Stanton Peelle Nolan

Stanton Nolan

Title: Surgeon, Educator
Company: University of Virginia Medical Center
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Stanton Peelle Nolan, Surgeon and Educator at the University of Virginia Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medicine and higher education.

With more than 40 years of professional experience in healthcare and academia, Dr. Nolan has been retired since 2005, having formerly served as a clinical professor of surgery at the University of Virginia Medical Center since 1998. Currently a professor emeritus, he served the University of Virginia Medical Center for the majority of his career in a number of capacities, including medical director of the thoracic cardiovascular post-operative unit, Claude A. Jessup Professor of Surgery, professor of surgery, surgeon-in-charge in thoracic cardiovascular surgery, associate professor of surgery, and assistant professor of surgery. He commenced his career as a senior research associate of clinical surgery at the National Heart Institute with the National Institutes of Health in the late 1960s.

Dr. Nolan prepared for his career with an extensive education, first receiving a Bachelor of Arts at Princeton University in 1955 and Doctor of Medicine at the University of Virginia in 1959. He completed an internship at the University of Virginia Medical Center, soon becoming an assistant resident in general surgery at the same facility. Thereafter, Dr. Nolan was a research fellow in surgery, senior assistant to the resident of general surgery, chief resident of general surgery, and chief resident of cardiovascular surgery. He also received a Master of Science at the University of Virginia during his residencies, which he earned in 1962. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.

A former keynote speaker for the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants in 2000, Dr. Nolan has contributed his time and expertise to a number of associations both nationally and internationally, including as a consultant for the Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation in India, visiting consultant for Voluntary Health Services in India, visiting consultant in cardiothoracic surgery at Aga Khan University in Pakistan, and visiting professor of cardiac surgery at the University of Wisconsin. He also traveled to Germany for a brief period of time in 1990, acting as a visiting professor at the University of Hanover. In addition, he has served the American Heart Association in a number of roles, including as chair, surgery and bioengineering study section, and established investigator. Furthermore, he was a consultant in thoracic cardiovascular surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salem, VA, and a surgical consultant at the Bureau for Crippled Children in Charlottesville, VA.

Passionate about his community, Dr. Nolan has participated in numerous civic engagements during his tenure. An emeritus member of Piedmont Liability Trust since 2007, he formerly served the organization on the claims committee and on the board of directors. In addition, he was board chair, on the foundation board, and chair of the residents’ association of the Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, as well as on the board of managers of the Central Virginia Health Network.

A prolific author and editor, Dr. Nolan was the coeditor of “Comprehensive Thoracic Surgery Curriculum” in the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association in 1995, and he served on the science advisory board for the Journal for Heart Valve Disease. A former member of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, he also acted on the editorial advisory board for ECRI Operating Room Risk Management and on the editorial board of the Journal of Surgical Research. He has contributed more than 170 articles to professional journals and more than 20 chapters to books throughout his career.

Dr. Nolan has remained affiliation with the Society for Thoracic Surgeons on the standards and ethics committee, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation as chair, and the American College of Surgeons on the executive committee. Earlier in his career, Dr. Nolan served the American Heart Association on the council on cardiovascular surgery, the Society for Thoracic Surgeons on the standards and ethics committee and ad hoc committee on industry relations, and the Virginia Vascular Society on the executive council. Notably, he has been elected a fellow of the American College of Surgeons in the committee of allied health personnel and a research fellow of the American Cancer Society and Virginia Heart Association.

In recognition of his exceptional achievements, Dr. Nolan has accrued several accolades throughout his career. Most recently winning the Award for Exceptional Service from the Commission on Accreditation Allied Health Education Program, he was also the recipient of the eponymous Stanton P. Nolan Professorship for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery from the University of Virginia Board of Visitors. Presented with the Clyde Watson Distinguished Service Award from Pastoral Care and Education, he was presented with the Merit Award from the Research Forum of American College of Chest Physicians. Furthermore, he received grants from Medtronic Corporation, the American Heart Association, and the National Institutes of Health. The University of Virginia Medical School also gave him a John Horsley Memorial Prize in 1962.

Married to the late Ruth Nolan, Dr. Nolan is the proud father of two children. He has been selected for inclusion into several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.

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