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Stearns, Norman S. (MD) (Honorary Member)*

Honors and Awards

  • Honorary member (Fellow), 1978
Other Awards
  • Dean’s Medal, Tufts University School of Medicine, 2009


Other Accomplishments & Activities

  • Developed the MD/MBA program, a three-way partnership between Tufts, the Brandeis Heller School, and Northeastern University’s school of management
  • Developed the health communication program, a joint venture between Tufts and Emerson College
  • Developed the MD/MA Combined Program with Tufts and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • Developed the 8-year BS in Engineering, MS in Engineering, and a MD Combined Program for Producing Expert Physicians in Biomedical Engineering


Publications (5 representative)

  • Stearns NS, Bloomquist H, Ratcliff WW. The hospital library. I. Hospitals. 1970 Mar 1;44(5):55-9. 
  • Stearns NS, Bloomquist H, Ratcliff WW. The hospital library. 2. Hospitals. 1970 Mar 16;44(6):88-90.
  • Stearns NS, Ratcliff WW. An integrated health-science core library for physicians, nurses and allied health practitioners in community hospitals. N Engl J Med. 1970 Dec 31;283(27):1489-98.
  • Bloomquist H, Rees A, Stearns NS, and Yast H. Library Practice in Hospitals: A Basic Guide. The Press of Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, 1972.
  • Gold RA, Fink WR, Stearns NS, Bloomquist H. The health information specialist: a new resource for hospital library services and education programs. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1974 Jul;62(3):266-72.   [cited 7/6/2021]


Professional Positions

  • Tufts University School of Medicine, Director of Clinical Affairs, 1991–2010
    • Director, Tufts Medical School MD/MBA in Health Management Program, 1991-2010
    • Schering–Plough Professorship in Health Sciences, 1998–2002
    • Professor of Medicine, 1978–2010
    • Dean of Postgraduate Education and Alumni Affairs, 1984–1987
    • Sara Murray Jordan Professorship in Medicine, 1972–1987
  • Executive  Director of the Postgraduate Medical Institute, Massachusetts Medical Society, 1961–1971
  • Director and Chief of Medicine, Boston City Hospital, 1971–1973
  • Director of Medical Education, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, 1956-1972


MLA published statements about the fellow

  • Honorary Membership in MLA conferred. Proceedings, Seventy-eighth Annual Meeting Medical Library Association, Inc. Chicago, Illinois June 10-15, 1978, Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1979 Jan; 67(1): 82-184.   [cited 5/28/2020]



  • Master’s in pharmacology, Boston University, 1950
  • MD, Boston University, 1947
  • BA Biology, Harvard College, 1943
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