Rapid City, FL — K. Alan Kelts, MD, PhD, FAAP, FAAN, is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Lifetime Achiever for his outstanding contributions in the field of Neurology. This recognition acknowledges his professional excellence as the Founder of Black Hills Neurology, Black Hills Seminars, and The Sleep Centers at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Having led a remarkable career for nearly 50 years as a board-certified Neurologist, Dr. Kelts is the Founder of Black Hills Neurology, Black Hills Seminars, and The Sleep Centers at Rapid City Regional Hospital. He brings a vast repertoire of extensive training and expertise in Neurology, Child Neurology, Sleep Medicine, and Rehabilitation Medicine to his profession. Providing quality patient-centered care, Dr. Kelts is well-known to have demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and integrity throughout his extensive medical and academic career. Currently retired, his contributions to the neurology are highly recognized by his peers and patients still. An expert in his field, Dr. Kelts authored and co-authored many articles.
In constant pursuit of continuous learning, Dr. Kelts completed his undergraduate studies at Ohio Wesleyan University with his Bachelor of Science degree in 1964. His distinguished medical career began after he graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he obtained his Medical Degree and Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Intestinal Motility/I3R in 1971. During that time, he completed an NIH Predoctoral Fellowship from a Clinical Investigator Training Program, also in 1971. Subsequently, he completed his internship and a year of pediatric training at Children’s Orthopedic & University of Washington Hospitals in 1973. He then went on to his Child and Adult Neurology Residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center, completing the program in 1976. With a commitment to excellence, Dr. Kelts is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Among his many professional experiences, Dr. Kelts excelled in various academic appointments prior to establishing his practices. He served as an Instructor and Fellow in the Department of Physiology at the University of Rochester from 1970-1971. Thereafter, he served as the Visiting Assistant Professor in the WAMI Medical Education Program at the University of Alaska from 1974-1976. He flourished as the Assistant Professor of Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine at Stanford University Medical School, the Director of MDA Clinics at Stanford, and as the Director of the Muscle Histochemistry Laboratory, also at Stanford from 1976-1979. Later he went on to accept the position of Associate Professor of Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine at USD Medical School, Co-Director of South Dakota MDA Clinic in Sioux Falls and Rapid City, and Director of the Muscle Histochemistry Laboratory at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, all served from 1979-1981. Soon thereafter, he served as the Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Neurology at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine from 1981 to 1995. Most recently, Dr. Kelts served as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine and Neurology, also at the University of South Dakota from 1995 until his retirement.
Remaining abreast of the latest neurological advancements, Dr. Kelts has maintained active memberships in several medical organizations. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He also serves on professional boards including the Children’s Care Hospital & School and the Rapid City Cancer & Association. Additionally, he serves as the Secretary of Medical Staff at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
In his spare time, Dr. Kelts enjoys flying, barbershop singing in quartets and choruses, hunting, fishing, and woodworking.