P. Daniel Patterson, PhD, MPH, MS, NREMT-P

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; EMSARN Primary Investigator

3600 Forbes Ave. Iroquois Bld. Suite 400A
Pittsburgh, PA. 15261


2012 -- MS -- Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh

2008 -- Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship by AHA & SAEM

2006 -- Post-Doc Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2004 -- PhD -- University of South Carolina

2001 -- MPH -- University of South Carolina

2000 -- BS -- Appalachian State University


Dr. P. Daniel Patterson studies safety in emergency care settings with special emphasis on safety culture, fatigue, shift work, sleep health, teamwork, medical errors and adverse events, and clinician injury in the prehospital EMS setting.  Collaborations have led to creation of reliable and valid safety measurement tools and establishing base rate data for key indicators of EMS safety.  Dr. Patterson has led multi-disciplinary teams in evidence reviews and experimental studies testing novel intereventions to improve safety.  His research is informed by immersion in the EMS setting as a paramedic clinician.

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Patterson PD, Weaver MD, Hostler D, Guyette FX, Callaway CW, Yealy DM. The shift length, fatigue, and safety conundrum in EMS. Prehospital Emergency Care. 2012 Oct-Dec;16(4):572-6. PMID: 22823487.

Machi MS, Staum M, Callaway CW, Moore C, Jeong K, Suyama J, Patterson PD, Hostler D. The relationship between shift work, sleep, and cognition in career emergency physicians. Acad Emerg Med. 2012 Jan;19(1):85-91. PMID:22221346.

Patterson PD, Weaver MD, Weaver SJ, Rosen MA, Todorova G, Weingart LR, Krackhardt D, Lave JR, Arnold RM, Yealy DM, Salas E. Measuring teamwork and conflict among emergency medical technician personnel. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2012 Jan;16(1):98-108. PMID:22128909.

Patterson PD, Weaver MD, Frank R, Warner C, Martin-Gill C, Guyette FX, Fairbanks RJ, Hubble M, Songer T, Kelsey S, Hostler D. Association between sleep, fatigue, and patient and provider safety. Prehospital Emergency Care. 2012; 16(1):86-97. ACCEPTED 7/25/2011. [PMID 22023164]

Patterson PD, Weaver MD, Abebe K, Martin-Gill C, Roth RN, Suyama J, Guyette FX, Rittenberger JC, Krackhardt D, Arnold R, Yealy DM, Lave J.  Identification of adverse events in ground transport emergency medical services. Am J Med Qual. 2012 Mar-Apr;27(2):139-46. PMID: 21816967.

Patterson PD, Arnold RM, Abebe K, Lave JR, Krackhardt D, Carr M, Weaver MD, Yealy DM. Variation in emergency medical technician partner familiarity. Health Serv Res. 2011 Aug;46(4):1319-31. PMID: 21306367. PMCID: PMC3112292. NIHMSID: NIHMS274902.


Title: Developing Fatigue Risk Management Guidelines for Emergency Medical Services

Project Period:  4/1/16 – 6/7/18

Sponsor: National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)

               US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Grant Number:  DTNH2215C00029


Title: Sleep-Wake Patterns and Real Time Fatigue Reduction in EMS Clinicians – Phase II

Project Period: 1/1/16 – 6/30/17

Sponsor: MedEvac Foundation International (Francis X. Guyette, MD – Co-PI)

Grant Number:  N/A