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Norman D. Ferrari III, MD

Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs
Chair, Department of Medical Education

Norman FerrariNorman 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. Since the summer of 2006 when Dean John Prescott appointed him as Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education he has been 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.



Other key leadership roles at West Virginia University have included:

  • July 1986 until August 1999, Pediatric Clerkship Director;
  • 1990 until 1999, Associate Dean for Ambulatory Services and Medical Director of the Physician Office Center;
  • 1998 to 2006, Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Pediatrics;
  • March 1998 to June 1999, and December 2002 until January 2006, Interim Chair for Pediatrics;
  • August 1999 through June 2012, Associate Dean for Student Services and Academic Progress;
  • June 2001 until September 2002 Interim Dean for Medicine and Associate Vice-President for the Charleston Division;  
  • July 2004 through June 2013, Designated Institutional Official (DIO) for GME.

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.

The first faculty member to twice be named as the Distinguished Teacher of the Year in the School of Medicine, in 2001, he was recipient of a WVU Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award. 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. 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. In 2013 he assumed the role of Chief Medical Editor of the General Pediatric Certifying Examination of the ABP.  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.

Dr. Ferrari is a native of 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.

To contact Dr. Ferrari you can call the Office of Student Services at (304) 293 - 2408 or use email.