NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Names New Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Cam Patterson, cardiologist and health care administrator from University of North Carolina, will lead Upper East Side center

Jan 8, 2014


Dr. Cam Patterson has been appointed senior vice president and chief operating officer at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, effective January 6, 2014. Dr. Patterson arrives from the University of North Carolina, where he served in multiple leadership roles including physician-in-chief at the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care, executive director of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute, chief of the division of cardiology, and associate dean of health care entrepreneurship.

In his new role, Dr. Patterson will be responsible for the strategic direction and management of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, one of the six campuses of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Patterson will report to Dr. Laura Forese, group senior vice president and recently named president of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.

"Dr. Patterson brings significant experience running outstanding multidisciplinary clinical and research programs," said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, chief executive officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "His tremendous success as a clinician, researcher, and administrator, coupled with his commitment to excellence in health care delivery and patient-centered service, will ensure that NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center will continue to deliver the highest quality, most compassionate care to our patients and families."

"NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center has a rich history of medical excellence and an international reputation as one of the best places to receive care in the world," said Dr. Patterson. "I am very excited to be joining the leadership team and am honored to have been selected for this position."

Dr. Patterson is a clinician-scientist who has served in multiple leadership roles. In 2000, he was recruited to the University of North Carolina to lead its cardiovascular research institute. Having achieved consistent success in this role, Dr. Patterson was appointed chief of cardiology in 2005. Under his leadership, the division improved the quality and efficiency of clinical services, enhanced and expanded patient access, and reversed a budget deficit to become profitable. Dr. Patterson's success as division chief led to his appointment as the founding physician-in-chief of the Center for Heart and Vascular Care, a clinical care center that takes a comprehensive approach to treating cardiovascular diseases.

After receiving his medical degree from Emory University, Dr. Patterson served as a resident and chief resident in internal medicine at Emory University Hospital. He then completed a research fellowship in cardiovascular biology at the Harvard School of Public Health and a clinical fellowship in cardiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He also holds a master of business administration from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler School of Business.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, located in New York City, is one of the leading academic medical centers in the world, comprising the teaching hospital NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medical College, the medical school of Cornell University. NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine, and is committed to excellence in patient care, education, research and community service. Weill Cornell physician-scientists have been responsible for many medical advances — including the development of the Pap test for cervical cancer; the synthesis of penicillin; the first successful embryo-biopsy pregnancy and birth in the U.S.; the first clinical trial for gene therapy for Parkinson's disease; the first indication of bone marrow's critical role in tumor growth; and, most recently, the world's first successful use of deep brain stimulation to treat a minimally conscious brain-injured patient. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital also comprises NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. Weill Cornell Medical College is the first U.S. medical college to offer a medical degree overseas and maintains a strong global presence in Austria, Brazil, Haiti, Tanzania, Turkey and Qatar. For more information, visit

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