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Ask President Obama to restore vital military-to-military communication channels with Russia. These channels were established during the Cold War to avoid an accidental nuclear war. We need them now more than ever!

Jeff Patterson, DO

Speaker Topic: War & Public Health, Nuclear Power, Nuclear Weapons
Medical Specialty: Family Medicine
PSR Affiliation: Member, National Board; Past President of PSR
School Affiliation: Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Areas of Expertise:

  • Radiation and human health
  • The 3 poisonous Ps of nuclear power:  proliferation, pollution, and price.  Why nuclear power is not the answer to our energy needs Health effects of climate change
  • PSR's mission:  Preventing Nuclear war and Climate Change.  
Media Experience: Television, Public Speaking

Biographical Sketch

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 has been active in Physicians for Social Responsibility and is President of National PSR. PSR is the US affiliate of The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, winners of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.  He has traveled extensively in the former USSR and has lectured about the effects of nuclear weapons and radiation there, 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, 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.  The 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. 

To request Dr. Patterson as a speaker, please email or call 202-667-4260.

In the Spotlight

PSR at APHA Annual Meeting

PSR staff and leaders participate in the American Public Health Association annual meeting. PSR tabled with the Peace Caucus and several PSR board and staff members participated in presentations.