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Sanford Childrens PhysicianAdministrator Honored as Nations Best Educator

American Academy of Pediatrics Awards Joseph Zenel, MD

         Joesph Zenel Jr.,MD

(Sioux Falls, SD) – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently honored the nation’s best educator, and the physician they selected is a professor and administrator for Sanford Children’s.

Joseph Zenel Jr., MD was awarded the 2009 American Academy of Pediatric Education Award during a ceremony in Washington, DC yesterday. According to the AAP, “This award recognizes a member of the Academy whose career reflects educational contributions that have had a broad and positive impact on the health and well-being of children and adolescents. The selection subcommittee considers potential nominees with a broad perspective of educational contributions, ranging from bedside instruction to formation of a national child health educational policy.”

Dr. Zenel joined Sanford Children’s from Oregon Health and Sciences University. He is the Executive Director of Medical Education at Sanford Children’s, Professor and Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at the Sanford School of Medicine and Director of the new Sanford Pediatric Residency Program. “

Dr. Zenel has had a distinguished career as a general pediatric clinician and educator,” said H. Eugene Hoyme, MD, Chief Pediatric Officer, Sanford Children’s Hospital and Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics Sanford School of Medicine. “We are fortunate to have him as an educational leader for our medical students and residents in pediatrics. I am proud to have nominated him for this award, and I am proud to have him as a colleague at Sanford.”

Dr. Zenel has had countless regional and national leadership roles in pediatrics. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Pediatrics in Review, the continuing education journal of the AAP.

About Sanford Children’s Hospital
A part of the Sanford Health system, Sanford Children’s Hospital provides the highest level of pediatric care in its region. Located in Sioux Falls, SD, the 146-bed Sanford Children’s Hospital includes 76 general pediatric beds, as well as 58 neonatal intensive care beds and 12 pediatric intensive care beds, all in private family suites. With more than 200 pediatric and family medicine physicians and more than 350 pediatric-trained staff, Sanford Children’s provides inpatient, outpatient and clinic services for pediatric patients and their families in a family-centered environment designed to meet the unique healing needs of children. A leader in children’s healthcare for nearly a century, Sanford Children’s will continue to revolutionize healthcare with this facility, as it will serve as a home base for several new pediatric clinics to be built around the world in the next ten years. For more information, visit