Patrick Remington, MD, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), received the 2019 Folkert Belzer Award at the October 28, 2019 SMPH Fall Town Hall. Each year, the school presents the award for the lifetime achievements of one of its faculty members. Remington is known nationally for his work to improve population health, especially in the area of preventive medicine. Dr. Remington retired as a Professor this year but continues to direct the UW Preventive Medicine Residency Program and be actively involved in both the Department of Population Health Sciences and the SMPH.
Dr. Remington received his undergraduate degree from UW-Madison in 1976 and his medical degree in 1981. After completing an internship at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, he trained at the CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer; as a Preventive Medicine Resident in the Division of Nutrition at the CDC, and as part of the CDC Career Development Program, when he obtained his MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota in 1986. Dr. Remington was the Chief Medical Officer for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention in the Wisconsin Division of Health 1991-1997 and joined the faculty of Population Health Sciences in 1997.
While at the SMPH, he served as the Associate Director of Outreach and Population Studies and Director of Cancer Control at the Carbone Cancer Center (1997-2008), the Director of the Master of Public Health Program (2004-2009), the Director of the Population Health Institute (2016-2018), and the Associate Dean for Public Health (2009-2019).
The Belzer Award is named for Folkert O. Belzer, MD, a UW physician and medical researcher who developed the “UW Solution,” which significantly improves transplant outcomes.