Dr. Stan Shane, a dedicated physician, husband, father and grandfather, passed away on May 25, 2022, after a long battle with cancer and other health issues. His smile, his wit, his zest for life and his keen sense of humor will be missed.
Stan was born on July 29, 1933, in Kansas City, Mo., to Russian immigrant parents who operated a small grocery store in the meatpacking district of Kansas City, Mo. He attended the University of Kansas during a period three-year special. -med and received his medical degree from the U of K School of Medicine. He completed an internship at Los Angeles County Medical Center and then an internal medicine residency at the University of Kansas. He followed a well-known endocrinologist, Ed Flink, to West Virginia University medical school in 1961 to become chief resident, then completed a fellowship in endocrinology.
From 1963 to 1965, Stan served in the US Air Force as a medical officer in the early US astronaut program (pre-NASA), achieving the rank of captain. He worked with Ken Cooper MD, who was instrumental in starting the aerobic exercise craze. Stan was well known for running around Morgantown for exercise with his FM radio headset. Early in his career, he helped develop West Virginia University’s medical school in Morgantown shortly after it became a four-year program. During his 24 years at WVU, he became a professor of internal medicine and held several positions – director of the metabolic research laboratory, section chief of endocrinology and metabolism, and chair of the department of internal medicine. He developed a love for the outdoors – spending weekends skiing, hiking, camping, biking and sailing with his family. His patients adored him, and one devoted patient even left him a 200-acre tree farm.
In 1987, Stan became associate dean of the University of Nebraska Medical School at Omaha. He missed the mountains, and in 1989 he discovered Reno when he came to see his daughter downhill skiing at Mount Rosa. Stan spent more than 25 years as Chairman of Internal Medicine and Associate Dean at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He was a dedicated clinician and teacher, inspiring generations of students and residents to be caring and competent physicians and ensuring that patients received the care they needed and deserved. He retired in 2015 at the age of 82 – 57 after completing medical school.
He put his dedication to medical education to good use in a variety of ways. He was part of a University of Nevada Medical School team that started a family medicine residency in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in the early 2000s. He was affectionately referred to as “Dr. Endocrinologist” by his colleagues. He served for several years on the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and served as Chairman of the Board of the National Physician Assistant Certification Commission.
In addition to his service at the University of Nevada Medical School, Stan helped found Northern Nevada HOPES in Reno, Nevada. He chaired the board for many years, helping to grow the clinic that served people living with HIV, then later becoming a full service. Health center.
Often referred to as “the Doctor of Doctors”, Stan was a favorite of his medical students and a mentor to many. He enjoyed seeing patients and teaching at the bedside. Among his many national and local accolades, he was inducted as a Master of the American College of Physicians in 201`8. He served as Governor of the Nevada Chapter of the CPA from 1998 to 2000 and received that organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
Stan was predeceased by his first wife of 40 years, Beverly E. Shane, and is survived by his beloved wife of 17 years, Suzanne, three children, two stepchildren, and seven grandchildren and step-grandchildren. children.
A memorial fund was established, establishing the Stan Shane MD Outstanding Student Award in Internal Medicine at the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. To donate, please contact Laurice Antoun-Becker, Senior Director of Development, at (775)-682-6077.
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