Dr. Heisler has been Professor of Medicine at the University of South Dakota since returning home to South Dakota in February 2009. From January 2015 through December 2016 he held a joint appointment as Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Heisler’s most recent appointment prior to returning to South Dakota was Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta and Director of the Emory Division of Hospital Medicine. During his time as Director of Hospital Medicine at Emory, he led the effort to create the Hospital Medicine Clinical Outcomes Research Group.
Dr. Heisler completed his medical degree at George Washington University in 1979 and a residency in Internal Medicine at the Oregon Health Sciences University in 1982. During 1985/86 Dr. Heisler completed a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at George Washington University. He received a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University in 1990.
From 1991 through 1998 Dr. Heisler held adjunct academic appointments at the Emory University School of Medicine and the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health with his primary appointment at the Task Force for Child Survival and Development, a UN sponsored international health group affiliated with the Carter Center in Atlanta. From 1994 through 1998 Dr. Heisler was Director of Programs at the Task Force and played a major role in developing the World Bank funded global river blindness control program. Dr. Heisler has traveled and worked extensively in Africa and Latin America and together with his wife Jean, also a physician, has lived for two extended periods in Kenya.
Dr. Heisler has a long list of publications including a chapter in the Williams Textbook of Hospital Medicine and has received various awards including the Sorin Award from the University of Notre Dame in 1990. He has served on a number of international and national advisory committees and is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Andean Health and Development, an organization committed to improving the quality of rural health in Ecuador.
Dr. Heisler and his wife, Dr. Jean Heisler, have two grown children. He and Jean live on 40 acres north of Sioux Falls where they built a passive solar home and returned the land to native prairie.