- Professor Emeritus, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine
Dr. Christopher Patterson joined the faculty of McMaster University in 1982 and was promoted to Professor in 1994. A specialist in internal and geriatric medicine, he received an RS McLaughlin Scholarship to study Clinical Epidemiology. He has led the Division of Geriatric Medicine (Department of Medicine) at McMaster, and Geriatric Services at Hamilton Health Sciences from 2004 -2010. In 2005 he was awarded a Senior Visiting Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Bologna, Italy.
He has served as chief examiner in Geriatric Medicine for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and held positions on the executive of the Canadian Geriatrics Society and Geriatric Section of the Ontario Medical Association. From 1985 until 2005 he served on the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. He has also participated in various other federal and provincial government sponsored task forces.
He was a member of the editorial advisory board of the Canadian Pharmacists Association flagship publication, the CPS, from 1989 until 2008. From 2006 to 2011 he was Health Sciences Editor for the Canadian Journal on Aging. He served on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Aging, one of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2006-2010). He is a co-investigator with the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, and was Chair of the Clinical Working Group from 2007 until 2015.
In 1999 he co-chaired the Canadian Consensus Conference on Dementia with Dr Serge Gauthier, the conclusions of which were published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and Canadian Journal of Neurological sciences. In 2005-6 he was a member of the steering committee of the third Canadian Consensus Conference on Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia. In 2012 he was again co-chair with Dr. Serge Gauthier of the 4th Canadian Consensus Conference on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia (CCCDTD4).
His research interests include preventive health care for seniors, including elder abuse and frailty, and various aspects of cognitive disorders. His publications have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, supplements and textbooks. Dr. Patterson has authored or contributed to more than 250 scientific publications.