Patterson named Associate Dean for Medical Entrepreneurship

Working in collaboration with both the UNC School of Medicine and UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, Cam Patterson, MD, MBA, will facilitate programs that promote technological advances and steward business ventures and entrepreneurial development.

He will work to link programs and resources between the two schools, assist in training business students and developing curricular programs and raise awareness of the importance of technology development and entrepreneurship within the biomedical research community. As a key point of contact for people from outside the university, Patterson will help them understand developing technologies at UNC to advance technological innovation.

In addition, Patterson will represent the School of Medicine on the Chancellor’s Innovation Circle and will be the primary liaison with the Vice Chancellor for Research for entrepreneurial and technology transfer-related activities.  He also will provide direction and oversight to NC TraCS’s Carolina KickStart program and will hold a joint faculty appointment at UNC Kenan-Flagler, where he will play a pivotal role in shaping the School’s offerings in innovation-led entrepreneurship.

Patterson, the Ernest and Hazel Craige Distinguished Professor of Medicine, will continue to serve as Physician-in-Chief of the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care, as Chair of the McAllister Heart Institute Executive Committee, and as Division Chief of Cardiology and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine. He will step down as Director of the McAllister Heart Institute, and plans for filling that position will be made shortly.

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