This award honors Fellows or Masters of the American College of Physicians who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education and service to their community, their Chapter, and the ACP.
Catherine Gerrish attended the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio in 1981. Two years after residency, she moved to Watertown and has been a partner at Brown Clinic for over thirty years.
Throughout her career, Dr. Gerrish has taken an active role in both the ASIM (American Society of Internal Medicine) and the ACP. Leadership positions include Secretary/Treasurer of the South Dakota ASIM from 1995 to 1996 and Vice President from 1996 to 1998, when these two organizations merged in 1996. In addition, she has served as a session moderator at numerous meetings and shared cases and presentations on a variety of topics, challenging her colleagues to practice the full scope of internal medicine. Watertown and Dr. Gerrish hosted the ACP Scientific Program in 1997 and 2008 and she chaired or co-chaired the program on both occasions.
Her leadership and community involvement extends beyond the ACP. Dr. Gerrish has served on multiple clinic and hospital boards and committees. She has been Chief of Staff at Prairie Lakes Hospital and currently holds a position on the hospital’s Board of Directors. She is also the current President of the Watertown District for the South Dakota State Medical Association.
Dr. Gerrish is married to Dr. Ed Gerrish, a surgeon, and they have two sons, Dr. Ed Gerrish and his wife Leslie and Dr. Greg Gerrish and his wife Allison, and a granddaughter, Gwen Catherine.