Dr. Silas Norman Jr., '62 recognized with Wayne State University School of Medicine's Distinguished Service Award

Posted by ncarter | 06/13/2011 09:02 AM

Silas Norman Jr., M.D. a longtime member of the Wayne State University School of Medicine faculty and a driving force for diversity, fairness and compassion for the underserved was honored at the Wayne State University's 2011 commencement ceremony.

Silas Norman Jr., M.D., associate dean of Admissions, Diversity and Inclusion, received the School of Medicine’s Distinguished Service Award at the Fox Theater on May 24.

Valerie Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., dean of the School of Medicine, noted that Dr. Norman exemplifies a notable quote by Albert Einstein: “Only a life lived for others is worth living.”“He has served the school with distinction for more than 25 years,” she said. “He has overseen one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States.”

In accepting the award from Dean Parisi and Maryjean Schenk, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., vice dean of Medical Education, Dr. Norman said, “To be honored for the service that we give is a distinct privilege and an honor.”

Dr. Norman, a 1976 graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, received its Trailblazer Award in 2010. The award honors outstanding alumni and faculty who have made substantial contributions and demonstrated courage, initiative, innovation, risk-taking and leadership.

A medical suite at the State Prison of Southern Michigan in Jackson is named after Dr. Norman, who served as the facility’s medical director. His commitment to social and humanistic medicine also led him to serve as chief medical officer for the Michigan Department of Corrections and medical director for the Wayne County Jails.

He has served as a consultant to the Detroit Health Care for the Homeless project and to the Detroit Health Department, working to see that thousands of uninsured and underserved people received much-needed health care.
In 2000, Dr. Norman received the Alumni Achievement Award from the United Negro College Fund. That same year the Wayne State University Organization of Black Alumni selected him for its Alumni Achievement Award.

The Michigan Department of Community Health presented him with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Vision Award in 2000.
In addition to his service to medicine and the school, Dean Parisi also noted that Dr. Norman serves as a dedicated deacon at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, and has “a voice that rolls like thunder” as a member of the Brazeal Dennard Chorale.

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Photo caption: Silas Norman Jr. receives the award from Dean Valerie Parisi, left, and Maryjean Schenk, vice dean of Medical Education.

Alumni Spotlight: Norman '62 slated to receive Trailblazer Award from Wayne State School of Medicine

Posted by ncarter | 12/8/2009 12:38 PM

The Wayne State University School of Medicine will honor Silas Norman Jr., M.D., assistant dean for Admissions, when the school’s alumni association launches the Ensure the Dream, Secure the Future scholarship campaign Dec. 10.

Dr. Norman, assistant dean for Admissions at the School of Medicine, will receive the Trailblazer Award, which honors outstanding alumni and faculty who have made substantial contributions and demonstrated courage, initiative, innovation, risk-taking and leadership.

An assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Dr. Norman has been involved in admissions for the School of Medicine for more than 25 years.

Dr. Norman received a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from Paine College, Augusta, Ga. in 1962 and is a 1976 graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Detroit General Hospital. Dr. Norman is active in church and civic affairs and organizations. He is board chairman of the Community Health Awareness Group Inc.

He received the 2000 Alumni Achievement Awards of both the United Negro College Fund Inc. and the Organization of Black Alumni of Wayne State University.

Dr. Norman is a member of county, state and national medical societies. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is certified as an Advanced Correctional Health professional. He was recently appointed president of the Paine College National Alumni Association.

The purpose of the event, which begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Detroit Athletic Club, is to focus on scholarship initiatives, recognize scholarship donors to this campaign, showcase student organizations and their missions, and present the annual Trailblazer and Ambassador awards.

Congratulations from the Paine College Community.