August 19, 2002
MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Blum
Norman Anderson, Johns Hopkins Physician, Dies
Norman D. Anderson, M.D., an associate professor of medicine and surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and one of the first physicians to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recall silicone gel breast implants, died Aug. 15 of complications from gastric cancer. He was 69.
Anderson, who lived in Towson, Md., was the medical schools assistant dean for admissions from 1979 to 1991, during which time he lectured at universities around the country on the admissions process. Among other leadership roles, he also served as physician advisor for quality assurance from 1976 to 1982. He was scheduled to retire Sept. 1.
From 1987 to 1991, Anderson served as a member and chairman of several review panels for the FDA that looked at breast implants. His work led to a moratorium on silicone breast implants, eliminating their use.
Born Sept. 25, 1932, in Chinook, Mont., Anderson graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 1958. He did his residency in medicine at Hopkins, then served from 1961 to 1963 in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He completed fellowships in immunology at The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia and in medical genetics at the University of Pennsylvania. Anderson joined the medical faculty at Hopkins in 1967.
"Those who worked with Dr. Anderson here recall him as a dedicated colleague devoted to his work, his patients and this institution," said Edward Miller, M.D., dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "His service to Hopkins was exemplary."
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson, Md. Donations may be sent to the Norman D. Anderson Fund, c/o the Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, 100 N. Charles St., Suite 400, Baltimore 21201.
Anderson is survived by his wife, Myrna; four sons, Dr. Stephen Anderson, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Bruce Anderson, of Allentown, Pa.; Dr. Eric Anderson, of Arlington, Va.; and Matthew Anderson, of Fairfax, Va.; his mother, Myrtle Wilson, of Chinook, Mont.; a sister, Grace King, of Chinook; and nine grandchildren.