The Department of Pathology recognizes a resident in the Pathology Residency Program annually who “… by their actions, has fostered excellence in education, research, practice or community service.” The resident is selected by the pathology faculty and receives a personalized plaque and a one thousand dollar monetary gift. The award is given to the resident at the Annual Pathology Resident Research Day.
Frances K. Patterson, M.D. began her association with the University of Tennessee Memorial Hospital as a pathology resident in 1968. She continued her work as a pathologist and faculty member in the Department of Pathology. Her leadership was instrumental in the establishment of the Nuclear Medicine Department and the Nuclear Medicine Residency training program at UTGSM. She served as Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Director of the Pathology Residency Program for more than ten years.
Dr. Patterson passed away on January 26, 2005. Those who knew her admired her courage throughout her long and hard-fought battle against cancer. Her zest for life and her devotion to teaching were evident as she continued her work even during her chemotherapy treatments. Dr. John Neff, Professor and former Chairman of the Pathology Department, said, " Frances often told me that being a pathologist was great fun and being a teacher was a joy."
Dr. Patterson was a very important part of our residency program, the Department of Pathology and the institution. The Frances K. Patterson Gift Fund and Resident Award were created to continue the legacy of Dr. Patterson.
Lucy DeFanti, DO
Frances K. Patterson Award
Recipient for 2012
Past recipients of the Frances K. Patterson Resident Award:
- George Sneed, DO, 2011
- Brett Hendrickson, MD, 2010
- Sarah E. Hamler, D.O., 2009
- Deborah Schady, M.D. 2008
- Amber L. Patton, D.O. 2007
- James J. Lyons, M.D. 2006
- Jeffrey S. Johnston, M.D. 2005