UPDATED: Remembering Dr. Bill Nugent

UPDATE:  The Valley News has published an obituary for Dr. Nugent, which you can find here.

Please see the note below regarding the passing of William C. Nugent Jr, MD, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, of Community and Family Medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute.   

Dr. Nugent retired in 2014 after 33 years of service to Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Geisel School of Medicine, in which he was well known as a dedicated clinician and educator. Additionally, he had a long record of scholarly and research contributions, authoring or co-authoring 45 peer reviewed publications. He served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Cardiovascular Disease Management and served on many expert advisory panels around cardiovascular care for several national societies and organizations, including the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences. 

We will share a link to his obituary and information regarding services when available. Information about contacting Dr. Nugent’s family is in Joanne’s message below.  



From: Joanne M. Conroy, CEO and President <Office.of.the.CEO@hitchcock.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 11:50 AM
To: Joanne M. Conroy, CEO and President <Office.of.the.CEO@hitchcock.org>
Subject: Remembering Dr. Bill Nugent

Colleagues –

I’m writing this morning with the sad news, already known to some of you, of the passing of our friend and colleague Dr. William C. (Bill) Nugent. Bill died on Sunday, January 31, from complications of cancer.

Bill joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 1981, as the fourth member of the section of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He led the Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery from 1990-2012, and was the first Avery Professor of Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, retiring from D-H in 2014. He was a founder, in 1987, of the Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group (NNE) - a collaboration of cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and others involved in heart bypass operations throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Among his many other professional assignments and commitments, he was a consultant to the Institute of Medicine’s President's Council on Quality Improvement in Healthcare, and served on the Cardiovascular Clinical Advisory Panel of The Joint Commission.

Bill was an Emeritus Professor of Surgery, of Community and Family Medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. In addition to his work at DHMC, he served patients at the VA Medical Center in White River Jct., VT.

He was a man of many accomplishments, but will be remembered for his commitment to patients and not accepting the status quo, and what one colleague referred to as “his undeniable optimism, his willingness to embrace change and his love of new people and new ideas.”

To those of you who would like to send a note to Bill’s family, the address is:

P.O. Box 377, True Road
Meriden, NH 03770

As a full obituary and more information on services for Bill are made available, we’ll share it with you on our intranet site.