Patricia M. Tereskerz
Patricia M. Tereskerz
Associate Professor of Medical Education
Ph.D., University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
M.A., University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
B.A., University of Virginia
Patti Tereskerz is an attorney and epidemiologist. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and her Ph.D. and Master's degrees from the University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She also received her undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Virginia. She serves as core faculty in the Centers for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities.
Tereskerz joined the Center for Biomedical Ethics in 2001. Previously, she served as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of Health Law and Policy at the International Healthcare Worker Safety Center at UVA, where she was a recipient of the AORN Journal's Excellence in Research Award. Prior to joining the faculty of the Medical School, Tereskerz practiced law with Buck, Hogshire & Tereskerz, Ltd., in Charlottesville now Buck, Toscano & Tereskerz, Ltd.
She serves as Director of the Program in Ethics and Policy in Healthcare, which she and colleague, Ann Mills, founded with support from the Dean of the School of Medicine. Under their direction, the program has begun innovative educational programs such as the Intensive Scholars Institute for Leadership & Health Care Ethics, electives for medical students and a January term course for U.Va. undergraduate on leadership and ethics for tomorrow’s physicians. Tereskerz created and has taught the Medicine, Law and Ethics Elective and lectures in electives offered by others at the Medical School, the U.Va. Law School and the U.Va. Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. She is a co-mentor for CPD.
Tereskerz’ areas of research are concentrated primarily in financial conflicts of interest in research, clinical research law and ethics, and patent law as it relates to public policy and ethics in relation to biotechnology transfer.
Tereskerz has over 100 publications in areas of both law and medical research, including several recent publications in Nature Biotechnology as well other past publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and the Milbank Quarterly. She has received grants as principal investigator from the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine, the Greenwall Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, as well as U.Va.’s Academy of Distinguished Educators.
Tereskerz is author of a handbook that was published on needlestick injuries and the law and is one of the authors of a book on the prevention and management of occupational exposure to HIV. She wrote the book, Riding the Green Wave, Financial Conflicts of Interest in Industry Sponsored Clinical Research: A Law and Policy Analysis which was published in 2007. Her most recent book, Clinical Research and the Law, was published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2012.
Tereskerz is the founding chair of the University of Virginia’s Conflicts of Interest Committee. She has served on various editorial boards, including Infection Control in Hospital Epidemiology, Accountability in Research, and has served as Chief Editorial Advisor for Regulation for the Journal of Healthcare Safety & Compliance. She has also served as a member of the University of Virginia's Infection Control Committee.