Debra Patt, M.D., is a practicing oncologist and breast cancer specialist in Austin, Texas, and a vice president of Texas Oncology. She is an active leader in breast cancer research, serves on the US Oncology Research breast cancer committee, and chairs the breast cancer subsection of the pathways task force for The US Oncology Network.
She led healthcare informatics for The US Oncology Network from 2008-2015 and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Oncology-Clinical Cancer Informatics. She continues to lead the analytics group for McKesson Specialty Health. In addition to a substantial background in informatics and health economics and outcomes research, she directs public policy for Texas Oncology. Nationally she is the chair of ASCO’s clinical practice committee.
Dr. Patt serves on the national board for the Community Oncology Alliance and local boards of Komen Austin and The Shivers Cancer Foundation. She is a past chair for the Texas Medical Association’s committee on cancer and is active as a member of the council on legislation and committee on science and public health. Dr. Patt is a nationally recognized leader in cancer research, has published many articles, and leads the service line for breast health services for the Dell Medical School.
Dr. Patt completed her training in hematology and medical oncology at The University of Texas MD 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 at the National Cancer Institute in August 2005.
She received her medical degree in May 1999 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.
Accolades & Memberships:
Dr. Patt completed the ASCO leadership development program in 2014. She was awarded the young physician of the year award in Travis County in 2014. She received the prestigious ASCO Young Investigator’s Award in June 2006. In July 2006 she was awarded the Fellow of the Year at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Research for her excellence in breast cancer research. In March 2006 she was awarded the Jesse H. Jones Fellowship in Cancer Education at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Dr. Patt is married to Hanoch Patt, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist in Austin. They have three children.