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Vice Dean for Medical Education
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- MD, WVU School of Medicine
About Norman Ferrari
Norman D. Ferrari III, MD was appointed Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs, as well as the founding Chair of the Department of Medical Education in 2012. He is a Professor of Medical Education, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. In this role he is responsible for all physician medical education programs of the school, including the MD degree admissions process, the development and implementation of the curriculum, student affairs, graduate medical education, continuing education, and accreditation.
Dr. Ferrari received a BA degree in Chemistry from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences of West Virginia University, with honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1978. He graduated from the WVU School of Medicine in 1982 having been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. At West Virginia University Hospitals, he completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in 1986. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.
He served eight years as Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Pediatrics. In the summer of 2001, he was appointed Interim Dean for Medicine and Associate Vice-President for the Charleston Division of West Virginia University and served in that role until September 2002. He served nine years as the Designated Institutional Official (DIO) for GME programs sponsored by the school of medicine.
Since joining the faculty in 1986, he served as Pediatric Clerkship Coordinator for 13 years, is the first faculty member to twice be named as the Distinguished Teacher of the Year in the School of Medicine, and served as Interim Chair for Pediatrics from March 1998 until June 1999, and again in December 2002 until January 2006. Since 1991 he has been the coordinator for the School of Medicine rural health educational programs and curriculum. He was recognized for his contributions to rural health education in West Virginia with the Judith Kandzari Award in the fall of 2009. In 2001, he was recipient of a WVU Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award. He is also a former Chief of the section of General Pediatrics. From 1990 until 1999, he served as Medical Director of the Physician Office Center and Associate Dean for Ambulatory Services. The only physician in the state of West Virginia currently serving on the American Board of Pediatrics, in 2003 he was appointed Chair of the General Certifying Exam Committee for General Pediatrics by the ABP, and in 2013 assumed the role of Chief Medical Editor. In 2009 he received the Dean's Award for Excellence for Service to School, and was inducted in the West Virginia University Academy of Excellence in Teaching and Learning. He is also a founding member of the WVU School of Medicine Chapter for the Gold Humanism Honor Society. In 2003 he was awarded the Bishop's Cross Award by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston for his longstanding contributions to Catholic Education in the State of West Virginia. In 2010 he was awarded the Parker Palmer Courage to Lead Award from the ACGME.
He grew up in Weirton, WV where he attended St. Joseph the Worker School and Madonna High School. He lives in Morgantown with his wife, Nancy. He is the father of two children, Elizabeth and Nicholas.
Patient Care Information
- Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
- Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine