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Debra Patt, M.D., PHD, MBA

Debra Patt, M.D., PHD, MBA

Provider Type: Physician

  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology
Board Certifications:
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology
  • Internal Medicine

General Summary

Dr. Debra Patt is a practicing oncologist and breast cancer specialist in Austin, Texas, and an executive vice president of Texas Oncology with responsibilities in healthcare policy and strategic initiatives. 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 as well as the leader locally for breast cancer research. She has expertise in healthcare policy and has testified before Congress to protect access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. She is a leader in clinical cancer informatics, and is involved in system innovations to enhance care delivery across a national network of oncology practices. She is the Editor In Chief of the Journal of Clinical Oncology- Clinical Cancer Informatics, and leads informatics initiatives in imaging informatics for breast cancer, clinical decision support systems, predictive analytics to reduce risk in patients with advanced cancer, telemedicine, and quality improvement.

She led healthcare informatics for The US Oncology Network from 2008-2015 and continues to lead analytics as a medical director 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 past-chair of ASCO’s clinical practice committee and served on ASCO’s nominating committee for the ASCO Board and the Conquer Cancer Foundation as well as the health IT work group, EHR, technology, and data requirements workgroup, and guidelines committees.

Dr. Patt serves on the national board for the Community Oncology Alliance and local board of The Shivers Cancer Foundation. She serves as chair on the Texas Medical Association’s Council on Legislation and frequently speaks on healthcare policy at the state and federal level. She is a past chair for the Texas Medical Association’s committee on cancer and has served on the council on science and public health. She is a former board member of Komen Austin and the breast cancer resource center. Dr. Patt is a nationally recognized leader in cancer research, has published many articles, and is a clinical professor at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Patt is the president-elect for the Texas Society of Clinical Oncology.


  • PhD in Health Economics and Health Services Research
    The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX
  • Master of Business Administration
    The University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • Fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • Masters of Public Health with a focus on cancer health policy
    The University of Texas Health Science Center’s School of Public Health, Houston, TX
  • Cancer Prevention Program
    National Cancer Institute, Rockville, MD
  • Residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
    Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Medical Degree
    Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 
  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology, graduated with special honors
    The University of Texas, Austin, TX

Other Information

Dr. Patt is married to Hanoch Patt, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist in Austin. They have three children.

Dr. Patt testifying before Congress to protect cancer care for Medicare beneficiaries.


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Accolades & Memberships

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology Nominating Committee
  • ASCO Young Investigator’s Award
  • Community Oncology Alliance Board of Directors
  • Completed the ASCO Leadership Development Program
  • Fellow of the Year at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Research for her excellence in breast cancer research
  • Jesse H. Jones Fellowship in Cancer Education at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Shivers Foundation Board of Directors
  • Texas Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Young Physician of the Year Award in Travis County