Dr. Patrick Anderson was born in Jamaica in a small town known as White Horses. Although his parents were always involved with his upbringing, much credit is given to his two grandmothers who were vital to his present mission in life. His maternal grandmother, fondly know as Mamma Jenny, shaped his early educational experience. A devoutly religious, but also intuitive woman, she saw Patrick’s academic potential, and moved him, his 3 siblings and 3 cousins who she was also caring for, to another location on the island where he would receive the best education. His father, a staunch disciplinarian, who settled for nothing less than the highest academic performance, took over from there and with the assistance of grandmother number 2, Miss May, Patrick continued his academic progress. The team of Miss May and his father were tantamount to the perfect good cop bad cop. Patrick’s paternal grandmother, Miss May would help to soften the blows but in her own wise way held her grandson to the highest standards as well. Many of you who know Dr. Anderson know that besides his family and his profession, he is passionate about cars, soccer and music. He has his father to thank for this. These were the carrots that were used as rewards for his achievements and taken away when he faltered.
Like many Jamaican families at the time, his mother immigrated to the states to give her children a chance of a better life. Patrick came to the United States in the 1980’s. He settled in Teaneck NJ with his mother and siblings. Coming from Jamaica where the educational system was British and not a 1 to 1 corollary to the US structure, he was forced to repeat what is equivalent to freshmen year in college. Patrick worked nights and went to school during the day to pay for tuition and to help his family. He also supplemented his education by helping his oldest brother, Denver, rebuild and sell cars. Patrick completed 2 years at Bergen Community College. He transferred to Rutgers Newark and completed his undergraduate career there. He received a Bachelors in Science and graduated at the top of his class.
Although accepted to several medical schools, Dr. Anderson attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. He completed his residency training in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.
Dr. Anderson has received numerous awards and honors from national and state organizations, including the American Cancer Society and the American Institute of Chemistry. He is an active researcher and teacher on a variety of medical subjects. In May 2014, he was honored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders with the “Health Care Professionals Recognition” Award and in 2015 was awarded the Healthcare Hero Physician of the Year honor by NJBIZ. He recently co-authored a poster presented at the International Gynecological Cancer Regional Meeting in Santiago, Chile in 2015.
Dr. Anderson is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a full member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. He has co-authored articles that have appeared in prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals such as Gynecological Oncology, Journal of Radiation Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology and Journal of Women’s Health.
Dr. Anderson heads a private practice in South Orange NJ and is also the Chair of the Department of Gynecology at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center where her works with many skilled and knowledgeable professionals serving Newark and surrounding communities.
In addition to his academic and professional accomplishments, every year for the past 4 years, Dr. Anderson joins other healthcare professionals in Guyana, where he provides free surgical care to patients in need. He continues to teach residents, fellows and medical students while also engaging in local community outreach.
……So when he says he is just a small country doctor doing the Lord’s work, it’s actually true.