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NormanBlake Norman, M.D., CMQ, has been named the inaugural Chief Value Officer for the UAB Heersink School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. The appointment reports to the office of the UAB Medicine Chief Medical Officer and will better align the department’s quality initiatives with the institution.

“Blake has excelled as a leader since his days as a chief resident in our program, and through both of his fellowships, he has continued to emerge as an impressive contributor to the departmental mission,” says Dan Berkowitz, M.D., Alfred Habeeb professor and chair. “His commitment to quality initiatives, teaching in the quality and safety space, and engagement with our department’s quality and safety team make him the perfect choice for this important position.”

Norman received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 2015, followed by his residency and cardiothoracic and critical care anesthesia fellowships at UAB.

He enters this new leadership role with multiple quality and safety accolades. Norman has been granted the Certificate in Medical Quality, directed the department’s Continuous Quality Improvement conferences, attended the Medical Quality and Patient Safety Program at UAB, served as a Quality Fellow at UAB Hospital, and participated in various quality-related committees.

“This new role is envisioned to better align quality initiatives across the continuum of care by enhancing the accountable care team model for perioperative and critical care medicine,” Norman says. “Our goal is to enhance the value of care delivery for all stakeholders including patients, providers, trainees, and the greater UAB Health System. With time and the continued engagement of our phenomenal faculty and staff, I am confident that we can deliver enhancements for which we can all be proud.”