Norman Ferrari, M.D., chief academic officer for medical education for the West Virginia University School of Medicine Doctorate of Medicine program, was named to a six-year term as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Pediatrics.
The appointment begins in 2024 and runs through 2029. Ferrari, who also serves as the School's vice dean for Education and Academic Affairs, has served on several committees and sub-boards during his time as a pediatrician, including the general pediatrics examination committee and general pediatrics oversight committee.
"It's an honor to be named to the Board of Directors. I've developed meaningful professional relationships with my peers across the country throughout my time in the organization," said Ferrari. "Ensuring the ABP's vision, mission and values are upheld is an honorable duty that's important to our profession and patients."
The Board of Directors for the organization is a blend of pediatricians in education, research and clinical practice, along with nonphysicians who have a professional interest in the health and welfare of children and adolescents. They aim to improve training, uphold certification requirements and set standards for examinations.
In addition to serving on the board of directors, Ferrari will also continue in his role of medical editor for the general pediatric certifying examination.
“Dr. Ferrari's leadership and talent are well-known and respected by his peers and colleagues at WVU and across the country," Clay Marsh, M.D., chancellor and executive dean for Health Sciences, said. "The Board will not only benefit from his knowledge and dedication to his specialty, but also in ensuring that tomorrow's leaders are prepared to continue to serve and advocate for their patients.”
Ferrari has served in numerous leadership roles while at the School of Medicine, including being 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.
The ABP is one of 24 certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties, and is an independent, nonprofit organization whose certificate is recognized throughout the world as a credential signifying a high level of physician competence.