Stuart Bondurant


Honorary Degree (1980)
Doctor of Science
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: John W. Ryan


Stuart Bondurant was nationally-recognized leader in medical education and research. He was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1929. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he attended Duke University School of Medicine, where, in 1952, he earned a B.S. in Medicine and, in the following year, an M.D. His postgraduate medical training included an internship and a residency in the Department of Medicine at Duke Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. Following two years of military service as a Chief Medical Officer in the United States Air Force, and an appointment as a Senior Resident at the Peter Bent Bringham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Bondurant began a career in academic medicine which has earned him a place of lasting eminence in the United States.

In 1959 Dr. Bondurant accepted an Assistant Professorship of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He remained at Indiana until 1967, progressing in that time to the rank of Professor. From 1961 to 1967 Dr. Bondurant also served as the Associate Director of the Indiana University Cardiovascular Research Center. Dr. Bondurant left Indiana to take up an appointment as Chairman and Professor of Medicine at Albany Medical College in New York. From 1974 to 1979, he served as Dean of the Albany Medical College and as President of its Medical Center. In 1979 he became Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina.

Stuart Bondurant's notably successful career as a medical educator and administrator was achieved simultaneously with a distinguished and productive career in research. It was a career which began in 1951 with the Hanes Fellowship to the Department of Bacteriology, Duke University School of Medicine, and which included a United States Public Health Service Postdoctoral Fellowship during which Dr. Bondurant worked with Dr. John Hickam at the Duke University School of Medicine (1955-56). During 1966-67, Professor Bondurant took a leave of absence from Indiana University to assume the position of Chief of the Medical Branch, Artificial Heart-Myocardial Infarction Program of the National Institutes of Health. He also served on the Program-Project Committee of the National Heart Institute of the United States Public Health Service, and he chaired the Medical Devices Applications Program Advisory Committee of the National Lung and Heart Institute. This research and collaboration resulted in an impressive body of published material consisting of some forty separate bibliographic items, most of which deal with various aspects of cardiovascular disease.

An eminent medical researcher and administrator, Dr. Bondurant had many other calls on his time and energies. His professional responsibilities extended far beyond his administrative duties as Dean of a Medical School and the pursuit of his own research interests. His national reputation was earned by his appointment as Vice-President of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and as a member of the Committee on Smoking and Health of the American Medical Association. From 1964 to 1967 Dr. Bondurant was Editor of Clinical Research, and he held positions on the editorial boards of Circulation and journal of Areospace Medicine. He was elected to many executive positions in the American College of Physicians, currently serving as President. In addition, he served as Chairman of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dr. Bondurant's impressive achievements have been widely recognized. He won a Citation for Distinguished Service to Research from the American Heart Association, a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Duke University School of Medicine, and an Award of Merit from the American Heart Association.

Stuart Bondurant and Margaret Fortescue were married in August, 1954. They have one son and two daughters.