Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been named the third recipient of the Harry P. Ward Chancellor’s Distinguished Chair.The Ward chair, created in 2005, was the first chancellor’s chair endowed at an Arkansas university.
I.Dodd Wilson became the chair’s first recipient, followed by Daniel W. Rahn.
“I’m so proud to be one of the many great people who have had the chance to hold the Harry Ward Distinguished Chair,” Patterson said. “The medals that we wear to exemplify these distinguished chairs contain connections to each of these individuals, and the work that they did to make UAMS what it is, and these connections will continue as we do big things. We have so much more that we need to do.”
Patterson was invested with the chair on June 3. University of Arkansas System President Donald R. Bobbitt presided over the investiture ceremony, held in the Fred W. Smith Conference Center at the UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.
“UAMS has had very unique and talented leaders in its long history, but Dr. Patterson is poised to give them a run for their money,” Bobbitt said. “UAMS, the UA System, and indeed the entire state of Arkansas are lucky to have found Dr. Patterson, his wife Kris and their lovely family. I am thrilled about the bright future that lies ahead for them and for this institution.”
Patterson previously served as senior vice president and chief operating officer at Weill-Cornell Medical Center and Komansky Children’s Hospital/New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York. Since joining UAMS, he has spearheaded the effort to eliminate a $72 million deficit.