Robert Barrett Noone, MD, FACS
R. Barrett Noone, M.D. received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. He completed residencies in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at that institution and has held a faculty position since 1973.
He gained international recognition as a pioneer in developing and promoting reconstruction of the female breast at the time of mastectomy. Controversial at the time of his research and publications in the 1970s and early 1980s, immediate reconstruction is now the standard of care for the breast cancer patient desiring restoration. His early publications on the technical results, oncological safety and psychological benefit to the patient are included in his contributions of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters and the 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, and in 1997, he was elected the first Executive Director and CEO of the Board, a position he held until 2015. He now is Executive Director Emeritus. He gained national recognition serving on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, which recognized his contributions by his election as Chair of the 24 ABMS Member Board Executive Directors, a position he held for seven years.
In recognition of his contributions to the specialty, an endowed lecture in his name is presented regularly at the annual meeting of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the oldest and most prestigious organization of plastic surgeons in the world. He is a Past President of the Association, has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow and as the recipient of the Honorary Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Association.
Dr. Noone chaired the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from that organization. Other awards include the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Scranton. He is a member of the American Surgical Association and served on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons and as a representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Throughout his career he has actively practiced plastic surgery and has been dedicated to resident education at Penn Plastic Surgery, teaching regularly as Clinical Professor of Surgery at Penn. He served for 10 years as Chair of the Department of Surgery at Bryn Mawr (PA)Hospital.
Dr. Noone is married for 54 years to the former Barbara Atkins, and they are the proud parents of five children, two of whom are physicians, and the grandparents of 13.
Dr. Noone served as a Captain in the General Surgical Service of the US Air Force from 1967 until his honorable discharge in 1969. His memberships include:
President, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (2000-2001)
President-elect, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (1999-2000)
Vice President, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (1998-1999)
Secretary, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (1995-1998)
Board of Governors, American College of Surgeons (1994-1998)
Chairman, Board of Trustees, American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (1994-1995)
Board of Directors, American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (1989-1990, 1992-1995)
Delegate in Plastic Surgery, American Medical Association (1986-1988)
President, Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons (1985-1986)
President, Robert H. Ivy Pennsylvania Plastic Surgery Society (1982-1983)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
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