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School of Medicine Columbia

Faculty and Staff

Patricia W. Witherspoon, MD

Title: Clinical Associate Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine
Department: Family and Preventive Medicine
School of Medicine Columbia
Phone: 803-434-6113
Office: 3209 Colonial Dr., Rm 226
Columbia, SC 29203


Dr. Patricia Witherspoon received her undergraduate, graduate and medical education in Pennsylvania. After obtaining a bachelor of arts in biology from Lincoln University, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, she received a master of science in biology from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. She earned a doctor of medicine from Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Dr. Witherspoon completed a family practice residency at Palmetto Health Richland, serving as chief resident in her final year.

In 1998 Dr. Witherspoon accepted an appointment with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Prior to joining the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine faculty, she was a staff physician for three years with Richland Primary Care Association, Columbia, South Carolina, with the National Health Services Corporation Loan Repayment Program. .

Dr. Witherspoon has served in a variety of roles throughout her tenure. Initially she was a member of the investigation team at the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center in the office of Rural Health Policy. She was a member of the South Carolina Cardiovascular Task Force, a subcommittee chair of the Tri-State Stroke Network. She is currently the interim Medical Director for the Family Medicine outpatient facility, the Director of Community Outreach and the Quality team. Her community appointments are the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors, President - Elect and serves on several subcommittees. She is an active member of the South Carolina Medical Association and participates in the Doctor of the Day program at the South Carolina state legislature. She is a member of the volunteer physician work force at the Columbia Free Clinic and the Good Samaritan Clinic. Dr. Witherspoon is board certified (Diplomat) and a Fellow in Family Medicine. She has special interest in women's health, minority health issues, health disparities, diabetes care, community health and health care advocacy on a local and national level.


Medical Education
Pennsylvania State University, MD, 1992
Palmetto Health Richland, 1995

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Family Medicine, 2009
  • American Board of Family Medicine, 1995

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