Patterson presented with Charles ‘Bud’ Kahn, M.D., Lifetime Leadership Award

PROVIDENCE – Dr. Robert Patterson, a vascular surgeon affiliated with The Miriam Hospital and a clinical professor of surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, is the 2018 recipient of the Charles “Bud” Kahn, M.D., Lifetime Leadership Award.

The award, established in 2015, is named after Dr. Charles “Bud” Kahn, a retired endocrinologist who held leadership positions during his career at Miriam. It was presented at the annual meeting of Miriam’s Medical Staff Association June 14.

The Miriam Hospital Medical Staff Association sponsors the award recognizing a Miriam physician for “outstanding leadership over a lifetime of service” and who “exemplifies professionalism and leadership in a variety of ways, to include open communication, collaboration, cooperation, commitment and integrity.”

Patterson has been a practicing surgeon for nearly 30 years. He was nominated for the honor by several people in Miriam’s medical community, including Dr. Kristopher Davignon, associate chief of anesthesia for Miriam and Rhode Island hospitals.

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Patterson “sees the whole patient. He takes time to understand their disease and communicate with other primary and consulting physicians about how best to proceed,” said Davignon. “Vascular disease is a multiorgan specialty and often vascular patients are complex and ill. It is clear that Dr. Patterson considers The Miriam Hospital his home.”

Dr. Tristen Chun, former Brown University resident and 2019 vascular fellow, said, “I think all the residents in our residency program would agree that he is a wonderful attending surgeon to work with both in and out of the operating room. He commands a tremendous amount of respect among us residents because of his expertise and experience in vascular surgery. He also gives respect to those around him, and he is one of the sincerest people you can find in medicine.”

Patterson completed his residency in general surgery at the Naval Regional Medical Center Portsmouth, and a clinical and research fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Cincinnati. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery and past president of the New England Society for Vascular Surgery. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Vascular Surgery.

Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer. Email him at