Ralph Reeder, M.D., F.A.A.N.S.

Dr. Reeder's Specialties

Medical Education: Washington University; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Research Program
Residency: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Internship: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Fellowship: Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons

As a resident, first in General Surgery and then Neurosurgery, Dr. Reeder developed a model for the study of traumatic brain edema within the Department of Physiology at Dartmouth Medical School. He successfully applied for an American Heart Association Grant and presented results at the International Conference on Brain Edema and other international neuroscience meetings. He was appointed an Instructor in Physiology while at Dartmouth and was responsible for lectures in neuroanatomy for the medical students. Dr. Reeder was also published in prominent peer-reviewed journals as the lead author/researcher for both basic science and clinical articles.

Upon completion of residency in 1989, he followed past Professor of Neurosurgery from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Quentin Durward, M.D. to Sioux City, Iowa. Dr. Reeder implemented the technique of image-guided stereotactic craniotomy to the area for the first time. Shortly after arrival, he had the unique experience of participating in the care of the injured survivors of the United Airlines 232 crash. As a founder of the Center of Neurosciences, Orthopaedics and Spine, P.C. (CNOS), Dr. Reeder helped foster the cooperative environment between the specialties to treat complex spinal disorders and all aspects of coordinated neurological/neurosurgical care and he continues as CNOS board member since inception. CNOS has been involved within the industry to study new implants, including interbody lumbar fusion devices, an artificial cervical disc and novel poly-axial pedicle screw designs. Dr. Reeder has been a frequently requested speaker for physician and/or nursing meetings for varied topics in neurosurgery and has provided lectures on spine surgery to the University of South Dakota medical students.

For over ten years, he has been involved in organized neurosurgery efforts to improve the quality of care. He serves as a member (Vice-Chair of Spine) of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Neurosurgical Quality Council and a member of operations committee for the National Neurosurgery Quality Outcome Data Registry (QOD). He implemented the adoption of the registry on the CNOS campus. He has served as the neurosurgical representative to the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI), an AMA affiliated group charged with measure and quality development. In 2016, he attended and received certification from the Advanced Training Program at Intermountain Healthcare Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research (Green belt LEAN equivalent).

Dr. Reeder has served as president of Dunes Surgical Hospital for over 18 years and as a result of working with a very strong administrative and clinical team, DSH ranks highly in patient satisfaction and quality outcome measures by various sources (e.g. Press-Ganey, CMS). Because of his administrative knowledge, Dr. Reeder currently is currently invited to serve on the advisory council for USD’s School of Health Administration and has served as a lecturer on administrative topics. In addition, he has been an active participant in the Trinity-MHN regional board since its inception.

Dr. Reeder's outside interests include medical mission work with Hope Ministries of Elk Point, SD, serving to perform and teach spine surgery to physicians in Mwanza, Tanzania. He successfully hiked to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and participated in other international hikes, such as Mount Blanc in Europe and Milford Track in New Zealand. He also performs in charity bands (most recently, the “Spinal Cords”) as a singer/rhythm guitarist. As a licensed private pilot since 2012, Dr. Reeder also enjoys golf, boating and most of all, family. He is the proud husband to his wife Julie, and is a father of six children and grandfather to six grandchildren.

It was an extra-long process to get me home after my surgery but while I was there I felt like a Queen-I was very well taken care of and everyone was very knowledgeable of what they were doing in the care for me-and can't forget Dr. Reeder-he is a rock star and very good at what he does-wouldn't want anyone else operating on me.

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