(Bryn Mawr, Pa.) – R. Barrett Noone, MD, Main Line Health’s first appointed chair of Plastic Surgery, was recently honored with an Endowed Lecture by the American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS) for his contributions to plastic surgery. The AAPS is the oldest and most prestigious organization of plastic surgeons in the world, founded in 1921. Dr. Noone, who is a past president of the Association, has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow and a recipient of the Honorary Award, the highest honor bestowed by the AAPS.
There have been two previous named lectures at the AAPS Annual Meeting: the first was started in 1951, honoring Dr. William Kiskadden, an early president of the AAPS; the second began in 1996, honoring Dr. Joseph E. Murray, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1990, the only plastic surgeon to become a Nobel Laureate. The Noone Lecture will rotate on a triennial schedule with the others. The first lecture was presented by Dr. Noone in New York City on May 20.
Receiving his medical degree and residencies in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Noone has practiced plastic surgery in affiliation with Bryn Mawr Hospital, part of Main Line Health, for his entire career. Actively involved in resident education, Dr. Noone is clinical professor of Surgery at Penn Medicine and directed the plastic surgery resident rotation at Bryn Mawr Hospital, where he served as chair of the Department of Surgery from 1991 to 2001.
Focused on clinical research, Dr. Noone was a pioneer in the development of the concepts and techniques of breast reconstruction at the time of mastectomy. Controversial at the time of his presentations in the early 1980s, immediate breast reconstruction is now the standard of care for the breast cancer patient desiring restoration. His early publications on the subject are included in his contributions of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters and his textbook Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast.
Active in setting standards for the education and certification of plastic surgeons, Dr. Noone served as a director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery from 1988 to 1994, becoming the first executive director of that Board in 1997 and serving for 18 years in that position. He was named executive director emeritus in 2015. He has chaired the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from that organization. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Scranton. He was on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, a representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges and President of the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons and the R. H. Ivy Pennsylvania Society of Plastic Surgeons. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
On May 26, Dr. Noone was recognized at the Bryn Mawr Hospital medical staff's Medical Executive Meeting for his years of service and dedication to the hospital. Dr. Noone was Chief of Plastic Surgery from 1977–2005; Bryn Mawr Hospital Campus Chief for the Department of Surgery from 1996–2001; and medical staff member from 1972–2016.