Dr. Patrick T. Dowling has served as professor and chairman of the UCLA Department of Family Medicine since November, 1998. A small-town Ohio native, Dr Dowling graduated from Medical College of Ohio and completed a medical internship and family medicine residency program at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He received a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan in Health Policy and Health Care Administration.
From 1977 to 1979 Dr. Dowling served as Medical Director of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) union clinic in Coachella California followed by 2 years at the Clinica de Salubridad de Campensino in the Imperial Valley on the Mexican border.
In 1980 he accepted the position of Associate Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Cook County Hospital. For the past 24 years he has worked as a medical educator and has directed family medicine residency programs at Cook County Hospital, Brown University and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. In each of these settings he worked to improve access by linking residency training directly to community health centers in federally designated underserved communities. Further, he has worked to recruit, train and place underserved minority students, and other committed to the underserved, in shortage areas as a means to address disparities.
Since arriving at UCLA he has moved a portion of the residency training program off the over-doctored Westside campus and placed it in a county clinic in Van Nuys where 70% of the patients lack public and private insurance.
From 1990-93 Dr. Dowling served on the National Advisory Council of the National Health Service Corps. At present he is one of the five Commissioners on the LA County Board of Health and is a Board member of the Drew University of Medicine and Science in South-Central LA. He and his wife Anne Marie are proud parents of four college age students.
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