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Dr. George Patrin, an Army Pediatrcian, and his wife Pamela, advocates for community-based integrated healthcare for 23 years, are concentrating their efforts on deployment separation anxiety and suicide prevention/postvention after the recent loss of their youngest son to suicide at 21 years old.

George Patrin, MD, COL, USA, MC

Dr. George Patrin received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1984, after almost ten years as a paramedic on the streets of Hennepin County in Minneapolis, MN. He subsequently completed a Pediatrics Residency at Madigan Army Medical Center at Ft. Lewis, WA. He is Pediatrics Board certified and fellowship trained in family advocacy and child abuse.

Dr. Patrin’s Army career has placed him as the European Regional Medical Command (ERMC), Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), Medical Director (1996-1998), and Medical Director of TRICARE-Europe (2003-2005). He has been deployed as Battalion Surgeon to Saudi Arabia for Desert Sentry with the Air Defense Artillery in 1992, and again with the 3rd Armored Calvary to Bosnia in 2000.

Dr. Patrin developed an innovative Soldier Readiness Program (SRP) pre-deployment risk analysis program addressing family member as well as soldier medical readiness issues and was instrumental in writing the Army’s strategic business plan for population health-based clinical optimization while at the Medical Command in San Antonio, TX (2000-2002). He aggressively revamped delivery of healthcare services in support of students and permanent party Service Members and their families at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) and Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).

Most recently, Dr. Patrin developed and co-produced a DoD video program series for children undergoing deployment separation and reintegration stress called “Mr. Poe and Friends Discuss Family Reunion After Deployment” and “Military Youth Coping with Separation: When Family Members Deploy.”

Pamela Patrin

Pamela Patrin, a seamstress from Richfield, Minnesota, began her 22 years as military spouse with her husband’s entry into medical school at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, caring for the home and their three boys in support of Dr. Patrin’s military career as Army Pediatrician, Healthcare Administrator, and family advocate. 

Pam has been a constant volunteer through the years, from Sunday school teacher and elementary class parent assistant to script reviewer for the DoD Deployment Intervention Toolkits, “Mr. Poe and Friends Discuss Family Reunion After Deployment” and “Military Youth: When Family Members Deploy.” Her volunteer work culminated in receiving the Dr. Mary E. Walker Medical Command Award as Commander’s wife at the Presidio of Monterey in California this past year, where Pam was key in establishing a one-stop in-processing center for the students at the Defense Language Institute.

Pam is promoting suicide prevention programs after the untimely death of her youngest 21 year old son, Andrew, this past April. She is a champion for military families and healthcare reform in partnership with her husband.