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Noel T. Boaz, Ph.D., MD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Boaz has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of healthcare and higher education

Dr. Boaz is a biological anthropologist who is currently a professor of anatomy and director of the human anatomy lab at the School of Health Sciences at Emory & Henry College.

    MARION, VA, May 20, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Noel T. Boaz, Ph.D., MD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Boaz celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Boaz is a biological anthropologist who is currently a professor of anatomy and director of the human anatomy lab at the School of Health Sciences at Emory & Henry College. Presently working to develop a new health science curriculum on campus built around evolutionary medicine, his current research includes new approaches to anatomical teaching and continuing medical education using soft-embalming, the clinical anatomy of the umbilical vein and the prevention of stillbirth, the relationship of bone thickness and density in withstanding cranial blunt trauma and ongoing analysis of paleobiology of the African Neogene Period. Dr. Boaz is also the founder of the Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine and the International Institute for Human Evolutionary Research.

A former assistant professor of anthropology and anatomy at the New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Boaz was also a lecturer in anthropology at UCLA, a professor of anatomy and the director of research development at the Ross University School of Medicine, a professor of anatomy and the head of medical education at the Libyan International Medical University in Benghazi and a professor of anatomy and the chair of the anatomy department at the Saba University School of Medicine in Saba, Netherlands Antilles. He also headed the IIHER research institute at the George Washington University for a time and was a Meyerhoff visiting professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He has been a longtime research associate professor of biology at the University of Virginia since 1986. Prior to his work in academia, Dr. Boaz was a senior museum scientist in paleoanthropology at the University California, Berkeley, between 1975 and 1977.

Dr. Boaz served as director of the International Sahabi Research Project in Libya and director of the East Libya Neogene Research Project. His field work has included directing the Semliki Research Expedition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Western Rift Research Expedition in Uganda. Dr. Boaz has since discovered paleontological sites important to hominid evolution in the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene of east, north and central Africa, and conducted paleoanthropological research in Pleistocene China. Dr. Boaz has been a Fellow of the Explorers Club since 1982 and has carried the Explorers Club flag on his African expeditions.

Writing extensively in his field, Dr. Boaz was senior editor and co-author of "Neogene Paleontology and Geology of Sahabi, Libya" in 1987, editor and co-author of "Evolution of Environments and Hominidae in the African Western Rift Valley" in 1990 and senior author of "Biological Anthropology: A Synthetic Approach to Human Evolution" in 1997. He also authored "Quarry: Closing in on the Missing Link" in 1993, "Eco Homo: How The Human Being Emerged from the Cataclysmic History of the Earth" in 1997 and "Evolving Health: The Origins of Illness and How the Modern World is Making Us Sick" in 2002 and was senior author of "Dragon Bone Hill: An Ice-Age Saga of Homo Erectus" in 2004.

Dr. Boaz founded of the Virginia Museum of Natural History in 1984, served as its first Director, and is currently active as a Senior Fellow. He is also a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, where he serves on the committee on anatomical terminology. A longtime member of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine and Public Health he holds further membership in the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, among other organizations. Locally, Dr. Boaz has been involved on the board of directors of the Southwest Piedmont chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists since 2016. He has been certified as a Master Naturalist in the state of Virginia.

The recipient of an Anatomical Services Award from the American Association of Clinical Anatomists in 2018, Dr. Boaz also received an Outstanding Virginian Award from the Colonial Chapter of the Exchange Club of Virginia in 2015. Furthermore, he has received research grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society since 1976. In light of all his achievements, Dr. Boaz has been included in the first edition of Who's Who in Science and Engineering and the eighth and ninth editions of Who's Who in the World.

Graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1970, Dr. Boaz earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in 1973. Following these accomplishments, he furthered his studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he obtained a Master of Arts in 1974 and a Doctor of Philosophy in physical anthropology in 1977. He concluded his academic efforts with a Doctor of Medicine at the Saba University School of Medicine in 2004.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Boaz has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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