USD alumnus honored by Sanford School of Medicine

USD alumnus honored by Sanford School of Medicine
Dr. Bruce C. Lushbough is the recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota.

Lushbough received the award Friday, May 12, during the school's annual reunion in Sioux Falls.

He joins an esteemed list of physicians who have made a significant impact on healthcare in the region and who are fulfilling the medical school's mission.


Dr. Lushbough is no stranger to the School of Medicine. He has been involved for almost 35 years as a clinical preceptor from 1971-1976, clinical associate professor of family medicine from 1976-1982 and clinical professor of family medicine from 1982-1986. He served on the Department of Family Medicine Coordinating Committee from 1979-1981 and the executive committee of the School of Medicine from 1978-1981.

Dr. Lushbough is a past board member and president of the School of Medicine Alumni Foundation and currently serves on the Centennial Committee. He also served as president of the USD Alumni Association and serves as a trustee of the USD Foundation.

Born in Crawford, NE, Dr. Lushbough grew up in Sturgis. He received a bachelor of arts degree in biological sciences from USD in 1955 and a B.S.M.D. degree in 1956 from the School of Medicine. He completed his M.D. degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, in 1959 and interned at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, MN.

Dr. Lushbough served as a lieutenant and medical officer in the U.S. Navy from 1959-1961 and was stationed in San Diego, CA. He practiced family medicine at the Brookings Clinic in Brookings, from 1961 to 1990. He also worked as an FAA medical examiner from 1971 to 1990. From 1992-1996, Dr. Lushbough was the principal clinic coordinator for the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care in Sioux Falls and the supervising physician of the Rural Health Clinic in Estelline.

Dr. Lushbough's professional and community activities are extensive. He was a member of the South Dakota Medical Association from 1961-2006 and served as South Dakota's president and a delegate to the American Medical Association. He was also on the board of directors of the South Dakota Medical School Endowment Association.

As a member of the South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians for 45 years, Dr. Lushbough served as president, chaired the Education Committee, was a delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates, and was a representative to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Family Practice. Dr. Lushbough is an active member of First United Methodist Church in Brookings, the Brookings Rotary Club, and the South Dakota Heart Association. He was a member of the Brookings School Board from 1974-1980 and was a team physician for South Dakota State University for 32 years.

Dr. Lushbough has also received several awards from his colleagues and peers over the years. He received the Edward Batt, M.D. Outstanding Faculty Member Award by the School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine in 1980, was named the South Dakota Family Doctor of the Year by the South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians in 1984 and received the Distinguished Service Award from the South Dakota State Medical Association in 1987.

Dr. Lushbough and his wife, Ila, will celebrate their 50th anniversary July 22 of this year. They have two children, Bruce Jr. and Kathryn, a 1986 graduate of the School of Medicine. They also have four grandchildren. The Lushboughs call Brookings home, but winter in Key Largo, FL.

, and spend summers at their lake home.

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