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Nora Patterson

Nora M. Patterson

Nora M. Patterson, M.Ed., RD, CD
Site Coordinator, Phase 2 US Military-Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition, Madigan Army Medical Center

Education and Certifications

MEd, in Human Resource Education, Boston University, 1990
BS, Foods & Nutrition, Rutgers University/Cook College, 1979


Mrs. Patterson joined the GPN staff as site coordinator in January 2013 from her previous position as an outpatient dietitian in Madigan's Nutrition Clinic. After retiring as an Army dietitian, she worked as a private contractor and consultant in Health Promotion at the Health and Wellness Center on McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, WA for almost ten years. In addition, she served as a consultant and trainer for the Business Enterprise Program of Washington State's Department of Services for the Blind in the area of nutrition, human resource and food service management from 2003 to the present. Nora values networking with colleagues in and out of the military. She was the Regional Director for the Retired Army Medical Specialist Corps Association for nine years and is currently the Treasurer for the Olympia Area Dietetic Association.

Nora was a Distinguished Military Graduate in Army ROTC at Rutgers University as an undergraduate in Foods & Nutrition. She completed her internship at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX and began her career at Madigan covering the medical-surgical wards. Later assignments included being Chief of Community Nutrition, Production & Service, Nutrition Care, and Medical Nutrition Therapy at Army Hospitals in Seoul Korea, Fort Knox KY, Heidelberg Germany, and Tacoma WA, respectively. She was deployed with the 47th Combat Support Hospital as Director, Nutrition Care during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990-91 and was responsible for field feeding operations. Her final assignment was as a staff officer and instructor at the Nutrition Care Branch of the AMEDD Center and School in Fort Sam Houston, TX. Highlights of her career include mentoring junior officers, earning the Expert Field Medical Badge and working with excellent NCOs to develop and conduct the first Joint Field Nutrition Operations Course.

Nora enjoys all types of racket sports, hiking, traveling when she can, singing on her church's worship team, cooking, and playing with her two grandchildren. Her personal philosophy can be summed up as "It's better to wear out than rust out."

Academic Interests and Research

Mrs. Patterson's professional interests include management of metabolic syndrome, sports nutrition and general health promotion. In her current role, she plans to focus on providing the most effective learning environment and modalities for the dietetic interns and to join the research director in guiding them through this challenging educational experience.