Eugene S. Patterson, PhD

Professor of PharmacologyEugene Patterson, PhD
Department of Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology
Phone: (434) 592-6987


  • PhD, University of Michigan
  • BS, Ferris State College


Dr. Patterson initially began his career studying pharmacy at Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Mich., graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. As an undergraduate, he worked as a teaching assistant in gross anatomy and histology, and in human physiology.

Dr. Patterson’s graduate education (PhD in Pharmacology) was obtained at The University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Mich., followed by post-doctoral research in cardiovascular pharmacology at The University of Michigan Medical School and in cardiac electro physiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Patterson was a faculty member of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology (later combined with the Department of Anatomy and renamed, the Department of Cell Biology), and Department of Internal Medicine/Cardiology for 28 years. His research was performed in conjunction with the Heart Rhythm Institute located at the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Dr. Patterson’s research has resulted in more than 160 published papers providing important insights into the mechanisms for AV nodal reentrant tachycardias, ventricular arrhythmias accompanying ischemic heart disease, and atrial fibrillation. His most recent research interest has been the development and use of selective allosteric inhibitors of high affinity muscarinic-2 receptors in atria as a treatment for atrial fibrillation.

In his spare time, Dr. Patterson is a gardener, does black and white photography, and works with stained glass. His wife, Ruth, spent 8 years in Papua New Guinea as a missionary nurse/midwife before working as a pediatric nurse practitioner in a Christian inner city health clinic in Denver, Colo.