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Dr. John P. Naughton, UB medical school dean May 20, 1933 -- May 21, 2012


Dr. John P. Naughton, the longest-serving dean in the history of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, died Monday in his Cheektowaga home.

The internationally known cardiologist, who served as dean for 21 years and was UB's vice president for clinical affairs for the last 12 of those years, was 79.

A native of Nanticoke, Pa., he graduated from St. Louis University and earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Dr. Naughton never forgot the lessons he learned while observing a family doctor in a small Oklahoma town during a rotation in medical school.

"He tried to create a medical school that would train students to provide the kind of patient-centered care he saw there," said his longtime colleague, Dr. Thomas C. Rosenthal, chairman of UB's department of family medicine.

Dr. Naughton joined the UB faculty in 1975 as dean and professor of medicine, according to a biography provided by the university.

He previously had served as professor of medicine and dean for academic affairs at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Naughton was considered an expert in the field of exercise and physical activity and in the prevention of coronary heart disease.

He developed the Naughton Treadmill Protocol, the first protocol used for exercise stress tests.

Dr. Naughton took on the position of vice president for clinical affairs in 1984, and in 1985 was named professor of physiology.

At UB, he raised the standards for faculty recruitment and oversaw aggressive new approaches to medical training for underrepresented groups.

Dr. Naughton helped to establish UB's consortium of teaching hospitals and developed the UB Faculty Management Plan, the precursor to UBMD, the university's physician practice plan.

He also served as vice chairman of the Western New York Health Sciences consortium.

After stepping down as dean and vice president in 1996, Dr. Naughton returned to the faculty ranks. He retired as a professor in the department of rehabilitation medicine in 2009.

Dr. Naughton was the author of two books and more than 125 scientific publications, and served as editor and a member of the editorial boards of a number of professional journals.

He was a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Physicians and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Survivors include four sons, Dr. Bruce, George, Michael and Thomas; two daughters, Marsha Lutostanski and Lisa Bolten; a brother, Joseph M.; a sister, Anne F. Edlefson; and his beloved partner, Nancy Glieco.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.