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Noonan Receives Top Alumni Award
LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 10, 2009) − Dr. Jacqueline A. Noonan, a pediatric
cardiologist at Kentucky Children's Hospital, was honored recently by her alma mater.
Noonan, a 1954 graduate of the University of Vermont (UVM) College of Medicine,
received the A. Bradley Soule Award during a reunion awards ceremony.
The A. Bradley Soule Award is the highest award conferred by the UVM College
of Medicine’s Medical Alumni Association and is given to an alumnus whose dedication
to the college emulates that of the award’s first recipient, Dr. Bradley Soule, a
radiologist who became a mentor to many medical students.
Noonan is professor emeritus of pediatrics, University of Kentucky College of
Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology. Noonan has
been caring for children with congenital heart disease for more than 50 years. She
was the first person to characterize a hereditary disorder typified by heart malformations
and accompanied by a unique set of physical characteristics, a disorder that would later
be named the “Noonan Syndrome,” and was also the first to describe hypoplastic left
For many years, Noonan chaired the UK Department of Pediatrics and helped
establish the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. To honor Noonan, an endowed chair was
established, the Jacqueline A. Noonan Children’s Miracle Network Endowed Chair in
Pediatric Research. Noonan was one of the original UK faculty members hired when the
UK College of Medicine opened and treated the very first patient admitted to the UK
Albert B. Chandler Hospital. The patient was a child and Noonan treated her for a heart
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"Although not born in Kentucky, Dr. Noonan has devoted more than 47 years of
her professional life to Kentucky," said Jody Bosomworth, wife of chancellor emeritus of
the UK Medical Center/UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Dr. Peter P. Bosomworth and
longtime friend. "She is one of the most important individuals in the history of American
and Kentucky pediatric care. Her skills in research are highly appreciated by her
colleagues for her original description of hypoplastic left heart syndrome and the
discovery of what is known as the Noonan Heart Syndrome.
"During her tenure she organized many pediatric clinics in numerous rural
Kentucky counties and personally provided pediatric cardiology services in the clinics,
frequently without compensation. Her altruism is widely recognized not only in Kentucky
but internationally. Her impact on the health of Kentucky children continues today. Since
retiring in 1999 she has remained highly involved. Her post-retirement appointments
see her traveling and providing patient care to Eastern Kentucky one to two days a
month at regional clinics as part of the Kentucky Commission for Children with Special
Health Care needs."
Noonan also serves on the UK College of Medicine Advisory Committee and the
Institutional Review Board. She continues to teach small groups of medical students in
problem-based case study and is active in the humanities program. In addition, Noonan
is active in the community. She is medical advisor for Children's Hospice, also known as
Daniel's Care. She serves on the boards of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
Foundation and the Lexington Philharmonic. She previously served on boards for the
Kentucky American Heart Association, International Book Project and St. Joseph
Hospital Foundation. Having published over 70 peer-reviewed articles, she continues to
publish since she says she has more time. Her involvement as a member of the
Cathedral of Christ the King in Lexington includes serving as a Eucharistic minister,
lector and singing in the Resurrection Choir.
“Dr. Noonan has done more to impact the health of Kentucky’s children than
anyone else in the history of the Commonwealth," said Dr. Tim Bricker, professor and
Jacqueline A. Noonan Children's Miracle Network Endowed Chair, UK Department of
Pediatrics, and physician-in-chief, Kentucky Children’s Hospital. “Her impact upon
pediatric care nationally and internationally has been profound. We are keenly aware of
our responsibility to continue the level of patient care, teaching and investigation at
Kentucky Children’s Hospital that she established here. She taught and mentored many
medical students and residents for more than 47 years, many of whom have had
distinguished careers dedicated to improving the health of Kentucky’s children. And she
continues to care for pediatric heart patients throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky,
many from families whom she has cared for over several generations."
A current member of the UVM Medical Alumni Association (MAA) Alumni
Executive Committee, UVM’s Wilbur Society, and a past member of the Medical
Planned Giving Committee, Noonan received the first-ever UVM MAA Distinguished
Service Award (now called the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award) in 1966. In
1980, she received an honorary UVM Doctorate of Science. Among her many honors
are an endowed Chair in Pediatric Research named for her at the UK College of
Medicine (2007), as well as honorary proclamations from the Governor (2006) and
Senate (2008) of Kentucky, a watercolor portrait of her that hangs in a permanent
exhibit at the Kentucky Capitol Building, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from “Top
Doctors in America” group Castle Connolly (2008).
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