Norris Green was recently named executive director of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners. Green originally joined the ALBME in July 2015 as the associate executive director and was officially named director following the retirement of Larry Dixon in December 2016.
Prior to coming to the ALBME, Green worked for 39 years with the Alabama Legislative Fiscal Office and served as its director for his last four years with the organization.
“Since joining the ALBME, I’ve enjoyed working with our staff members and getting to know Alabama’s physicians who serve as members of the board,” Green said. “We are all working together to shape our state’s health care future. This can be challenging, yet very rewarding work, and I’m excited about continuing to move Alabama forward in our changing health care climate.”
Green has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Auburn University, a Juris Doctor degree from Jones School of Law, and is a member of the Alabama State Bar. During his career, he received recognition by the National Association for Legislative Fiscal Offices for outstanding contributions to the Alabama Legislature as well as recognition of the fiscal office by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities as a model legislative agency.
“The Medical Association is excited to work with Norris and continue our strong relationship with the ALBME,” said Association Executive Director Mark Jackson. “His ability to work with complex issues with his experience of the inner workings of state government will be a tremendous asset to our physicians.”
MONTGOMERY – After serving as executive director of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners for more than 35 years, Larry Dixon has announced his retirement at the end of the year.
“We are like family here,” Dixon said. “It has been my privilege to serve Alabama’s physicians and our staff because we are so much like family. We’ve been a part of each other’s lives for so many years, and I’m going to miss that. We’ve done great things together, but I know there are still great things to come.”
Dixon brought his experience with continuing education to the Medical Association of the State of Alabama in 1972 and established the Association’s education department, which has continued to flourish by producing original continuing medical education programs for Alabama’s physicians, as well as nurse practitioners and certified registered nurse practitioners.
“The Medical Association has one of the strongest education departments in the country due largely to the foundation on which it was given when Larry Dixon created it,” said Medical Association Executive Director Mark Jackson. “Since then, he has been the driving force behind the ALBME and making the organization one of the best in the nation year after year. He put his stamp of excellence on both organizations, and we are equally better for it.”
Dixon served four terms on the U.S. Federation of State Medical Boards and was the first president of the Administrators in Medicine, an organization he helped charter. He has also served on committees of both AIM and FSMB. In 2009 he received the Meritorious Service Award from FSMB, and in 2014 FSMB awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame in 2016, and also earlier this year, the Medical Association honored him by renaming the building that houses the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners to the Dixon-Parker Building.
During the years, Dixon has watched as downtown Montgomery has grown up outside his office window, both figuratively and literally. After serving a term on the Montgomery City Council in 1975 to 1978, he was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives. In 2010 Dixon retired after serving seven terms in the Alabama Legislature – four years in the Alabama House of Representatives before being elected to the Alabama Senate.
His many accomplishments include being a member of the board of directors of the Montgomery Airport Authority; board member of the finance committee and past member of the administrative board of First United Methodist Church; charter member of the Certified Medical Board Executives; member of the advisory committee of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program; and member of the board of directors of the FSMB Research and Education Foundation.