Stan Shane – Dominion Post

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Dr. Stan Shane, devoted physician, husband, father and grandfather, died May 25, 2022, after a long battle with cancer and other health issues. His smile, wit, love of life and 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 meat packing district of Kansas City, Mo. He attended the University of Kansas on a special three-year pre -med program and earned his medical degree at the U of K School of Medicine. He took 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 School of Medicine in 1961 to become chief resident and then completed a fellowship in endocrinology.
From 1963-65, Stan served in the US Air Force as a physician in the early US Astronaut Program (prior to NASA), earning the rank of captain. He worked with Ken Cooper MD, who was instrumental in the early aerobic exercise craze. Stan was well known for running throughout Morgantown for exercise with his FM radio headset on. Early in his career, he helped to develop the West Virginia University School of Medicine 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 roles — director of the Metabolic Research Lab, section chief of endocrinology and metabolism and chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine. He developed a love for the outdoors — spending weekends skiing, hiking, camping, cycling and sailing with his family. His patients adored him, and one devoted patient even bequeathed him a 200-acre tree farm.
In 1987, Stan became vice dean at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine in Omaha. He missed the mountains, and in 1989, he discovered Reno when he came to watch his daughter downhill ski race at Mount Rose. Stan spent more than 25 years as the chairman of internal medicine and associate dean at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He was a devoted 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 years — 57 years after completing medical school.

He leveraged his dedication to medical education through various avenues. He was part of a team at the University of Nevada Medical School that started a family medicine residency in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in the early 2000s. He was basically known as “Dr. Endocrinologist” by his Kyrgyz colleagues. He served several years on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee. Also, he served as chair of the board of directors of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

In addition to his service to the University of Nevada Medical School, Stan helped found Northern Nevada HOPES in Reno, Nev. He chaired the board for many years, helping to grow the clinic that served people with HIV and then later becoming a full-service health center.

Often referred to as “The Doctors’ Doctor,” Stan was a favorite of his medical students and a mentor to many. He loved seeing patients and teaching at the bedside. Among his many national and local honors, he was inducted as a master of the American College of Physicians in 201`8. He was governor of the Nevada chapter of the ACP from 1998-2000 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from this organization 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.
A memorial fund has been established, creating the Stan Shane MD outstanding student award in Internal Medicine in the University of Nevada School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine. To make a gift, please contact Laurice Antoun-Becker, senior director of development, at (775)-682-6077.

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