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Sanford Executive Chosen for National Leadership Award

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Selects H. Eugene Hoyme, MD for its 2012 Excellence Award

H. Eugene Hoyme, MD Sanford Health(Sioux Falls, SD) - H. Eugene Hoyme, MD, chief academic officer for Sanford Health and president of Sanford Research, has received the 2012 Excellence Award from the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), joining the ranks of almost 40 past recipients that include Senator John McCain and the late Ted Kennedy. 

The NOFAS Excellence Award recognizes prominent national leaders for their commitment to understand, prevent and treat alcohol-related birth defects and is typically awarded to a lawmaker, scientist and/or advocate. Dr. Hoyme was presented with the award at the annual NOFAS Leadership Awards Benefit reception on Capitol Hill, held June 20 and hosted by former Senator Tom Daschle and wife, Linda, along with senators Lisa Murkowski and Tim Johnson.

Dr. Hoyme’s research focuses on the delineation of genetic and malformation syndromes, with a specific emphasis on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. His work has led to improved accuracy and timeliness of clinical diagnosis of the spectrum of children with disabilities following prenatal exposure to alcohol. Dr. Hoyme has led fetal alcohol syndrome research studies in South Africa for the past 15 years and helped establish the prevalence rate of fetal alcohol syndrome in South Africa, which remains the highest documented rate in the world.  

“Dr. Hoyme is far more than a researcher and a practitioner. He cares deeply about public health and improving health outcomes in South Dakota and beyond,” says Dave Link, Senior Executive Vice President of Sanford Health.

NOFAS is a non-profit, public health advocacy organization striving to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and support individuals and families living with the condition. Based in Washington, D.C., NOFAS is the only national organization focused solely on FASD education and support.

“NOFAS, its board of directors, and 35 affiliates are thrilled to recognize Dr. Hoyme and his outstanding achievements to the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders field by presenting him with the NOFAS Excellence Award. His prominence and career contributions have greatly advanced the understanding of how alcohol interferes with healthy development, how FASD can be prevented, and how individuals living with the condition can reach their full potential,” says NOFAS President Tom Donaldson

Dr. Hoyme Sanford Health in South AfricaDr. Hoyme’s background as educator, administrator, physician and researcher make him an invaluable source in the fight against Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. He is the chief academic officer for Sanford Health, president and senior scientist at Sanford Research/USD and professor of pediatrics (medical genetics) at the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota. He has also served as chief medical officer for Sanford Children’s Hospital, senior vice president for children’s services for Sanford Health, and chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota.

Dr. Hoyme has held numerous leadership roles within regional and national clinical and research organizations in pediatrics and medical genetics. He has authored more than 300 original articles, monographs, book chapters and research abstracts.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation with locations in 112 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in three other countries.

Sanford Health includes 34 hospitals, 116 clinic locations and more than 900 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 20,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. For more information, visit


Stacy Jones
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