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  1. 1. NEWS www.uky.edu/PR CONTACT: Mary Margaret Colliver, (859) 361-1887 FOR RELEASE 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 heart syndrome. 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 problem. An Equal Opportunity University
  2. 2. "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
  3. 3. 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). ### We "see blue" at the University of Kentucky. We're home not only to powerhouse basketball and the best of intercollegiate athletics; we're also nationally ranked in more than 70 academic programs. We're charting an aggressive, exciting path toward becoming a Top 20 public research institution. “see blue.” is a lot of things, but most of all it's about helping students realize their potential and harness the power of their dreams. For more about UK’s efforts to become a Top 20 university and how we "see blue," visit www.uky.edu/OPBPA/business_plan.htm