Meet Our Team
Emily Griese, PhD
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
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
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.
Kurt Cogswell, PhD
Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P.
Michael Lawler, PhD
Venky Venkatachalam, PhD
Joshua Wynne, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H.