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James Nelson Patterson, American pathologist. Diplomate: American Board Pathology (trustee 1952-1966, president 1966).


Patterson, James Nelson was born on February 15, 1902 in Onnalinda, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Joseph S. and Catherine (Nelson) Patterson.


Bachelor of Science, Bucknell University, 1924. B.M., University Cincinnati, 1928. Doctor of Medicine, University Cincinnati, 1929.

Master of Science in Pathology, University Cincinnati, 1932.


Intern Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1928-1929. Resident in pathology Cincinnati General Hospital, 1929-1931. Practice medicine specializing in pathology Cincinnati, 1931-1938, Jacksonville, Florida, 1938-1942, Tampa, since 1946.

Pathologist to coroner Hamilton County, Ohio, 1931-1935. Chief of laboratory services Kennon Dunham Tuberculosis Hospital, Cincinnati, 1936-1938. Director Bureau Labs, Florida State Board Health, 1938-1942.

Assistant state health officer State of Florida, 1941-1942. Partner Mills & Patterson Laboratories, Tampa, 1946-1952. Senior partner Patterson & Leonard Laboratories, 1952-1954, Patterson & Catanzaro Laboratories, Tampa, 1955-1961, Patterson & Eckert, Tampa, 1961-1964, Patterson & Coleman & Associates, Tampa, 1964-1970.

Consultant Patterson & Coleman Laboratories, Smith Kline Clinical Laboratory, since 1970. Assistant professor pathology University Cincinnati College Medicine, 1934-1938. Professor, head department pathology Eclectic Medical College, Cincinnati, 1932-1934.

Clinical professor pathology University South Florida College Medicine, Tampa, since 1973. Member staff Centro Asturiano, Centro Español, Citrus Memorial Hospitals, Community Hospital of New Port Richey, Florida, DeSoto Memorial, Jackson Memorial, St. Joseph, Tampa General, Tarpon Springs (Florida) General, University Community, West Posco, G. Pierce Wood Memorial hosps. Associate director Southwest Florida Blood Bank, 1946-1948.

Medical director, 1949-1969, medical director emeritus, since 1970.


  • Diplomate: American Board Pathology (trustee 1952-1966, president 1966).


  • Other Work

    • Editorial board: Progress in Clinical Pathology, since 1972. Contributor articles on pathology and hematology to professional journals.


Served from major to lieutenant colonel United States Army Air Force, 1942-1946. Fellow American College Pathologists. Member American Association Blood Banks, Florida Association Blood Banks (president 1954), American Society Pathologists, International Society Pathologists, Florida Society Pathologists (president 1949), International Academy Pathology, Florida Medical Association (editorial board 1952-1961, research committee 1956-1958, governor 1959), Hillsborough County Medical Association (president 1956, member executive committee 1960-1970), American Medical Association, American Society Clinical Pathologists (chairman committee on clinical chemistry 1960-1962), Association Clinical Private Practitioners Pathology Foundation (past trustee), American Cancer Society (director Florida division 1967-1973, vice president 1969-1970, Placque award 1975), Tampa Chamber of Commerce (health committee 1968-1970), Florida West Coast Association Pathologists, Southern Association Clinical Nutrition (honorary) Clubs: Rotary, University, Tower, Palma Cain Golf and Country.


Married Viola Townsende Davis, September 30, 1939. 1 son, Joseph P.

Joseph S. Patterson

Catherine (Nelson) Patterson

Viola Townsende Davis