Norman Edelman, M.D.


Norman H. Edelman, M.D.

Professor of Medicine

Professor of Physiology and Biophysics

Professor, Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine 

Program in Public Health



Norman H. Edelman, M.D. is Professor of Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Physiology and Biophysics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. From 1996 - 2006, he served in a dual capacity as Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at Stony Brook.  A graduate of Brooklyn College, Dr. Edelman received his M.D. degree from New York University, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He received postgraduate training at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and went on to be a Research Associate at the National Institutes of Health, National Heart Institute, and then Visiting Fellow in Medicine and Advanced Research Fellow of the American Heart Association, Cardiorespiratory Laboratory, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Presbyterian Hospital.

After three years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Edelman joined the faculty of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (then Rutgers Medical School) in 1972. He served there as Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Associate Dean for Research, Chief of the Medical Service of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Acting Chair and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine, and Interim Director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine.  He served as Dean from 1987-1995.  During his tenure as Dean, he supervised the establishment of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and the NCI designated Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

At Stony Brook, he supervised the change in leadership of several schools and numerous departments and developed the Cancer Institute of Long Island by gathering support from federal, state and philanthropic sources.  During his administrative tenure, he focused on the development of interdisciplinary and interdepartmental programs such as a Masters in Public Health, and several centers of excellence.  He has served in a variety of positions for the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Association of Academic Health Centers, Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and The Associated Medical Schools of New York. He is a member of the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education.

From July 2006 to July 2007 Dr. Edelman spent a sabbatical year in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University. There he developed an interest in issues related to health care work force supply, demand and education, which is now his major scholarly interest.

Dr. Edelman is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and has published extensively in the field of pulmonary diseases and control of breathing. In 1990 he was named a recipient of a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, culminating in 26 years of continuous funding from the NIH.


M.D., NYU School of Medicine. NY, NY (1957-1961)

Residency, Medicine, NYU Medical Division / Bellevue Hospital. NY, NY (1961-1963)

Academic Interests:

Health care policy, with an emphasis on workforce issues.

Select Publications: 

Shortened leukocyte telomere length is associated with reduced pulmonary function and greater subsequent decline in function in a sample of World Trade Center responders. Clouston SA, Edelman NH, Abraham A, Stewart C, Luft BJ, Scientific Reports, [] [2019] 9:8148,

Low income suburban residents perceive a greater lack of specialty but not primary care physicians than those with higher incomes. BenzScott L, Crnosija N, Riaz M. Edelman NH, Journal of Community Health [2017] DOI 10.1007/s10900-017-0367-y

Le monde changeant des professionnels de sante en Amerique du Nord et en Europe de l”Ouest: Lecons pour la France. GH Okma, J Rojas and NH Edelman; Le Revenu des Professions de Sante; 2014

Unanticipated Relationship Between Practitioner Adherence to the 2001 GOLD Therapeutic Guidelines for COPD and Rates of Exacerbation; HD Foda, A Brehm, K Goldsteen and NH Edelman, submitted for review

Capacity for Expansion of Primary Care Residency Programs in Non-Teaching Hospitals; F Lima, K Goldsteen, RL Goldsteen, L Chiu, S Yagudayev, and NH Edelman; submitted for review

Potential Responses of Sponsoring Institutions to Reduction of Medicare Support of Graduate medical Education: Riaz M, Palermo T, Yen M, Edelman NH, Academic Medicine; in press

Specialties of Interest for Expansion of Residencies in ACGME Institutions: N. Edelman, R. Goldsteen, K. Goldsteen, S. Yagudayev, F. Lima, L. Chiu. Academic Medicine; 2013;88: 1287-1292

Leveraging Academic-Service Partnerships: Implications for Implementing the RWJ/IOM’s Recommendations to Improve Quality, Access and Value in Academic Medical Centers. LA Xippolitos, MA Marino and NH Edelman; ISRN Nursing, 2011

The Financing of Graduate Medical Education. N Edelman and J Romeiser, in Conference Summary. Ensuring an Effective Workforce for America: Recommendations for an Accountable Graduate Medical Education System. Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. New York,  April 2011

The Cost of Primary Care Doctors. S Glied, AG Prabhu and N Edelman. Forum for Health Economics & Policy, 2009

Improving Asthma Outcomes: Evidence Based Health Policy Priorities. K Pruitt, J Nolen, L Garcia-Reyes, N Edelman and N. Schachter. Pediatric Asthma,  Allergy & Immunology. 22 [4] 189-196, 2009

TB Ought Not to Be. N Edelman. Public Service Review: European Union [#19] PSCA International, LTD, UK, 2010

Who Will be The Generalists of the Future? KGH Okma, ME Janoff and NH Edelman, Journal of Health Policy, Politics and Law, under revision

Select Presentations:

The Cost of Primary Care Doctors. S Glied, AG Prabhu and NH Edelman, Academy Health, 2008

Interest in Increasing Residency Training Among DIO's in New York State. N Edelman, K Goldsteen and R Goldsteen, AAMC Physician Workforce Research Conference, 2010

Perceived Barriers to Increasing the Supply of Medical Residents Among DIO's in New York State, Academy Health, 2010