Debra Patt, M.D., is a practicing oncologist leading research in Healthcare Informatics for McKesson Specialty Health and The US Oncology Network. In this role she leads the teams that integrate the data systems assets within the largest network of cancer specialists in the United States that serves around 12% of cancer patients across the country. Through this network of cancer specialists, she directs the outcomes research efforts and facilitates implementation of clinical decision support systems to improve the quality of cancer care delivery. She practices in Austin, Texas as a partner in Texas Oncology where she serves as the principal investigator for breast cancer clinical trials within her practice. She is well published in her field and seeks to improve cancer care by using data systems to learn about and improve care delivery for cancer patients.
Dr. Patt completed her training in Hematology and Medical Oncology at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas in July 2006. She completed her Masters of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center’s School of Public Health in Houston, Texas in May 2006 where she focused on cancer health policy. She completed the Cancer Prevention Program as well as the National Cancer Institute in August 2005. She received her medical degree in May 2000 from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in July 2003. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Zoology in May 1995 at the University of Texas in Austin where she graduated with special honors in the Plan I honors program. She also received her MBA from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas in 2014. She is board certified in hematology and medical oncology.
Accolades & Memberships:
Dr. Patt was awarded the Ruth Baines Young physician of the year award from the Travis County Medical Society in 2014. She also was also recognized as one of Texas’ top doctors in Texas Monthly Magazine in 2014. She completed the ASCO leadership development program in 2014, and received the prestigious ASCO Young Investigator’s Award in June, 2006. In July 2006 she was awarded the Fellow of the Year in Research for her excellence in Breast Cancer Research. In March 2006 she was awarded the Jesse H. Jones Fellowship in Cancer Education. Both awards were presented to her by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Patt is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Patt is a member of ASCO's clinical practice and cancer education committees. She has served as chair for the Texas Medical Association's Cancer Committee, the Texas Medical Association’s Council on Science and Public Health, the board of the Breast Cancer Resource Center, the board for Komen Austin and the Advisory Council for the Texas Cancer Registry. In addition, she is chair of the breast cancer subcommittee for the Seton Family of Hospitals. She has held adjunct appointments at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Texas School of Public Health.
Dr. Patt directs healthcare informatics for The US Oncology Network, a large nationwide practice network of oncology practices. Through this group, she leads the health economics and outcomes research in oncology within The US Oncology Network. She is the local and national principal investigator for many breast cancer clinical trials. She uses health services research to understand systems of care delivery in cancer care.
Dr. Patt is married to Hanoch Patt, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist in Austin. They have three children.