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Patrick L. Remington, MD, MPH

Appointed to the CPSTF: 2013

Patrick L. Remington, MD, MPH is currently professor of population health sciences and associate dean for public health at the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on developing methods to measure the health of communities and communicate this information to the public and policy makers. He led the development of the Wisconsin County Health Rankings, which led to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a program that ranks the health of the counties in all 50 states and promotes evidence-based strategies to improve population health (see: Remington PL, Catlin BB, Gennuso KP. The County Health Rankings: rationale & methods. Population Health Metrics 2015;13:1-12).

Dr. Remington spent the first part of his career working in public health at federal and state levels. From 1982-1988 he served as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service at the CDC. During this time, he served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer in Michigan and as a medical epidemiologist in CDC's Division of Nutrition, where he participated in CDC's career development program. From 1988-1997 he served as a medical epidemiologist and then as chief medical officer at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, where he developed nationally recognized programs in tobacco, cancer, and diabetes control.

Since joining the School of Medicine and Public Health in 1997, Dr. Remington has served as the associate director of the Carbone Cancer Center, director of the Population Health Institute, founding director of the Master of Public Health Program, and inaugural associate dean for public health. He is currently leading the school's transformation to an integrated school of medicine and public health. He has authored or co-authored over 300 articles, 17 book chapters, and 2 textbooks, including Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control (4th edition, APHA), a widely used textbook in both undergraduate and graduate public health programs. He teaches extensively on public health practice to undergraduate, medical, and public health students. He is also the first director of the University of Wisconsin's Preventive Medicine Residency Program, established in 2014.

Dr. Remington earned a bachelor of science degree in molecular biology and completed medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed an Internal Medicine Internship at the Virginia Mason in Seattle; the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and Preventive Medicine Residency at the CDC; and attained a master of public health degree from the University of Minnesota.

Service on International/National research, practice or policy boards or committees

  • American Journal of Preventive Medicine (Associate Editor, 2014-present)
  • American Public Health Association. Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Advisory Council (2016-present)
  • Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, MMWR Editorial Board Member (2006–present); Preventing Chronic Disease Editorial Board Member (2002-present); Expert Advisory Committee for Health Related Quality of Life Surveillance (Chair, 2008); Advisory Committee for Mental Health Surveillance (Member, 2008)
  • Institute of Medicine, Committee on Quality Measures for the Healthy People Leading Health Indicators (2012); Committee on Living Well with Chronic Diseases (2011)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Advisory Group for Public Health Practice-Based Networks (2007-2012); Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the College Board; Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Judge (2004-2011)
  • US Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Advisory Committee for Healthy People 2020 (2008-2011)

Service on recent Community Guide reviews

  • Diabetes prevention and control

National research or practice awards

  • American Journal of Epidemiology Article of the Year (former graduate student Brian Sprague first author of Variation in Breast Cancer–Risk Factor Associations by Method of Detection: Results from a Series of Case-Control Studies), 2015
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Research Paper of the Year, 2011
  • Langmuir Lecturer, Centers for Disease Control, 2010
  • Wisconsin Public Health Association, Public Health Researcher of the Year, 2007
  • Lynn R. Smith Award for Outstanding Leadership in Tobacco Control, Am. Cancer Society, 2006
  • Dean's Teaching Award, UW Medical School, 2003
  • Centers for Disease Control Service Award, Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Public Health Award, for the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2001
  • State Medical Society of Wisconsin 2000 Meritorious Service Award
  • United States Public Health Service Commissioned Officer Award, 1988

Recent Selected Publications (*=student/trainee)

  1. Remington PL, Brownson RC; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fifty years of progress in chronic disease epidemiology and control. MMWR Surveill Summ 2011;60 Suppl 4:70-7. PMID: 21976169
  2. Athens JK*, Catlin BB, Remington PL, Gangnon RE. Using Empirical Bayes Methods to rank counties on population health measures. Prev Chronic Dis 2013;10:130028. PMID: 23906329.
  3. Layde M*, Remington PL. Geographic and racial variation in teen pregnancy rates in Wisconsin. Wis Med J 2013;112(4):169-72. PMID 2473440.
  4. Vivian EM*, Colbert L, Remington PL. Lessons learned from a community based lifestyle intervention for youth at risk for diabetes. J Obes Weight Loss Ther 2013;3:191. PMID: 24353925.
  5. Creswell PD*, Strickland R, Stephenson L, Pierce-Hudson K, Matloub J, Waukau J, Adams A, Kaur J, Remington PL. Look local: the value of cancer surveillance and reporting by American Indian clinics. Prev Chronic Dis 2013;10:E197. PMID: 24286271.
  6. Remington PL, Catlin BB, Kindig DA. Monitoring progress in population health: trends in premature death rates. Prev Chronic Dis 2013;10:E214. PMID: 24370109.
  7. Zeal C*, Remington P, Ndiaye M, Stewart K, Stattelman-Scanlan D. The epidemiology of maternal overweight in Dane County, Wisconsin. Wis Med J 2014;113(1):24-7. PMID: 24712217.
  8. Alghnam S*, Palta M, Remington P, Mullahy J, Durkin M. The association between motor vehicle injuries and health related quality of life: a longitudinal study of a population-based sample in the United States. Quality of Life Research 2014;23(1):119-27. PMID: 23740168.
  9. Trentham-Dietz A, Sprague BL*, Hampton JM, Miglioretti DL, Nelson HD, Titus LJ, Egan KM, Remington PL, Newcomb PA. Modification of breast cancer risk according to age and menopausal status: a combined analysis of five population-based case-control studies. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2014;145(1):165-75. PMID: 24647890.
  10. Ceraso M, Swain GR, Vergeront JM, Oliver TR, Remington PL. Academic health departments as training sites for future public health leaders: a partnership model in Wisconsin. J Public Health Manag Pract 2014;20(3):324-9. PMID: 24667194
  11. Alghnam S*, Palta M, Hamedani A, Alkelya M, Remington PL, Durkin MS. Predicting in-hospital death among patients injured in traffic crashes in Saudi Arabia. Injury 2014;45(11):1693-9. PMID: 24950798
  12. Remington P, Flood T*. Public Health Surveillance. IN: Oxford Bibliographies. 2014. ISBN: 9780199756797.
  13. Remington PL, Catlin BB, Gennuso KP. The County Health Rankings: rationale & methods. Population Health Metrics 2015;13(11):1-12. PMID 25931988
  14. Brownson RC, Samet JM, Chavez GF, Davies MM, Galea S, Hiatt RA, Hornung CA, Khoury MJ, Koo D, Mays VM, Remington P, Yarber L. Charting a future for epidemiologic training. Ann Epidemiol 2015;25(6):458-65. PMID: 25976024.
  15. Athens JK*, Remington PL, Gangnon RE. Improving the rank precision of population health measures for small areas with longitudinal and joint outcome models. PLoS One 2015;10(6):e0130027. PMID: 26098858.
  16. Sprague BL*, Gangnon RE, Hampton JM, Egan KM, Titus LJ, Kerlikowske K, Remington PL, Newcomb PA, Trentham-Dietz A. Variation in breast cancer risk factor associations by method of detection: results from a series of case-control studies. Am J Epidemiol 2015;181(12):956-69. PMID: 25944893.
  17. Balk EM, Earley A, Raman G, Avendano EA, Pittas AG, Remington PL. Combined diet and physical activity promotion programs to prevent Type 2 Diabetes among people at increased risk: a Community Guide systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2015;163. PMID: 26167912.
  18. Pronk NP, Remington PL; Community Preventive Services Task Force. Combined diet and physical activity promotion programs for prevention of diabetes: Community Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2015;163. PMID: 26168073.
  19. Remington PL. County Health Rankings and the cult of the imperfect. Health Serv Res 2015;50(5):1407-12. Epub 2015 Aug 9. PMID: 26256566