Norman F. Gant, MD, FACOG, has received this year’s Luella Klein Lifetime Achievement Award.
He was director of the American Board of Family Medicine from 1989 to 1994. During this period, he held several leadership positions in the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, including executive director from 1992 to 2009.
Dr. Gant’s academic career spans 41 years. He has held faculty positions in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, including 25 years as associate chairman and then chairman of the department. Dr. Gant served as a senior attending physician at Parkland Memorial Hospital and was chief of service in Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1977 to 1983. He served as a consulting physician at three additional hospitals in Dallas.
His distinguished scientific career spans from 1969 to 2005 and generated 140 publications, more than 70 abstract presentations, and multiple awards. His most notable work has been with management of hypertension in pregnancy, although his publication record spans numerous topics in obstetrics and gynecology. He has received 17 merit awards from a variety of organizations, including election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in October 2001 and two major awards named in his honor: The Norman F. Gant Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology, established in 2009 at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and The Gant/American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Anniversary Fellowship, established at the Institute of Medicine in 2009.
Dr. Gant earned his undergraduate degree from North Texas State University in 1962 and graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1964. He was an intern and then a resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. He did two fellowships in reproductive physiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, 1968-1970 and 1972-1973.