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[Perspectives] George Patton: global leader in adolescent health

“What’s a guy like you doing in a place like this?”, asked a criminologist to George Patton at a meeting on re-engagement for young offenders in Melbourne, Australia, 15 years ago. The colleague was referring to Patton’s background in clinical psychiatry and epidemiology, and his work at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. Today, Patton is a Professorial Fellow in Adolescent Health Research at the University of Melbourne and the nearby Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, and his eclectic professional positions have been an asset in his role as Chair of the Lancet Commission on adolescent health and wellbeing.