J. Douglas Patterson, M.D.
Locations: Newark-Metro, North Wilmington
Specialties: Hand & Elbow, Trauma, Fracture Care
After being raised on the Jersey Shore, Dr. J. Douglas Patterson attended college at Duke University. There, he majored in Biology while swimming distance freestyle for the Men's Varsity Swim Team and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in 1990. He then entered Harvard Medical School. Between his third and fourth years, he took a year off to pursue orthopaedic biomechanical research that he had begun during his second year.
These investigations won several prestigious awards and were presented around the country and in Europe. This research also lead to an honor thesis, allowing him to graduate from Harvard Medical School with honors in orthopaedic science in 1995.
After completing medical school, Dr. Patterson entered surgical internship at the New England Deaconess Hospital. His orthopaedic training then began in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham & Women's Hospital. At this time, however, Dr. Sarah Stock-Patterson (his wife) earned her Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was offered a faculty position at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. After much consideration, Dr. Patterson transferred to the Duke Orthopaedic Residency, completing the program in 2000. Again, he was active in orthopaedic research and earned recognition for research that he performed while at Duke. The Pattersons then returned to Boston: Dr. Sarah Stock-Patterson as a visiting professor at MIT's Sloan School of Business and Dr. Patterson as a Harvard Hand & Upper Extremity Fellow at the Massachusetts General, Brigham & Women's and Boston Children's Hospitals.
Dr. Patterson joined Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists in 2001. He practices orthopaedic surgery sub-specializing in hand & upper extremity surgery. He is Board Certified in orthopaedic surgery and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery. Dr. Patterson has privileges and practices at Christiana, Wilmington and St. Francis Hospital.
He and his wife live in Wilmington with their three children and dog, Chewie. His work has been published in major peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, Hand Clinics and the Journal of Hand Surgery. Recently, Dr. Patterson was selected to head the Section of Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedics at Christiana Care.
- Top Doctor by Delaware Today: 2007, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2019
Kind, Thorough and Attentive Way
“I just want to thank Dr. Patterson so much for being such a good doctor to me. My hand and elbow have healed fabulously and there is very little numbness left. I really appreciate your kind, thorough and attentive way. I wish that all doctors were as great as you. Keep up the excellent work.”
Treated Me Great
“I want to thank Dr. Patterson for getting my throwing hand back in shape so I that I am ready for our biggest tournament of the year! You and your operating staff treated me great both times! I really appreciate your help.”
Excellent result from Xiaflex injection
I went to Dr. Patterson for my Dupytren’s syndrome. I had a Xiaflex infection and subsequent manipulation. I am very pleased with the results! My finger is fully flexible! The recovery time was not substantial and I had little discomfort post-procedure. I would highly recommend Dr. Patterson if you’re considering having this procedure done. I’m glad I finally decided to address this issue! I no longer poke myself in the eye and am not embarrassed to shake hands! Thank you, Dr. Patterson!
“It’s been a while since my last surgery, but I just wanted you to know that I started my senior season at Conrad and my arm and knee are feeling strong. I’m excited about the future and appreciate your help in getting me healthy so that I could continue playing competitive baseball. I listened well and have been diligent about arm care. Good advice!”
You’re the best
“Dr. Patterson – remember as Mark Twain said – “Wrinkles are reminders of where smiles have been” Keep smiling! Thank you for saving my arm! You are the best.”
Staff is Friendly
“I would like to thank you all and especially Dr. Patterson for his expertise in surgery. I now have the use of my right hand back with no pain. I can’t wait to have the surgery done on my left hand. The staff is friendly and Beth is wonderful to work with to schedule appointments. Thank you all so much!”
DOS – A Community Gem
Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists is an extraordinary practice filled with very talented, compassionate and patient centered physicians. I have experienced care by doctors Galinat, Patterson and Principe. Whether showing up in the emergency room, the office or the surgical suite I knew I would get the very best of care informed through best practice for orthopedic specialists. Follow-up care assured full mobility of whatever body part was injured. Everyone should know that this practice will consistently deliver the very best care and achieve the best outcomes. How lucky are we?
Marveled at the Amazing Job You Did
“Dr. Patterson, you truly saved my hand and wrist with your magic reconstruction and creative use of metals. After one year, I am still marveled at the amazing job you did! Thank you DOS and Doug, you are the best!”
Robert Biddle, PA-C
Joseph Cassidy, MS, PA-C
Crystal DiMauro, PA-C
Bill Dorgan, PA-C
George Duffield PA-C
Thomas Edwards, PA-C
Catherine Frescoln, PA-C
Geary Gutowski JR., PA-C
Daniel Maistre, PA-C
Thomas Merring, PA-C
Regis Phelan, MPAS, PA-C
Janie Ramsay, PA-C
Matt Stump, PA-C
We are a multi-specialty group with fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeons, who have expertise in total joint replacement, fractures, foot and ankle, hand, spine, sports medicine, trauma, osteoporosis and general orthopaedics. Learn More.
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