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Debra Patt, M.D., Ph.D., MBA

Debra Patt, M.D., Ph.D., MBA Photo

Provider Type: Physician

Board Certifications:
  • Hematology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology


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 and research in healthcare informatics.

Dr. Patt has responsibility for breast cancer research in Austin and leads our multidisciplinary tumor boards for breast cancer.

As an expert in healthcare policy, she has testified before Congress to protect access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. She chairs the Council on Legislation for the Texas Medical Association and works to formulate responsible healthcare policy that improves the health of Texans. She serves as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Clinical Oncology Clinical Cancer Informatics, and drives engagement in clinical informatics solutions to enhance healthcare. Her research is in clinical decision support, predictive analytics, telemedicine, HEOR, tools for patient symptom management and quality improvement.

Within Texas Oncology, she serves on the payer relations, marketing, telemedicine, strategy, policy, management executive, marketing, and revenue cycle committees.

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 as the President of the Texas Society of Clinical Oncology, the Secretary for the Community Oncology Alliance and serves locally on the Austin Healthcare Council, Shivers Board, and formerly on the board of Komen and the Breast Cancer Resource Center.

She lectures medical students and is a clinical Professor at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.


  • Ph.D. 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

Accolades & Memberships

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology Nominating Committee
  • ASCO Young Investigator’s Award
  • Austin’s Top Doctors, Oncology & Hematology, Austin Monthly (2021)
  • 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


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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.