Inspired by his father, who was a physician, Norvell V. Coots, MD, wanted to pursue a career in medicine from a young age. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in liberal studies from Excelsior College, a Master of Science in strategic studies from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and an MD from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He completed an internship at William Beaumont Army Medical Center and a residency in dermatology at Brooke Army Medical Center. He began his career as an adviser at Uniformed Services University while also serving as commander and chief executive officer of the Walter Reed Health Care System. Dr. Coots then briefly served as a special assistant to the Army surgeon general, then as surgeon general and IJC medical adviser for the ISAF Joint Command and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. In his career, Dr. Coots also worked in medical positions at the Pentagon before becoming president and chief executive officer of Holy Cross Health in 2016.
In his current position, Dr. Coots is the leader of a multidisciplinary integrated Catholic health system consisting of two hospitals, four community clinics, two group practices, and community-based dialysis and radiation oncology centers. Under Dr. Coots’ direction, Holy Cross Hospital has become the second-largest hospital in the state with 423 licensed beds and is now the number one center for live births in the state of Maryland. Additionally, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital was the first new hospital in the state when it opened in 2014. The Holy Cross Health Network as a whole works to provide access to quality health care service to underserved and undocumented residents of Montgomery County in Maryland.
Civic: Maryland Hospital Association Representative, Region III, American Hospital Association (2018-Present); Alternate Federal Representative, Region III, American Hospital Association (2010-2011); Board of Governors, Armed Forces Retirement Home (2009-2011); Board of Directors, District of Columbia Hospital Association (2008-2011); Advisory Board to Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (2008-2011); Gresham Civic Association, Washington, DC (1978-1985); President, Project Maldova; Various Hospital Committees
Creative Works: Reviewer, Dannemiller Medical Education Foundation (2004-2017); Reviewer, Journal of the National Medical Association, Volume 96 (2004); Educational Advisory Board, Journal of the National Medical Association (2001-2009); Reviewer, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Volumes 39-40 (1999-2000); National Editor, SNMA News, Student National Medical Association (1988-1989); Newsletter Editor, Region III, Student National Medical Association (1987-1988); Presenter in Field; Contributor, Articles, Professional Journals
Military: Retired (2016); Brigadier General, U.S. Army (2012-2016); Commissioned Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army (1989-2012); Captain, Oklahoma Army National Guard (1985-1989); Captain, U.S. Army (1985); First Lieutenant, U.S. Army (1983-1985); Commissioned Second Lieutenant, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army (1980-1983)
Memberships: Association Medecins International (CREDO), Lourdes, France (2011-Present); American Medical Association (1985-1995, 2011-Present); Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces (2004-Present); American College of Physician Executives (Now American Association for Physician Leadership) (2000-Present); Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (1995-Present); American Academy of Dermatology (1992-Present); National Medical Association (1985-Present); Washington, DC, Dermatology Society (2003-2013); Chairman, Dermatology Section, National Medical Association (2007-2009); Vice Chairman, Dermatology Section, National Medical Association (2006-2007); Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Inc. (2006); Chairman, Aerospace and Military Medicine Section, National Medical Association (2001-2005); Executive Committee, NMA Emergency Preparedness and Bioterrorism Task Force, National Medical Association (2001-2005); Vice Chairman, Aerospace and Military Medicine Section, National Medical Association (1999-2001); Secretary Treasurer, Aerospace and Military Medicine Section, National Medical Association (1997-1999); Black Professional Leadership Network, San Antonio, TX (1992-1995); Southern Medical Association (1985-1995); 8th Parallel Medical Society of Korea (1990-1992); Silver Caduceus Society of Korea (1990-1992); Board of Directors, Student National Medical Association (1988-1989); Student National Medical Association (1985-1989); 3NAACP Health Committee, Oklahoma City, OK (1987-1988); President, OUCM Chapter, Student National Medical Association (1986-1987); Vice President, OUCM Chapter, Student National Medical Association (1985-1986); Beta Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. (1978); Lifetime Member, Association of Military Dermatologists; National Association of Health Sector Executives; Leadership Circle of Volunteerism; NAACP; Numerous Other Organizations
Awards: Executive of the Year Award (2020); Distinguished Healthcare Leadership Award, National Association of Health Service Executives (2018); Distinguished Service Medal (2016); Schuetzenschnur in Gold, Bundeswehr, Germany (2016); Abzeichen fuer Leistungen im Truppendienst in Gold, Bundeswehr, Germany (2016); Specialty Qualification Badge, Führungsdienstpersonal in Bronze, Bundeswehr, Germany (2015); Reservisten Kammeradschsft Certificate of Appreciation, Bundeswehr, Germany (2015); Named, Chevalier du Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honor), France (2015); Award, National Medical Association (2015); Legion of Merit with Two Oak Leaf Clusters (2014); Certificate of Appreciation, Chief of Staff, Afghan National Army (2013); Certificate of Appreciation, Surgeon General, Afghan National Army (2013); Certificate of Appreciation, Surgeon General, Afghan National Police (2013); Defense Superior Service Medal (2013); Chief of Staff Personal Award, Afghan National Army (2013); Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2013); NATO Medal with ISAF Device (2013); Legion of Merit with One Oak Leaf Cluster (2011); Army Achievement Medal with Two Leaf Cluster (2011); Legion of Merit (2008); Meritorious Service Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters (2006); Army Achievement Medal with One Leaf Cluster (2005); Meritorious Service Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters (2004); Global War on Terrorism Medal (2004); Korean Defense Service Medal (2004); Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator in Dermatology (2004); Army Staff Identification Badge (2003); Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters (2002); Named to the Order of Military Medical Merit (2001); Certificate of Appreciation, Croatian Ministry of Defense (2001); Armed Forces Reserve Medal (1999); Meritorious Service Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster (1998); Meritorious Service Medal (1992); Republic of Korea Army Appreciation Award (1992); National Defense Service Medal (1991); Army Commendation Medal (1985); Army Achievement Medal (1984); Named, School of Merit; Named, U.S. Indian FME National Exceptional Healthcare