The Legacy of R. Barrett Noone, MD, FACS
Dr. R. Barrett Noone’s contributions to the field of plastic surgery could fill volumes. Dr. Noone is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and he completed residencies in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Long involved in academic surgery, he was Clinical Professor of Surgery at Penn, and throughout his career he directed the residency affiliation between Penn and Main Line Health hospitals in plastic surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Noone served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital and Lankenau Hospital and was the Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Bryn Mawr Hospital from 1991-2001. A Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery from 1988 to 1994, he was selected as the first Executive Director of the Board in 1997 which he served until his retirement in August, 2015. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).
Dr. Noone was President of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the oldest and most prestigious organization of plastic surgeons in the world and received their Distinguished Fellow award. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Honorary Award, the highest honor the Association bestows, recognizing outstanding contributions in either the humanities or sciences related to medicine and surgery.
Dr. Noone is past chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. His contributions to plastic surgery were recognized in 2012 with the Special Achievement Award, the Society’s most prestigious honor.
Dr. Noone was instrumental in introducing the early concepts and techniques of breast reconstruction at the time of mastectomy, a pioneering concept in the late 1970’s, that has become a standard of care for the breast cancer patient. He has over 100 contributions to the scientific literature, including peer-reviewed articles, chapters and two books: “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast” and “75 Years of Growth in the Public Trust: The American Board of Plastic Surgery 1937-2012.” He was also the founder and 3rd President of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons and was a Governor of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Noone’s 40 years of exceptional service to patients on the Main Line and in the Greater Philadelphia area has set the standard for patient care. He and his wife, Barbara Atkins Noone, reside in Haverford. They are the proud parents of five children and 12 grandchildren.
Dr. Claytor joined Dr. Noone in 2014 and now carries on Dr. Noone’s legacy at Claytor Noone Plastic Surgery. Read more about Dr. Claytor here.