Dr. Roland A. Pattilo, MD receives honorary degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin commencement

June 7, 2018

Photo by Yvonne Kemp

On Friday, May 25, 2018, the Medical College of Wisconsin hosted its 2018 commencement ceremony at the Miller High Life Theatre, 500 West Kilbourn Ave. Besides the usual bestowing of degrees on the graduating class of seniors, The Medical College often bestows a number of honorary degrees to members of the community. Among the nine honored this year was Dr. Roland A. Pattillo, M.D. Dr. Pattillo is a Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA and a 27-year MCW faculty member, and has been a strong force in women’s health for five decades. Dr. Pattillo was honored for his ground-breaking research work with cells that has led to the development of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, and new treatments for ovarian cancer. He authored the first stem cell publication in 1968 and has written a number of articles over the years. Dr. Pattillo’s wife, Patricia O’Flynn Pattillo is the publisher of the Milwaukee Community Journal.