Professor of Surgery
Division of Transplant & Assist Devices
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US
Meyer-DeBakey Chair in Investigative Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine


Advanced Training from Baylor College Of Medicine Affiliate Hospitals
Advanced Training from Baylor College Of Medicine Affiliate Hospitals
Advanced Training from Jefferson Davis Hospital
M.D. from Baylor College Of Medicine
B.S. from University Of Arizona


Board Certified
American Board of Surgery
Board Certified
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Board Certified
American Board of General Vascular Surgery

Honors & Awards

Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award for Academic Clinical Professionalism
2010 Houston Distinguished Surgeon Award
2009 George P. Noon Leading Hearts Award
2009 Dr. Barney Clark Award
2009 Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. Humanitarian Award
2002 “Torch of Hope” Award
Space Technology Hall of Fame

Professional Interests

  • Organ transplantation
  • Cardiac assist devices

Professional Statement

Dr. George P. Noon has focused his surgical career in organ transplantation and cardiac assist devices. In 1968, Dr. Noon, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, and their surgical team performed their first heart and later lung transplant. The program was discontinued because worldwide results were discouraging. When the immunosuppressant cyclosporine became available in 1986, Drs. Noon and DeBakey restarted the transplant program.

It was crucial for the surgical team to provide mechanical ventricular assistance for patients with heart failure. Dr. Noon became the primary surgeon for the insertion of ventricular assist devices. In 1988, Drs. Noon and DeBakey met with engineers from NASA to develop a miniature axial flow blood pump. Ten years later, Dr. Noon participated in the care of President Boris Yeltsin, who needed a coronary bypass operation. In the same year, the first MicroMed DeBakey-Noon human implants were performed in Berlin, Germany. In 1999, Dr. Noon was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame.

Dr. Noon is a member of multiple societies, has been invited as a guest lecturer and surgeon throughout the world, and has authored more than 350 publications. He is internationally known and respected for his pioneering research and clinical expertise in transplantation and assist devices.

Selected Publications


American College of Surgeons
American College of Cardiology
American College of Chest Physicians
Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society
American Medical Association
Association for Academic Surgery
Harris County Medical Society
Houston Academy of Medicine
Houston Heart Association
Houston Surgical Society
The American Association for Vascular Surgery
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Southwestern Surgical Congress
Texas Medical Association
Texas Transplantation Society
American Society for Artificial Organs