Donald Patrick was the first Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, holding this position from 1987 to 2006. He teaches in the MPH and PhD programs in Health Services. He publishes widely on outcomes in vulnerable populations, chronic illness, health disparities, and end-of-life care. He directs the Biobehavioral Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program funded by the National Cancer Institute. He teaches Assessing Outcomes in Health and Medicine. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine. He was founding president of the International Society for Quality of Life Research. He is co-convenor of the Quality of Life Methods Group of the Cochrane Collaboration.