Delf Schmidt-Grimminger, MD, MBA
Associate Professor, Sanford School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of South Dakota

Delf Schmidt-Grimminger currently is an Associate Professor at the Sanford School of Medicine (SSM), University of South Dakota (USD) in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN). He has served as the clerkship director for third- and fourth-year medical students at SSM for 12 years. In this role, he supervises, evaluates, lectures, grades, and mentors SSM medical and research students. He has served on various USD committees, such as the Cancer Advisory Committee, Clerkship Directors Committee, Medical Education Committee, and Objective Structured Clinical Examination Committee. He regularly gives public speeches and leads grand rounds or discussion forums in university, hospital and or clinical settings.

Dr. Schmidt-Grimminger is a national speaker on cervical cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV), and other vaccine-related topics. He serves as the principal investigator (PI) of several grants awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and American Cancer Society. He currently is a co-PI for the regional Cancer Prevention Network that was established to focus on community-based research and cancer prevention. His field of expertise is OB/GYN-related cancers with an emphasis on cervical cancer. He serves as a PI for the Regional Native American Community Network Program that was established to investigate the incidence of HPV infection in Crow Native Indian women. His other HPV cancer prevention projects are with the Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center in Billings, Montana and the Great Plains Cancer Coalition (GPCC) in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Dr. Schmidt-Grimminger is the PI for an HIV/STD prevention grant that focuses on Cheyenne River youth. The project aims to adapt an existing HIV prevention model and its content to interventions for tribal youth. He previously completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in biochemistry and molecular genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was the laboratory director of the Women’s Cancer Research Center at the South Dakota Health Research Foundation. He currently is a Senior Research Scientist at the Avera Cancer Center, a steering committee member of the GPCC, and a steering committee member of the Regional Native American Community Networks Program to reduce cancer health disparities at the local level.

Dr. Schmidt-Grimminger is a member of the Great Plains Health Research Consortium that is exploring new approaches to link scientists, clinicians, and other professionals to build research collaborations. He is an affiliate member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Buffet Cancer Center. The mission of the program is two-fold: (1) coordinate basic and clinical cancer research, patient care and educational programs to facilitate the application of new knowledge about the etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer and (2) improve health and quality of life. He has recruited Native American students from different states to work in the research laboratory. He currently serves on the American Cancer Society State Board in South Dakota to focus on reducing cancer disparities in rural and Native American populations.