Laura McNaughton – Emerging Leader

Laura McNaughton, M.D.

Laura McNaughton, M.D., graduated from the USD Sanford School of Medicine in 2011 at the top of her class. She is the first medical student in the history of USD to be accepted directly into a highly competitive plastic surgery residency, where she was rigorously trained in breast and skin cancer reconstruction, surgery of the hand and cosmetic surgery of the face and body. Today, she is a plastic surgeon and affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center and Unity Point Health-St. Luke’s. Laura is the recipient of academic and

professional awards, including “Best Emerging Author Paper” in plastic and reconstructive surgery. She also earned the title of “Best Plastic Surgeon” in the Sioux City Journal Reader’s Choice Awards. Laura is a proud supporter of Coyote Athletics and enjoys attending USD activities with her family. She lives in North Sioux City, South Dakota, with her husband James and their two sons. 

Q&A with Laura: Finding more in Vermillion than expected

2019 Recipients

Alissia Canady

Alissia Canady '10
Public Service

Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton '90, '95
Professional Achievement

Bob Sutton

Dave Hultgren '79
Service to the University

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