Norman Dinerman, MD

Norman Dinerman, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Dinerman serves as the Medical Director, LifeFlight of Maine. He is also the Medical Director of the Northern Light Health Transfer Center. He serves as a physician advisor to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) compliance program. In these positions, he provides medical oversight of the system for transfer and transport of patients throughout the region, the statewide LifeFlight of Maine air and ground critical care transport teams, and the MedComm Communications Center. He is an active participant in national, local, and statewide activities which bear upon “peri-hospital” care of patients. His clinical practice is that of emergency medicine and critical care transport medicine aboard LifeFlight aircraft and ground ambulances. Of late, he has focused considerable effort on improving patient flow and institutional capacity, particularly as it affects the ability of a hospital to manage the volume of patients who present with an unscheduled demand for care. Optimizing the creativity and leveraging the panoply of fragile resources of the health care tapestry is an intense focus of his work.

Dr. Dinerman served as the Chief of the Emergency Medicine Service at Eastern Maine Medical Center for eighteen years, completing his tenure in this position on Oct. 31, 2006. From June 1992 to June 1996 he served as the State EMS Medical Director for Maine. From March 1979 until October 1988 he served as the Associate Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Denver General Hospital, Denver, Colorado, as well as the Director and Physician Advisor to the Paramedic Division for the Denver Department of Health and Hospitals and Physician Advisor to the Denver Fire Department. During the same period, he served as the Agency Disaster Coordinator for the Denver Department of Health and Hospitals. He is a former member of the National Association of EMS Physicians where he served as the Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee. He has served as a member of the EMS Technical Assistance Team for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration on multiple occasions. He lectured as a charter faculty member of the National EMS Medical Directors’ Course and Practicum for more than twelve years.

Dr. Dinerman is a native of New York City and received his undergraduate education at Columbia University and his medical degree from Yale University. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He received his flight training to become a licensed pilot, in Denver, Colorado,

He has a deep and abiding interest in the academic, operational, political, clinical, ethical, and cultural aspects of health care system design by which to mitigate the adverse influence of geography on health care outcome. His personal motto remains “passion, creativity, and irreverence in the service of evolution….”