He has been on the Penn faculty since 1973, serving now as Clinical Professor of Surgery. Actively involved in resident education, Dr. Noone directed the plastic surgery resident rotation at the Bryn Mawr Hospital, where he served as Chair of the Department of Surgery from 1991 to 2001. He is the first Chief of Plastic Surgery at Main Line Health.
Focused on clinical research, Dr. Noone was a pioneer in the development of the concepts and techniques of breast reconstruction at the time of mastectomy. Controversial at the time of his presentations in the early 1980s, immediate breast reconstruction is now the standard of care for the breast cancer patient desiring restoration. His early publications on the subject are included in his contributions of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters and the textbook Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast.
Active in setting standards for the education and certification of plastic surgeons, Dr. Noone served as a Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery from 1988 to 1994, becoming the first Executive Director of that Board in 1997, serving for 18 years in that position. He was named Executive Director Emeritus in 2015. In recognition for his service to the specialty, an endowed lecture in his name will be presented regularly at the annual meeting of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the oldest and most prestigious organization of plastic surgeons in the world. He is a Past President of that Association, has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow and as the recipient of the Honorary Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Association.
He has chaired the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from that organization. Other awards include the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Scranton. He was on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, a representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges and President of the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons and the R. H. Ivy Pennsylvania Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Dr. Noone is married for 50 years to the former Barbara Atkins and they are the proud parents of five children, two of whom are Penn Med graduates, and the grandparents of 13.