Cleveland Clinic Names Brendan Patterson, M.D., New Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery

Brendan M. Patterson, M.D.

Brendan M. Patterson, M.D., was recently appointed chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. In this role, Dr. Patterson will lead a team of 325 employees, including 85 staff physicians. He succeeds Michael Mont, M.D.

“We are excited to have an experienced national leader of orthopaedic surgery to lead the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic,” said Joseph Iannotti, M.D., Ph.D., chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute.

Dr. Patterson’s areas of expertise include limb salvage, complex fractures and adult reconstruction. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and an active member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association.

Since joining Cleveland Clinic staff in 2017, he has helped support a variety of enterprise initiatives including community engagement and a peer-to-peer consultation digital tool used in patient electronic medical records that allows providers to reach out to specialists regarding clinical questions about patient’s care. He also serves as chair of Cleveland Clinic’s pain management committee.

“It’s an honor to lead this exceptional department that is known for being at the forefront of orthopaedic advancements in research, technology and innovation,” said Dr. Patterson.

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Patterson served as chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at MetroHealth. In 2012, he was appointed professor of orthopaedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. For almost five years, Dr. Patterson was executive director of Surgical Services at MetroHealth.

Dr. Patterson graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with majors in economics and chemistry. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and was elected President of Alpha Omega Alpha in his fourth year of medical school. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU. He completed his orthopaedic residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and an orthopaedic trauma fellowship at Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington in Seattle.

Dr. Patterson is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the Board of Directors of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. He led the establishment of the Center for Orthopaedic Trauma Advancement, which develops funding for the education of orthopaedic trauma fellows.

Previously, he helped develop the Northern Ohio Trauma System and served as its chairman for three years. During that time, trauma mortality in the region decreased by 40 percent.

Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic Surgery program — part of its Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute — is ranked No. 3 nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

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