SD)
  • Medical School
    Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD)
  • Residency
    Pediatrics: University of North Carolina
    (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Internship
    Pediatrics: University of North Carolina
    (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Fellowship
    Pediatric Critical Care: Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington
    (Seattle, WA)
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Pediatrics: Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care

To offer the best care and most current therapies to help children recover from severe illness.


Lesta Whalen, MD received her medical degree from the University of South Dakota. She completed her pediatrics residency at the University of North Carolina and her pediatric critical care fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care by the American Board of pediatrics. She specializes in the care of crucially ill children from birth to 21 years.

Lesta Whalen is married with one child. In her spare time she enjoys reading and DIY projects.

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Sanford Children's Specialty Clinic

1600 W 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57117

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