Rita C. Patterson, DMD, FAGD

  • Assistant Professor of Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry


After earning her DMD from OHSU School of Dentistry in 1991, Dr. Patterson worked in as a dentist at the Oregon State Hospital Dental Clinic, and subsequently began a part-time teaching career in Restorative Dentistry at OHSU School of Dentistry while continuing to provide outstanding patient care as a practitioner in several private dental offices in Oregon.  Her devotion to dental education and to providing compassionate care for her patients has been a calling for her for over 25 years.


  • B.A., 1987, Oral Roberts University
  • D.M.D., 1991, Oregon Health & Sciences University
  • Certifications:

    • Graduate Certificate, Teaching in the Health Professions 2018 - East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Honors and awards

  • Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry 2012
  • Faculty Membership to Omicron Kappa Upsilon 2006
  • Nic Marineau Part-Time Faculty Award 2005

Memberships and associations

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Education Association



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