Meet Our Team 

Emily Griese, PhD
Director of Collaborative Research, Health Services
Associate Scientist, Sanford Research

Dr. Griese is a National Institutes of Health funded investigator with research focusing on longitudinal, person-centered modeling working to identify sources of resilience among at-risk youth. In leading the Sanford Data Collaborative, Dr. Griese brings expertise in data analytics and research methodology, working to examine health care data with the goal of ultimately improving the health outcomes of the populations we serve.

She received her PhD in psychological research in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and completed her postdoctoral work in health disparities and population research at Sanford Research where she is currently an associate scientist. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.

David Pearce, PhD
Executive Vice President, Sanford Research

Dr. Pearce serves as executive vice president of Sanford Research and is a senior scientist with the Sanford Children’s Health Research Center. He is also a professor for the Department of Pediatrics with the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. He is one of the world’s leading researchers of Batten disease and also established the Coordination of Rare Diseases at Sanford (CoRDS) program.

Benson S. Hsu, MD, MBA, FAAP
Vice President, Enterprise Data and Analytics

Dr. Hsu is responsible for creating and executing transformative strategies for Sanford Health’s data and analytics initiatives. Dr. Hsu obtained his A.B. degree in economics from Princeton University, his MD from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and his post-graduate training in pediatric critical care at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Dr. Hsu received an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business, graduating with distinction as a Fuqua Scholar. Dr. Hsu continues to practice as a pediatric critical care physician and is an associate professor in pediatrics at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine with a dual appointment as a secondary assistant scientist at Sanford Research.


Cheryl Stansbury
Research Project  Manager

Cheryl is the research project manager for the Sanford Data Collaborative and collaborative projects within the Griese Lab. An employee of Sanford Health since 2012, she has a background in team, program and data management. She received her Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of South Dakota.

Advisory Board

Kurt Cogswell, PhD
Department Head and Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, South Dakota State University

Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P.
Dean, Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota

Michael Lawler, PhD
Dean and Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of South Dakota

Venky Venkatachalam, PhD
Dean, Beacom School of Business, University of South Dakota

Joshua Wynne, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H.
Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of North Dakota