November 01, 2016
Kansas City, Kan. — Lee Norman, MD, chief medical officer at The University of Kansas Hospital, will serve as the Coca-Cola Coin Toss Captain before the Kansas City Chiefs' "Salute to Service" game on Sunday, November 6.
Dr. Norman is both civilian and soldier. For more than a decade, he has served as senior vice president and chief medical officer at The University of Kansas Hospital and clinical assistant professor of family medicine and health professions management at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
The University of Kansas Hospital consistently ranks as one of the best hospitals in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. It is also one of just 70 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in the nation.
Dr. Norman is also a lieutenant colonel in the Kansas Army National Guard and the State Surgeon of Kansas, with responsibilities for emergency management and homeland security. He is a member of the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center, working with clients that include the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.
Dr. Norman is trained in aerospace medicine and served as a United States Air Force flight surgeon, aircraft accident investigator and combat medicine instructor. He is also trained in conducting medical operations in hazardous biological and chemical environments. Most recently, his leadership and novel approach to the Ebola crisis now serves as a model for emerging biological threats including Zika.
After leaving the Air Force in 1985, Dr. Norman practiced medicine in Seattle, Washington, for nearly 20 years, becoming chief medical officer of Swedish Health System. In 1998, he assisted Croatia in setting up a new, post-war health system.
He then led the Carondelet Health System in a major operational turnaround. As an independent consultant, he worked with Alaska natives, the U.S. Public Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in arctic Alaska, establishing regional healthcare networks in remote subsistence villages.
Dr. Norman holds a medical degree from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree in health systems from the University of California-Davis, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington. He frequently lectures on the next era of public health, medical and corporate ethics and emerging biological and cyber threats.
He currently serves on the boards of Heart to Heart International, a global humanitarian relief organization and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Overland Park. He is a well-known medical news and science contributor to CNN and other media outlets, known for communicating complex topics in clear, easily understood language.