Dr. Darryll Patterson named as interim chair of Department of Internal Medicine

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Dr. Patterson has been named interim chair of the Department of Internal Medicine.

Darryll Patterson, M.D., receives the class-selected Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award at the UNR Med 2017 Awards Ceremony, presented by Nolan Mischell '17 M.D. Dr. Patterson has been named interim chair of the Department of Internal Medicine following the retirement of Dr. Catherine Goring. 

Longtime northern Nevada internist and UNR Med faculty member, Dr. Darryll Patterson, has been named as interim chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med).

In his position, Patterson will lead both the clinical and academic missions of the School’s Department of Internal Medicine. Clinically, the department offers medical services in adult primary care, dermatology, geriatrics, hypertension management, HIV/AIDS management, infectious disease treatment and travel medicine, as well as specialty and subspecialty services that are critical to optimal patient care for the northern Nevada and rural Nevada communities.

Prior to his appointment as interim chair, Patterson served as associate chair and medical director of UNR Med’s Department of Internal Medicine. In addition to his work as a primary care physician and serving as a faculty preceptor in the resident continuity clinic, Patterson will bring considerable experience educating medical students at UNR Med.

“Dr. Patterson has served in exemplary fashion as the associate chair and medical director of the department of Internal Medicine, and has provided strong leadership to several major outpatient initiatives,” said University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine Dean, Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. “Dr. Patterson has my strongest support to lead the department in an inclusive, vigorous, aspirational way. I anticipate Dr. Patterson’s performance in this new role will more than support a long-term commitment to the department, our faculty, residents and students, before we consider a further search.”

The internal medicine department offers fully accredited residency and fellowship programs, which Patterson aims to increase so as to expand educational and research opportunities that benefit medical students, residents and fellows - and patients. Residency and fellowship programs have a major influence in addressing physician shortages in the state. Health workforce studies show a 77 percent likelihood that a medical student who completes medical school and residency training in Nevada will remain in the area to practice.

Patterson will also continue to build on strong relationships with our hospital partners and the community to provide quality, accessible health care to northern Nevada through residency programming and to increase the number of physicians who train and practice in the state.

Patterson completed his internal medicine residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia; and he was a faculty member at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU Med) for more than a decade. His extensive involvement in medical student education includes serving as the course director for the MSU Biostatistics and Epidemiology course, the Genitourinary Systems Course, and as the Director of Medical Education for McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital.

Patterson has received multiple teaching awards including the Faculty Teaching Award for Ingham Regional Medical Center in 2002 and 2006, the Hospital Teaching Award for Ingham Regional Medical Center in 2003 and 2004, the Distinguished Lecturer Award for MSU Med in 2008 and 2009, the MSU Med Clinical Faculty Excellence Award and the UNR Med Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award in 2017.

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