James W. Patterson, M.D.


James Patterson, M.D.

Dr. Patterson was born in Washington, D.C.. He attended public schools there and, later, in suburban New York City, and matriculated to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where he received a B.A. degree in 1968. Patterson attended medical school at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) in Richmond and earned his M.D. there in 1972.

​He served a rotating internship in internal medicine, and was a resident in dermatology from 1973-1976.Having entered postgraduate training as a member of the “Berry Plan” (a governmental program wherein physicians could join the military at the beginning of their internships), Dr. Patterson entered the U.S. Army as an active-duty member of its medical corps. He was posted to Keller Army Hospital at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, and then to Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, CO. During the latter appointment, he was a Clinical Instructor in Dermatology at the University of Colorado in Denver. Between the two postings, Dr. Patterson trained at the U.S. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Washington, D.C., as a fellow in dermatopathology under the tutelage of Drs. James Graham and Elson Helwig.

​Upon his discharge from military service in 1982 at the rank of Colonel, Patterson was appointed as a faculty member in Dermatology and Pathology at MCV. He became a professor and was the director of dermatopathology at that institution, working there until 1992. Dr. Patterson then joined the Dermatology Associates of Virginia in Richmond, as a private-practice dermatologist and dermatopathologist. In 1996, he was recruited to the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville to direct the dermatopathology laboratory and the dermatopathology fellowship training program. Patterson is currently a professor of dermatology and pathology at UVA.

​Other notable positions that Dr. Patterson has held include officerships (including presidency) in the Virginia Dermatological Society and the American Society of Dermatopathology (ASD). He is a Fellow of the ASD, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the Royal Society of Medicine, and holds memberships in several other professional societies in dermatology and pathology. Patterson has authored over 250 scientific papers, as well as two books and many book chapters. He is the past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology and a member of the editorial boards of 18 other journals. Dr. Patterson is board-certified in Dermatology & Dermatopathology by the American Board of Dermatology. States in which he holds medical licenses include Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia.