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Aaron Shives, MD, FAAFP was named the 2019 South Dakota Family Doctor of the Year.

Dr. Shives received his award at the President’s Reception during the 2019 SDAFP Winter Seminar in Deadwood, SD, on February 1, 2019. Governor Kristi Noem prepared a special proclamation proclaiming Friday, February 1, 2019 as Family Physician Day in SD and honoring Dr. Shives as the FDOY.

Aaron was born in Milbank, SD, and has been a family physician at Brown Clinic for 30 years, coming to Watertown in 1989. He received his undergraduate degree from SDSU in Brookings, SD; he then went on to pursue his medical degree at USD in Vermillion, followed by residency at the Family Practice Center (now the Center for Family Medicine) in Sioux Falls.

He is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and a Certified Medical Director through the American Medical Directors Association. He started as a Clinical Instructor at the USD School of Medicine in 1989 and is currently a Clinical Professor. He has mentored many students at his clinic in Watertown throughout the years.

Dr. Shives is actively involved with his church, having served on the Pastor Parish Committee and teaching adult Sunday school. He has been very involved in his community, serving in the past as the Medical Director for the Watertown Ambulance Service, The Medical Assistant Program at Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI), and the Prairie Lakes Health Care Emergency Department. He currently serves as the Medical Director for the LATI Nursing Advisory Board, LATI Med/Fire Rescue, Brown Clinic Laboratory, Jenkins Living Center, and Watertown Care Rehab.

He has served his state and colleagues over the years as President of the SDAFP, President of the South Dakota Medical Directors Association, along with being a member of the Admissions Committee at the Sanford School of Medicine and serving on the Board of Directors for the USDSM Alumni Foundation.

Dr. Shives and his wife Deanna have four children: Ben (Heidi), Danielle (Dan) Keller, Abby (Ben) Gietzen, and Caleb (Jackie), along with ten grandchildren.