The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) has
awarded out vice-chair of the board, Jerry Nolan with the honorary title
of "Giant of Resuscitation".
“As a medical student in 1982, while undertaking an elective at a
community hospital in Newfoundland, Canada, I had the opportunity to
become proficient in intubation. Subsequently, in the UK, as a ‘House
Officer’ (intern) on the cardiac arrest team I would invariably adopt
the role of airway man. At that stage in my career I had no specific
interest in either anesthesia or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. My
motivation in anesthesia evolved over the next 3 years as I became
increasingly interested in the ‘life- and-death’ interventions performed
by anasthetists (emergency medicine was only a fledging specialty in
the UK in those days). In 1986, I attended a tutorial on CPR at the
University of Bristol. It was the most entertaining and compelling
tutorial I had ever attended and was delivered by a man with a sharp and
lively sense of humor–that man was Peter Baskett (honored as a
Resuscitation Giant in 2005). At that time, Peter was one of the
international leaders in resuscitation and was a highly influential
mentor to me and several of my colleagues. Thanks largely to him, I have
had the opportunity to be involved in many facets of resuscitation: as
an instructor and developer of resuscitation courses; as a frontline
undertaking resuscitation, mainly in hospital but also prehospital at
sporting events; as a guideline writer and editor; and as a scientist
undertaking clinical research. As a ‘Jack of all trades,’ I have been
lucky enough to work with friends and colleagues from many medical
disciplines throughout the world. Together we have assimilated the
science and, through the development of guidelines and training
materials, have translated it into clinical practice for the benefit of
Jerry Nolan, MD, FRCA, FFICM, FRCP, FCEM (Hon), has been a Consultant
Anaesthetist and Intensivist at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, since
1994 and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Bath since
1996 and Bristol since 2012. Throughout his career, he has made, and
continues to make, significant contributions to cardiopulmonary
resuscitation. Nolan’s contributions to resuscitation and emergency care
are well recognized in the United Kingdom, on both local and national
levels, and worldwide on the international level.
Nolan has been a member of the Board of the Resuscitation Council (UK)
and the ERC in leadership positions since 1995. He has been the
Editor-in-Chief for the journal Resuscitation since 2008. During his
leadership, the impact factor has been rising and the journal is ranked
second in the field of Emergency Medicine.
Nolan has been a member of the International Liaison Committee on
Resuscitation (ILCOR) since 2001, co-chaired ILCOR from 2001 to 2011 and
was co-editor for the ILCOR CoSTR in 2005 and 2010. He has been the
lead author for the ERC guidelines during the same time period. As an
elected Council Member of Royal College of Anaesthetists and President
of the Society of Intensive Care of the West of England he is
contributing in spreading the knowledge of CPR widely in UK.
Nolan is an excellent lecturer who continues to be in great demand: He
has delivered invited lectures in CPR not only on local and national
levels, but also all over the world. He still has a major clinical
commitment and regularly undertakes duties at his hospital in Bath.
Nolan has made CPR and ECC prominent aspects of his career and has
received national and international recognition for his contributions.
He has been giving several honorary lectures and is an Honorary Life
Member of Resuscitation Council UK and ERC. He has been awarded Honorary
Fellowship of both Royal College of Physicians and College of Emergency
Medicine in UK.
Despite his substantial administrative and clinical commitments, Nolan
continues to contribute to the science of resuscitation with regular
publications in this field. Jerry has published more than 200 papers and
over 50 book chapters. He has been on the editorial board of 16 books;
the majority are in the field of resuscitation and trauma care. He has
been on the editorial board of many leading journals for many years.
Nolan has prominent roles in both the ERC and ILCOR, and in this
capacity he has made, and continues to make, substantial contributions
to ECC programs around the world. He is a warm and wonderful person and
has the capacity to motivate and support his fellow colleagues.