Office of the Secretary


Secretary Lee A. Norman

Meet Secretary Norman

Lee A. Norman, MD, is the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), appointed by Governor Laura Kelly. KDHE has three divisions, including Health, Environment and Healthcare Finance, which includes the Medicaid program (KanCare) and the State Employee Health Plan.

Norman received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota, did his residency in family medicine in Texas and his aerospace medicine training in the United States Air Force at Brooks AFB in San Antonio. After serving in the USAF as a family physician, flight surgeon, and combat medicine instructor, he practiced medicine in Seattle for 20 years, also serving as clinical associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Norman has served as a chief medical office for over 26 years, most recently at the University of Kansas Health System and before that the Swedish Health System in Seattle, beginning in 1991. He currently is clinical assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Norman is a past board member and Chair of the Puget Sound Blood Center in Seattle and has served, additionally, on the governing board of Heart to Heart International, a humanitarian organization based in Lenexa, Kansas.

In his military role, Norman is a colonel in the Kansas Army National Guard, stationed at Joint Forces Headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, reporting to the State of Kansas Adjutant General. COL Norman, as the State Surgeon of Kansas, guides medical troop sustainment and training, health services support, force health protection, biosecurity, and serves as advisor and liaison to the Kansas Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. He is an advisor to the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center. In 2018 he returned from a Middle East US Army deployment where he was the 35th Infantry Division Surgeon. In this role he was the senior medical commander over 12,000 U.S. soldiers encompassing three named operations - Freedom Sentinel, Spartan Shield and Inherent Resolve.

Additionally, Norman serves on the Defense Health Board as an advisor to the U.S: Secretary of Defense.

Dr. Norman has two masters degrees, one in health planning and systems analysis from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, and an executive MBA degree from the University of Washington Graduate School of Business. He has two grown children, two grandsons, and an energetic Australian shepherd, Blue Dog. His interests include reading, cooking, canning and pickling, technical mountain climbing and collecting Eskimo art, including native carvings, masks, etchings and baskets.


Our Vision
Healthy Kansans living in safe and
sustainable environments.
Our Mission
To protect and improve the health and environment of all Kansans.


Organizational Structure
KDHE Organizational Structure


2018 Legislative Update

KDHE Legislative Update, Vol. 1, February 2018 |
KDHE Legislative Update, Vol. 2, March 2018 |
KDHE Legislative Update, Vol. 3, April 2018 |
KDHE Legislative Update, Vol. 4, May 2018 |
KDHE Legislative Update, Vol. 5, June 2018 |
KDHE Legislative Update, Vol. 6, July 2018 |
KDHE Legislative Update, Vol. 7, August 2018 |
KDHE Legislative Update, Vol. 8, September 2018 |
KDHE Legislative Update, Vol. 9, October 2018 |
KDHE Legislative Update, Vol. 10, November 2018