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Rolvix Patterson III, MD

House Staff
Start Year: 
2020
College/University: 
Duke University
Medical School: 
Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency: 
7-Year Research Track Resident

Clinical and Research Interests

Surgical care delivery in low- and middle-income countries with a focus on otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, health and the healthcare system in Haiti, and equity in global health.

What were you looking for in a residency program?

I wanted to train in a program that offered strong and well-rounded surgical training, maintained a supportive environment among residents and faculty, and supported my aim to develop a career as a surgeon and global health researcher.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

Duke has excellent clinical training across every otolaryngology subspecialty, offers exceptional research opportunities and support, and is quickly growing in both size and recognition. Plus, Durham is a fantastic place to live if you like food, the outdoors, sports, etc.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Embrace the fact that you will get to learn more in residency than any other time in your life. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Enjoy taking care of your patients.

What do you like best about living in Durham and the Triangle?

Duke basketball, the food scene, its proximity to both the beach and the mountains (perfect weekend trips), and the people!

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

I love reading, sailing, playing soccer, cheering on the Blue Devils, and traveling.

Honors and Awards

  • M.D. with Research Honors, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • William Dameshek Award in Undergraduate Research, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Honos Civicus Society, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life
  • Massachusetts Medical Society Annual Scholars Award
  • Kenneth W. Gregg, MD, Fund Award, Tufts University School of Medicine

Publications

Kligerman, Maxwell P., Shaina Lamour, Samuel Okerosi, and Samuel Global OHNS Initiative. “Challenges facing otolaryngologists in low- and middle-income countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.” International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 138 (November 2020): 110322. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijporl.2020.110322.

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Reddy, Ché L., Rolvix H. Patterson, Isaac Wasserman, John G. Meara, and Salim Afshar. “Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: An Opportunity to Improve Surgical Care and Advance Sustainable Development Globally.” Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America 32, no. 3 (August 2020): 339–54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coms.2020.03.001.

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Patterson, Rolvix H., Victoria G. Fischman, Isaac Wasserman, Jennifer Siu, Mark G. Shrime, Johannes J. Fagan, Wayne Koch, and Blake C. Alkire. “Global Burden of Head and Neck Cancer: Economic Consequences, Health, and the Role of Surgery.” Otolaryngology  Head and Neck Surgery : Official Journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 162, no. 3 (March 2020): 296–303. https://doi.org/10.1177/0194599819897265.

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Reddy, Ché L., Rolvix H. Patterson, Luke Caddell, Adrian W. Gelb, Desmond T. Jumbam, Lauri Romanzi, Isaac Wasserman, and John G. Meara. “Global surgery and the World Health Organization: indispensable partners to achieve triple billion goals.” Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia = Journal Canadien D’Anesthesie 66, no. 12 (December 2019): 1437–39. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12630-019-01426-4.

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Wilson, Mallory K., Jacques P. Thosiac, Rolvix H. Patterson, Alexis N. Bowder, Jordan Pyda, Chris Dodgion, Luther E. Ward, and Michelson N. Padovany. “Access to Surgical Care and Late-Presenting Disease in Rural Haiti.” In Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 229:e132–e132. Elsevier BV, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2019.08.1083.

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Patterson, Rolvix H., Victoria Fischman, Isaac Wasserman, Jennifer Siu, and Blake Alkire. “Disparities in Head and Neck Cancer: Comparing Macroeconomic Consequences across Low-, Middle-, and High-Income Countries.” In Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 229:S128–S128, 2019.

Scholars@Duke

Patterson, Rolvix, and Richard Rohrer. “What Are Criteria for Considering Technologies' Uses and Influences in LMICs' Health Care Infrastructures?” Ama Journal of Ethics 21, no. 9 (September 2019): E735–41. https://doi.org/10.1001/amajethics.2019.735.

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Patterson, Rolvix H., Alexis N. Bowder, Theodule Jean-Baptiste, Daniel L. Eisenson, Mallory K. Wilson, Christopher M. Dodgion, Luther E. Ward, and Michelson M. N. Padovany. “The Impact of Increasing Surgical Capacity at a Tertiary Hospital in Southern Haiti.” The Journal of Surgical Research 239 (July 2019): 8–13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2019.01.025.

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Caddell, Luke, Taylor Wurdeman, Rolvix H. Patterson, Jordan Pyda, Rachel Koch, John G. Meara, and Scott Corlew. “Reporting of surgical response to disasters in low-income and middle-income countries: a literature review.” The Lancet Global Health 7 (March 2019): S35–S35. https://doi.org/10.1016/s2214-109x(19)30120-2.

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Pyda, Jordan, Rolvix H. Patterson, Luke Caddell, Taylor Wurdeman, Rachel Koch, David Polatty, Brittany Card, John G. Meara, and Daniel Scott Corlew. “Towards resilient health systems: opportunities to align surgical and disaster planning.” Bmj Global Health 4, no. 3 (January 2019): e001493. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2019-001493.

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