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Patti Patterson

Patti Patterson, MD, MPH

  • Professor
  • Director
Office Phone: 806-743-6644
Mail Address: 3601 4th St Stop 9406
Lubbock TX 79430-9406


Dr. Patti Patterson is Professor of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She is the only Board Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician in West Texas. Dr. Patterson has 30 years of experience in public health, including serving as the Commissioner of Health, Executive Deputy Commissioner of Health and Maternal and Child Health Director for the State of Texas. She was also instrumental in the development of the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Patterson holds a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She was a family medicine resident at Texas Tech Regional Academic Health Center in Amarillo. She is board certified in pediatrics, completing both pediatric residency and chief resident at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She also has a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a Bachelor's degree from Lubbock Christian University.

With a continuing concern for international health, Dr. Patterson has participated in 53 medical mission trips to Mexico, Central and South America, Eastern Europe, and Africa.

Research Interests

Social mission of medical schools
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Child Abuse
Global Health and Medical Education
evidence based therapies for victims of childhood trauma

Teaching Interests

Global Health
Child Abuse
Public Health
Adverse Childhood Experiences

Clinical Interests

child abuse prevention, recognition and treatment.
long term consequences of early adverse experiences.
reducing the impact of child abuse

Selected Publications:

  • Camp, Tammy & Motheral, Lesley & Robinson, Kirsten & Patterson, Patti & Johnson, Lara June (2014) A Multidisciplinary, Experimental, Educational Curricula in Child Abuse: The pediatrician's role in early recognition, documentation, management, and legal advocacy. Journal of GME, 6, 2, 376-377.
  • Reed, D & Patterson, Patti & Wasserman, N September (2011) Obesity in Rural Youth: Looking Beyond Nutrition and Physical Activity. Journal of Nutrition and Behavior, 43, 5, 401-8.
  • Patterson, Patti & Gong, Gordon (2009) Addressing health disparities in immigrant populations in the United States. Jones and Bartlett.
  • Gong, Gordon & O'Bryant, Sid & Hudson, Cathy & Hargrave, Kris & Scott-Fleming, Ian & Bishara, Joseph & Danner, Pam & Voyles, Debbie & Yang, H & Patterson, Patti & Lefforge, Dave (2009) Trend analysis of the supply of primary care physicians in rural and urban East, South and West Texas from 1981 to 2007 Texas Public Health Journal 2009.
  • Jones, Betsy & Patterson, Patti & Braddock, E (2009) Walk in my shoes: A cross-cultural experience with the homeless for preclinical students. Family Medicine, 41, S3.