Jacqueline Noonan

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Jacqueline A. Noonan
Born (1928-10-28) October 28, 1928 (age 90)
Burlington, Vermont
EducationAlbertus Magnus College (B.S.),
University of Vermont (M.D.),
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Residency),
Children's Hospital Boston (Fellowship)
Occupationpediatric cardiologist
EmployerUniversity of Kentucky
Known forNoonan Syndrome,
hypoplastic left heart syndrome
TitleProfessor Emerita

Jacqueline Anne Noonan is a pediatric cardiologist best known for her characterization of a genetic disorder now called Noonan syndrome.[1][2] She was also the original describer of hypoplastic left heart syndrome.[3]


Noonan was born October 28, 1928 in Burlington, Vermont.[1] She studied chemistry at Albertus Magnus College, medicine at the University of Vermont, and became certified in her field in Boston in 1956. She subsequently began work at the University of Iowa. As their first pediatric cardiologist, she noticed that children with a rare type of heart defect called pulmonary valve stenosis often had a characteristic physical appearance with short stature, webbed neck, wide-spaced eyes, and low-set ears. She presented her first paper on the subject in 1963, and after several more papers and recognition, the condition was officially named Noonan syndrome in 1971. Dr. Noonan moved on to the fledgling University of Kentucky medical school in 1961, where she served for over forty years. An endowed chair in pediatric research has been established in her name, and while she semi-retired as of 2007, she was still working at age 85 as of February 2014.[4]


Aside from the rare distinction of having a medical condition named after her, Noonan has received numerous other honors, including the 1971 Helen B. Frazer Award, the 1985 Harpers Bazaar's Best Women Doctors in America, and later The Best Doctors in America award.[1] She received the A. Bradley Soule Award from the University of Vermont College of Medicine for dedication to the college as an alumna and mentor to medical students.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Jacqueline Anne Noonan at Who Named It?
  2. ^ "A hero for young hearts". November 6, 2006. Retrieved 13 November 2007.
  3. ^ "Dr. Jacqueline A. Noonan, A Heart of Gold Honored". University of Kentucky News. November 3, 2006. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2007.
  4. ^ Charity Nebbe (27 February 2014). "Noonan Syndrome with guest Dr Jaqueline Noonan". Iowa Public Radio, Talk of Iowa. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Fellows in the news: Jacqueline A. Noonan, M.D.,FAAP". AAP News. 30 (9). Elk Grove Village, Illinois: American Academy of Pediatrics. September 2009. p. 44. Retrieved 13 September 2009.