Norma Hirsch
Position Assistant professor - Behavioral Medicine, Medical Humanities and Bioethics
EducationM.D., University of Iowa, 1970
B.S., Iowa State University, 1966
CertificationsAmerican Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
American Board of Pediatrics - Hospice and Palliative Medicine


  • Ethical issues at end of life
  • The alleviation of suffering¬†
  • Use of the arts and humanities in teaching health care professionals about compassion and service
  • Hardiness and resilience in health care professionals¬†

Awards and honors

2010 - The Power of Her

2000 - Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris cause, Grandview University, Des Moines Iowa

2000 - Friend of Nursing, Iowa Nurses' Association

2000 - Woman of Influence, Des Moines Business Record

1993, 1983 - Teacher of the Year, Raymond Bland Memorial Children's Hospital, pediatric residency program