James W. Patterson, M.D.


James W. Patterson, M.D.

Professor of Pathology and Dermatology



Medical College of Virginia – Virginia Commonwealth University , MD, 1972
Medical College of Virginia, Rotating Intern in Medicine, 1972 – 1973
Medical College of Virginia, Resident in Dermatology, 1973 – 1976
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC, Fellow in Dermatopathology, 1979 -1980




Differential diagnosis in dermatopathology, with special interests in malignant melanoma, cutaneous T cell lymphoma, and other cutaneous malignancies, panniculitis, opportunistic infections, and immunofluorescence studies.


Larson KN, Gagnon AL, Darling MD, Patterson JW, Cropley TG: Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis Manifesting a Decade After Exposure to Gadolinium. JAMA Dermatol 2015, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26017458. DOI: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.0.

  • Baker MG, Marchetti MA, Patterson JW, Cropley TG: Acute rash and ankle pain in a young woman. Int J Dermatol 2014, 53:1183-1185. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24899404. DOI: 10.1111/ijd.12512.
  • Blechman AB, Patterson JW, Russell MA: Application of Mohs micrographic surgery appropriate-use criteria to skin cancers at a university health system. J Am Acad Dermatol 2014, 71:29-35.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24813300. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaad.2014.02.025.
  • Boyd K, Shea SM, Patterson JW: The role of capsaicin in dermatology. Prog Drug Res 2014, 68:293-306.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24941674.
  • Hsia LL, Kuppalli S, Erdag GE, Wick MR, Patterson JW, Wilson BB: What is your diagnosis? verruciform xanthoma. Cutis 2014, 94:115. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25279479.
  • Judge JM, Brill LB, Smith KT, Deacon DH, Patterson JW, Grosh WW, Jungbluth AA, Gnjatic S, Slingluff CL: A case of spontaneous systemic immunity to melanoma associated with cure after amputation for extensive regional recurrence. Cancer Immunol Immunother 2013, 62:1327-1334.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23666534. DOI: 10.1007/s00262-013-1433-7.
  • Rodić N, Taube JM, Manson P, Patel M, Patterson JW, Erdag G: Locally invasive dermal squamomelanocytic tumor with matrical differentiation: a peculiar case with review of the literature. Am J Dermatopathol 2013, 35:e72-e76. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23694829. DOI: 10.1097/DAD.0b013e31827d989c.
  • Tchernev G, Tronnier M, Ananiev J, Taneva T, Patterson JW, Gulubova M, Trafeli JP, Gegova A, Harrell M, Guarneri C, Wollina U, Cardoso JC, Kanazawa N, Zisova L, Forsea AM, Zouboulis CC: Atypical fibroxanthoma-a diagnosis of exclusion! Wien Med Wochenschr 2013, 163:380-386.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23319144. DOI: 10.1007/s10354-012-0173-1.
  • Webb DV, Stowman AM, Patterson JW: Boric acid ingestion clinically mimicking toxic epidermal necrolysis. J Cutan Pathol 2013, 40:962-965. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23992546. DOI: 10.1111/cup.12205.
  • McClain SE, Mayo KB, Shada AL, Smolkin ME, Patterson JW, Slingluff CL: Amelanotic melanomas presenting as red skin lesions: a diagnostic challenge with potentially lethal consequences. Int J Dermatol 2012, 51:420-426.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22435430. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2011.05066.x.
  • McClain SE, Shada AL, Barry M, Patterson JW, Slingluff CL: Outcome of sentinel lymph node biopsy and prognostic implications of regression in thin malignant melanoma. Melanoma Res 2012, 22:302-309.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22610274. DOI: 10.1097/CMR.0b013e328353e673.