Areas of Expertise
Human vascular system, medical education, health education, community health, health care delivery, health care policy
Patrick Bankston worked his way through the academic ranks at Indiana University School of Medicine Northwest in Gary, earning the rank of Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology with a joint appointment as Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. His research career was focused on capillary structure and function, and he has publications on those topics with the late Nobel laureate Dr. George Palade.
Dr. Bankston has received numerous awards in recognition for his teaching and scholarship, including the prestigious Trustees' Teaching Award. He is the founding dean of the College of Health and Human Services in 2008.
Dr. Bankston earned his bachelor of arts degree in biology from Hobart College in Geneva, New York, in 1973. He received his Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of Chicago in 1973. He has been a faculty member at the IU School of Medicine since 1978. He was appointed interim assistant dean of what was then called the Northwest Center for Medical Education in 2005 and associate dean in 2006. He helped create the College of Health and Human Services under then-Chancellor Bruce Bergland at IU Northwest and, along with his IUSM role, became its first dean in 2008.
Recently, Bankston has led local health care institutions, including hospitals, community health centers and mental health institutions, in establishing the Northwest Indiana Graduate Medical Education Consortium with the purpose of establishing medical residencies. "In my time in Northwest Indiana, the medical school has expanded from one year of medical school, then two, and, finally, six years ago, we became a full four-year medical school campus. The one remaining step in our training not yet found in Northwest Indiana is postgraduate training in specialties -- medical residencies, most importantly in the areas of primary care, where there are the most acute shortages of physicians in our area," he said. "In the remainder of my career, I will do my best to help the new leadership of IUSM NW Gary establish such residencies and, then, we will have a complete pipeline for our talented students with an interest in medicine to attend college, medical school and residencies here in Northwest Indiana and treat our aging population, of which I am a part, to get the best in health care."