Dr. Norris is chair of the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine and a UW professor of family medicine. He is also an adjunct UW professor of global health, health services, and biomedical informatics and medical education. He practices full spectrum ambulatory family practice at the UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic. His research focuses on medical education, rural family medicine, procedures in primary care, and continuing training and certification of practicing physicians.
Dr. Norris earned his bachelor's degree from Southwest Texas State University (now named Texas State University) and his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He completed a residency in family medicine at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas. He has also completed extensive training in medical management and medical education.
After two years of service as a Navy physician in Southern California, Norris practiced full spectrum rural family medicine for ten years in central Montana. Subsequently, he spent five years in Tacoma as director of a family medicine residency. In 1993 he came to the University of Washington School of Medicine, spending the next seventeen years in a variety of Dean's Office roles, including vice dean for academic affairs.
He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physician Executives. He is board certified (and re-certified) by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Medical Management. He is a past president of the Montana Academy of Family Physicians, the Washington Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Board of Family Medicine. He is currently the immediate past chair of the American Board of Medical Specialists.