In Memoriam: Jeffrey J. Patterson, DO

Update: A Celebration of Jeff's Life will be held from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Sunday, February 23. 2014 at the First Unitarian Society Church, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, WI 53705.

Jeffrey J. Patterson D.O., age 67, of Madison, died unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in New York. Funeral arrangements are with Ellestad Camacho Funeral Home, 500 N. 8th St., Mount Horeb, Wis. Phone: (608) 437-5077

Jeffrey J. Patterson, DO

Jeffrey Patterson, DO, addresses the audience after receiving a Faculty Excellence Award at the 2009 Renner / Hansen Ceremony.

It is with great sense of sadness and sense of loss that I inform you of the sudden death last night of Jeff Patterson, DO.  Jeff was well known to most in the department as a superb clinician, especially in OMT, and a world expert in prolotherapy.  He was a passionate crusader for social justice and most importantly as President of PSR, for an end to the possibility of nuclear war.  However he was also, for his Northeast family and for many, a loving friend always ready to help.  His healing touch, literally and figuratively, helped thousands.  It feels like he is gone far too soon.  He will be painfully missed around the world.

We invite all to add their stories, comments, and cares as we share his loss.  - Val


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Jeffrey J. Patterson, DO

1972    DO, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
1965    BA, Grinnell College, Des Moines, IA

  • Professor Emeritus, Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 1975-present
  • Clinician, UW Health Northeast Family Medical Center
  • President Elect, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), 2013
  • Member, National Board, Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Practicing physician, family medicine (Madison, WI), 1975-present
  • Medical Director, Hackett Hemwall Foundation (HHF), 1992-present
  • Member, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
  • Medical Director, Northeast Family Medical Center, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, 1988-1991
  • Founder, Madison Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility

Dr. Patterson maintained an active practice providing service, teaching, and research in the Department of Family Medicine. In addition to family medicine, he specialized in the treatment of chronic pain utilizing various modalities such as manual medicine and prolotherapy. Dr. Patterson was very involved in research and teaching in prolotherapy as Director of the Hackett Hemwall Foundation. The Hackett Hemwall Foundation is a non-profit foundation, providing medical care to third world countries, education in medical procedures such as prolotherapy, and research in prolotherapy. Founded by Dr. Gus Hemwall in 1969 and named after Dr. George Hackett and Dr. Gus Hemwall and his wife Helen Hemwall, the foundation has provided annual service and educational trips to Honduras and other countries since 1969.


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