Eddie L. Patton, Jr, MD, MBA, MS, has been selected as one of the alternate delegates to the American Medical Association (AMA), by the Texas Medical Association House of Delegates at its 2020 TMA House of Delegates virtual session on Sept. 12.
Patton, clinical assistant professor at UTHealth Neurosciences, was nominated as a candidate for alternate delegate by The Harris County Medical Society (HCMS). In its nomination, the HCMS described Patton as an “established leader with wide ranging public policy experience and with the youthful exuberance to be a leader in the AMA for years to come.”
Delegates and alternate delegates for the American Medical Association (AMA) offer a direct link between the organization and grassroots physicians by providing information on activities, programs, and policies of the AMA to individual members. Using a two-way relationship between the AMA and its physician members, delegates and alternate delegates also serve as direct contacts for individual members to communicate and contribute to AMA policy and situations that may be addressed through policy implementation efforts.
Board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Patton sees patients as part of UTHealth Neurosciences. He currently serves on the HCMS Board of Medical Legislation and in 2018 was named to the Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders by Gov. Greg Abbott, and the following year was elected to serve as vice chair of the council.
Patton chaired the Federal Advocacy Work Group of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) from 2015-18 and has worked on numerous lobbying campaigns with the AAN’s Neurology on the Hill and with TMA’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol.
“There is no doubt that public policy decisions made in Washington, D.C., exert tremendous influence on our practices and on the lives of patients,” Patton said in his nomination letter. “Conversely, Texas physicians have a proud history of exerting as much influence as we can back on the policy-making process. I believe the AMA would benefit from that spirit of Texas advocacy.
“It is time that MDs take a more prominent position in guiding changes in health care. My education and experiences give me a unique view of all aspects of health care policy, including the impact on physicians, patients, and the economy. I want to see the AMA take a more forceful role in health care policy development and implementation in Washington just like the TMA has done so effectively in Texas, and I want to be a part of the Texas delegation that leads the AMA to the position of influence it should hold.”
Patton received his medical degree from Wayne State University in 2005, where he also earned the Distinguished Service Award and the Marjorie Edwards Award for Scholarship and Community Service. During his time at Wayne State, he was co-founder and co-director for the Young Doctors of Detroit High School and Middle School Mentoring Program.
Following a residency at Baylor College of Medicine from 2006-09, Patton completed his Neuromuscular Fellowship at Baylor in 2011 and earned a master of business administration in 2018 from Rice University.