Patrick Remington, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Public Health
Patrick Remington, MD, MPH, is Associate Dean for Public Health and Professor of Population Health Sciences at the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His current research interests are on methods used to measure the health of communities and communicate this information to the public and policy makers. He is currently co-directing an RWJ-funded project entitled Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH).
This three-year, $5 million project will rank the health of the counties in all 50 states and examine strategies to improve population health.
He began his public health career in 1982 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), serving as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer with the Michigan Health Department and a medical epidemiologist with the Division of Nutrition in Atlanta. While at the CDC, he was the lead epidemiologist working on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
In 1988, he returned to Madison to work as an epidemiologist in the Wisconsin Division of Health, eventually serving as the first Chief Medical Officer for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention. During this time, he developed an applied program for chronic disease surveillance and control, including studies that examined the effectiveness of interventions to increase the use of mammography in low-income, rural populations.
Since joining the Department of Population Health Sciences in 1997, he has helped develop public health programs in public health research, education, and service. He was the Associate Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Director of the Population Health Institute, and founding director of the Master of Public Health Program, before assuming his current position as Associate Dean for Public Health in July 2009.
Dr. Remington earned a BS degree in molecular biology (1976) and an MD (1981) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; completed an Internal Medicine Internship at the Virginia Mason in Seattle (1982); an Epidemiology Fellowship (1984) and Preventive Medicine Residency (1985) at the CDC; and an MPH degree (1986) from the University of Minnesota.
He has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications and teaches an introductory course for the MPH students on the principles and practice of public health.
- Affiliate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
- Affiliate Professor, UW School of Nursing
- Adjunct Professor, Department of Population Health, Medical College of Wisconsin
- Federal Advisory Committee for Health People 2020, US Department of Health and Human Services
- Medical Education and Research Executive Committee (MERC) UWSMPH
- Medical Alumni Quarterly Editorial Board
- Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Judge, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the College Board
Recent Honors and Awards
- Wisconsin Public Health Association, Public Health Researcher of the Year, 2007
- Lynn R. Smith Award for Outstanding Leadership in Tobacco Control, Am. Cancer Society, 2001, 2006
- Dean's Teaching Award, UW Medical School, 2003
- Centers for Disease Control Service Award, Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Public Health Award, for the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2001
- State Medical Society of Wisconsin 2000 Meritorious Service Award