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Joel Patterson, MD
Associate Professor
Departments: Surgery
Specialties: Neurosurgery
Languages: English
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Dr. Joel Patterson was born in Houston, Texas. After growing up primarily in Colorado, he attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas and in 1985, he received his Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) in chemistry. After a few years of working as a research chemist in the field of civil engineering, Dr. Patterson moved to Galveston where he began his medical career. He was granted his Doctor of Medicine (cum laude) with research honors from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in 1991 and continued his postgraduate training in neurosurgery, completing his residency in 1997. As a medical student, he was the recipient of the Medical Student Research Award, the Donald Duncan Memorial Scholarship in Anatomy, was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, and was a Co-Director of the 32nd Annual National Student Research Forum in 1991. He completed his neurosurgical training at UTMB in 1997.

On completion of his neurosurgical training, he and his family moved to Texarkana, Texas where he joined a successful neurosurgical practice. While in Texarkana, Dr. Patterson was instrumental in the establishment of a Level II Trauma Center at one of the community hospitals and served on numerous committees with a variety of leadership roles. In 2003, he returned to Galveston where, in addition to establishing a robust clinical practice, he has been an integral participant in a number of educational, clinical, and administrative endeavors.

After Hurricane Ike devastated the community and institution in 2008, Dr. Patterson was asked to assume leadership of and rebuild the Division of Neurosurgery at UTMB. Despite some very trying times and seemingly insurmountable challenges, the faculty and residents within the Division have been successful in re-establishing the clinical practice, maintaining accreditation of the training program, and contributing to the advancement of the field through scholarly activity.

Medical/Professional School:

University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, TX, MD, 1991


Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, TX, 1992

Neurosurgery, University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, TX, 1997


American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery

UTMB Health Neurosurgery - Galveston
1005 Harborside Drive 5th Floor
Galveston, TX 77555
Fax: (409) 772-4456

UTMB Health Neurosurgery - League City Campus Clinics
2240 Gulf Freeway South Suite 2.110
League City, TX 77573
Fax: (281) 309-0419

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*Dr. J. Patterson is an excellent surgeon. He was honest and right to the point of my medical concerns. He showed me the MRI. No other dr. has done that! He was great -Apr 27,2017
This was my third or forth visit with this provider, always friendly and explained things clearlyJun 29,2017
Dr. Patterson is an excellent doctor. I enjoyed seeing him. He has outstanding medical knowledge and clinical skills. He answered all my questions and concerns. I have faith in my recovery after i saw him.Jun 29,2017
Dr Patterson had interns each time I visited, he would have the intern speak to me first and then he would come in. the interns and Dr Patterson were very thorough and always referred to my records and asked me pertinent questions while listening to my responses. Dr Patterson is very forthright and easy to understand. He gives solid common sense recommendations and does not sugar coat his responses. Some people may not like this, but for me it makes my visits comfortable without any misunderstanding of my medical care and responsibilities.Jul 06,2017
Wise, patient, acts in MY best interest.Jun 27,2017
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