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Dr. Joshua Wynne Recognized for Outstanding Physician Community and Professional Service Efforts

Posted 10/13/23 (Fri)

Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH

UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Dean & Vice President for Health Affairs 


Dr. Joshua Wynne, University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences Dean & Vice President for Health Affairs was recognized during the North Dakota Medical Association’s (NDMA) Annual Meeting as the 2023 recipient of the Physician Community and Professional Services Award.

Since 1977, NDMA has been honoring physicians with this prestigious award that recognizes physicians serving as role models for outstanding leadership and service to the community.

Nominated with the highest accolades by NDMA President Dr. Joshua Ranum, Dr. Wynne is very deserving of this award. For more than two decades, Dr. Wynne has made public health a priority by advocating for initiatives and programs at both the institutional and individual levels throughout North Dakota.

Some advocacy efforts include founding a 5k/10k walk/run – Joggin’ with Josh – on the UND campus; serving on the North Dakota Department of Health’s Physician Advisory Group since 2017; and serving Gov. Doug Burgum as the state’s Chief Health Strategist.

As an avid supporter of the Grand Forks community, he dedicated his talents by serving on the Community Violence Intervention Center board; and for many years, produced a monthly column entitled Health Matters for the Grand Forks Herald newspaper and took the time to respond to his readers’ many health-related questions. It was perhaps this effort that convinced the newspaper to choose Dr. Wynne as the Grand Forks Herald Person of the Year in 2019.

“Without hesitation, Dr. Wynne has stepped up to the plate time and time again as a public servant,” said Dr. Ranum. “He’s carried the leadership torch fearlessly, no matter how great the task.”

Added to his repertoire is also the outstanding job he did serving as UND’s interim president while a permanent successor was sought. In this position, Dr. Wynne navigated hurdles with finesse during a time of budget cuts and a global crisis.

Dr. Wynne continues to work tirelessly, devoting his time to the community and the people of North Dakota.



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