Patrick Whelan MD PhD is Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Rheumatology at UCLA. He completed his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Harvard University, the PhD degree at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, and the MD degree at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed rheumatology training at Harvard, and was for twenty years a pediatric rheumatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
He is the past president of the Los Angeles Pediatric Society, and helps run their summer program for high school students interested in a career in pediatrics. His research interests pertain to non-inflammatory vasculopathies, particularly Kohlmeier-Degos disease, and he has spearheaded efforts at UCLA to develop multidisciplinary care for patients with the PANS and PANDAS syndromes -- conditions that contribute to OCD, tic, and behavioral problems in young children. He also has a longstanding interest in Catholic bioethics.