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Dr Maria Bell named Chief Medical Officer for Sanford Development and Research

(SIOUX FALLS, SD) – Sanford Health today announced that Dr. Maria Bell, a leader of the Sanford Clinic Women’s Health in Sioux Falls, has accepted the additional responsibility as Chief Medical Officer for Sanford Development and Research.

“As our organization has grown and changed over the last several years, it was determined that bridging the clinical and research organizations is vitally important to our patients,” said Dr. Bell on the announcement.

In her new role, Dr. Bell’s will facilitate clinical and translational research for both the Sioux Falls and Fargo campuses. Specifically, she will assist physicians, researchers and other providers in the development of their research ideas as well as to facilitate the implementation of their research protocols to improve patient care. Additionally, she will assist in the facilitation of undergraduate, graduate and medical students into Sanford’s clinical and translational research. The commitment of Sanford Research to our students is unparalleled, and allows students excellent research opportunities; keeping our talented youth in our state.

This is a part-time position. Dr. Bell will continue to see gynecologic oncology patients three days per week. According to Dr. Bell, “I believe strongly that maintaining my clinical activity allows me to relate to and have credibility with the clinician-researchers at Sanford.  And frankly I would miss seeing my patients if I took a full time administrative position. This opportunity allows me to have the best of both worlds it truly love.”

Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Manager | Sioux Falls Region
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