Patrick Remington

Credentials: MD, MPH, FACPM

Position title: Professor Emeritus, Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Department of Population Health Sciences, UW-Madison


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Patrick Remington, MD, MPH, FACPM is Professor Emeritus at the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). He earned his MD from UW and completed an Internal Medicine Internship at Virginia Mason in Seattle. He began his public health career with the CDC, where he completed the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), Preventive Medicine Residency, and Career Development Program, which included an MPH degree from the University of Minnesota. He then returned to his home state of Wisconsin, where from 1988-1997, he served as the Chief Medical Officer for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.

After practicing public health for 15 years, he joined the faculty at the UW, where he established and directed the Population Health Institute, the Master of Public Health Program, and the Preventive Medicine Residency Program. From 2009-2019, he served as the inaugural Associate Dean for Public Health, leading the transformation of the UW medical school to an integrated school of medicine and public health. Dr. Remington’s research focused on the interface between science and practice and culminated in a model for public health surveillance for engaging communities in broad-based efforts to measure health and mobilize communities toward action—the County Health Rankings.


A passionate educator, Dr. Remington also developed and taught courses on public health to undergraduate, medical, and public health students. He has published over 300 papers and book chapters, including serving as the lead editor of the APHA’s Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control textbook. He is frequently sought by the media for his views on a variety of public health topics and has served on numerous IOM, NIH, and CDC advisory committees.

Dr. Remington has received numerous honors recognizing his work, including his selection as the 2010 Langmuir Lecturer at CDC and his appointment to the DHHS Healthy People 2020 Federal Advisory Committee and the CDC’s Community Preventive Services Task Force. Upon his retirement in 2019, he was awarded the UW’s Folkert Belzer Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Wisconsin Public Health Association’s Carol Graham Lifetime Achievement Award, and the American College of Preventive Medicine’s Ronald Davis Special Recognition Award.