Release: Governor-elect Laura Kelly announces Lieutenant Colonel, doctor as Secretary of KDHE

Citing his successful career leading large health systems across the country and his long military career, Governor-elect Laura Kelly announced Dr. Lee Norman as the interim secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

“Lee Norman has a distinguished career serving our state in the Army National Guard and leading one of the top research health facilities in the state, if not the country,” said Kelly. “He will be an invaluable addition to our team and will serve the people of Kansas well.”

Dr. Norman has served as a chief medical officer or senior health system executive for over 26 years, most recently at the University of Kansas Health System. He has provided oversight of case management programs, medical reviews with commercial healthcare insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid, KanCare, and team participation in designing benefits program, including health insurance.

“It is my priority to bring together the best and brightest leaders to help rebuild Kansas,” said Kelly. “Dr. Lee Norman has a broad range of experience that will help improve the efficiency of our agencies and provide the best possible oversight.”

In addition to a stellar career in the public sector, Dr. Norman is currently the State Surgeon of Kansas – the Army medical liaison to the Adjutant General on all matters relating to medical sustainment, civilian/domestic emergency management, and homeland security. He is also an advisor to the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center. Dr. Norman recently returned from Middle East deployment where he was the 35th Infantry Division Surgeon. In this role, he was the senior medical commander over 12,000 US soldiers encompassing three named operations – Freedom Sentinel, Spartan Shield, and Inherent Resolve.

“Like Governor-elect Laura Kelly, I have committed much of my life to public service,” said Dr. Norman. “I’m honored to join the governor-elect at this critical time for Kansas. I look forward to working together with a diverse group of leaders to improve our state’s health programs and increase efficiency and transparency in our government agencies.”

Dr. Norman is also currently a clinical assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. And he is currently a board member of Heart to Heart International, a humanitarian organization based in Lenexa, Kansas.