Bernard S. Patrick
Bernard Sutherland Patrick was born in Booneville, Mississippi, February 16, 1927. He grew up in Corinth, Mississippi and was a fourth generation physician in his family. His undergraduate studies were at Tulane University and the University of Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1950 with his M.D. degree. At Illinois he was elected to Pi Kappa Epsilon, a scholastic honorary fraternity. Dr. Patrick interned at Augustana Hospital in Chicago and was influenced by neurosurgeon Wesley Axel Gustafson. This association led Dr. Patrick toward neurosurgery. Dr. Patrick served 2 years as a flight surgeon during the Korean War but returned to Chicago to train under Eric Oldberg at the Illinois Neuropsychiatric Institute of the University of Illinois. Dr. Patrick was invited by Drs. Semmes and Murphey of Memphis to develop the neurosurgical laboratory at the University of Tennessee in 1957. Because of lack of funding, the laboratory development was delayed so he entered into private practice with Drs. Semmes and Murphey in 1957. Dr. Patrick became a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 1960. In 1968 he was invited to join the faculty at the University of Mississippi. He moved to Jackson, Mississippi and was active in teaching and research for 10 years. He has published 14 papers with interests primarily in discography, pain management and therapy of glioblastoma. Dr. Patrick introduced anterior cervical interbody fusion and lumbar discography in the mid-South area while in Memphis.
From 1972 to 1973 Dr. Patrick became president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons after serving 3 years as secretary. It was mainly through his efforts that the Congress of Neurological Surgeons developed its current monthly journal, Neurosurgery. While Dr. Patrick was president-elect of the Congress, he developed plans for a new neurosurgical journal founded by the Congress. Before these plans could be brought to fruition, Dr. Paul Bucy resigned as editor of the Journal of Neurosurgery and announced a new publication, Surgical Neurology with Dr. Bucy as publisher and editor. Conversations between Drs. Bucy and Patrick resulted in a proposal by Dr. Bucy that the Congress designate Surgical Neurology as its official publication. After much debate the Executive Committee felt this would be better than publishing what would be a third neurosurgicaljournal. Thus, the Congress announced Surgical Neurology as its official publication and joined in a tentative agreement with Dr. Bucy pending resolution of a firm long-term contract. Drs. Patrick, Albert Rhoton, Robert Wilkins, and Bruce Sorenson were charged with the task of negotiating the final contract with Dr. Bucy. Despite everyone's efforts to negotiate in good faith, the talks ended in a stand-off and the Congress severed its ties to Surgical Neurology.
Dr. Patrick belongs to the Society of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Southern Neurosurgical Society, and the American College of Surgeons. In 1950 he married Jo Irene Kurns of Chicago, Illinois. They have four daughters, Karen, Kimberly, Kristen, and Kathleen. Since resuming private practice in Jackson, Mississippi in 1978, Dr. Patrick has devoted more time to nonmedical activities. He plays a clarinet in a woodwind quintet that rehearses twice a month at his home and has actively pursued tennis. In 1987, he and his wife won the mixed-doubles competition at the World Medical Tennis Association in Sweden playing against 42 teams from 15 countries. Dr. Patrick also flies an open-cockpit biplane and does smoke-writing in the sky.