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Davis G Patterson, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Family Medicine Research Section
Phone: (206) 543-1892

Biographical Information

Davis Patterson is a sociologist and a research assistant professor in the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine. He is the Deputy Director of the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center and an investigator in the Center for Health Workforce Studies. He has more than two decades of experience in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research and evaluation in healthcare, human services, and education. Dr. Patterson's research seeks to inform policy and improve rural and underserved populations' access to healthcare, with particular attention to the primary care and allied health workforces, as well as innovative models, such as community paramedicine. He is an avid traveler and fluent in Spanish.

Research Interests & Roles

Health workforce development, with a particular focus on the recruitment and retention of rural and underrepresented minority health professionals, healthcare access and disparities, healthcare and public health workforce supply and demand analysis, emergency medical services, and community paramedicine.

Current Projects

Rural Town Walkability: Measuring the Effect of the Built Environment

The Pre-hospital Emergency Medical Services Workforce in Rural and Urban Areas

Distributed Expertise: Sustaining Rural Training Tracks (RTTs) as a strategy in rural medical education

A Novel Master File of Rural Family Medicine Residency Training: Program Models and Graduate Outcomes