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Jeff Patterson, DO

Dr. Patterson is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI. In this role, he maintains an active family practice and teaches residents in family medicine. This has been his academic and clinical base since 1975.  He past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and is the incoming president for 2013. 

Dr. Patterson has traveled extensively in the former USSR and has lectured about the effects of nuclear weapons and radiation there and in Europe as well as in the US. Dr. Patterson has visited Chernobyl and sites of nuclear testing and nuclear weapons' production in the former Soviet Union. His special interests include the medical effects of radiation, non-violent alternatives to war as means of preventing war, and sustainable methods of ameliorating climate change.

Dr. Patterson is the medical director of the Hackett Hemwall Foundation (HHF), a charitable foundation doing medical work in Honduras, Mexico, and the Philippines. Through the foundation, and with the help of many dedicated volunteers, he has taught physicians from over 20 countries around the world the procedures of prolotherapy to treat chronic pain. HHF projects have provided treatment for chronic pain and the treatment of varicose veins for thousands of patients, and this work is continued by physicians who have been trained in these countries. The foundation also supplies medical supplies, computers, and school supplies to clinics, hospitals, and schools in Honduras annually.

In addition to producing a DVD teaching video for training in prolotherapy, Dr. Patterson has taught seminars widely in the US and other countries. With his colleagues, Dr. Patterson has established the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine as one of the premier research centers for prolotherapy.


An Overview of Radiation and Health, October 31, 2012