Peadar Gerard Noone, MD, professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, and medical director of the UNC Center for Bronchiectasis Care, has received the 2019 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by The Arthur P. Gold Foundation. Noone was honored with the award at the 2019 UNC School of Medicine commencement on Saturday, May 11, recognizing exemplary compassion, empathy and respect for patients and for excellence in the art of medicine.
“I have been at UNC since the summer of 1992 when I came to work with Dr. Michael Knowles, a world class mentor and tremendous human being, in research and clinical training in lung diseases,” Noone said. “Although I’m a 1983 medical graduate of the National University of Ireland in Galway, after all these years, I consider UNC to be my true alma mater. In my time at the UNC School of Medicine, I have treasured, above all, the opportunities to interact with, learn from, and teach a host of fantastic UNC medical students. I am now totally humbled and very grateful for this lovely award from the class of 2019.”
Every year, The Arthur P. Gold Foundation makes it possible for the senior class to select a faculty member who consistently demonstrates compassion, empathy, respect, cultural sensitivity, effective communication and listening skills, and professional ethical standards in the delivery of care. The recipient understands a patient’s need for interpretation of complex medical diagnosis while showing respect for a patient’s viewpoint, pays attention to patients’ psychological well-being, engenders trust and confidence, and remains personally committed to self-evaluation. In addition, the faculty recipient serves as a role model and mentor, is approachable and accessible to students, and exhibits enthusiasm in interactions with students.