Patricia Rich, MD
Medical Oncology Director, CTCA Lung Cancer Institute; Vice Chief of Staff
Southeastern Regional Medical Center
Internship / Residency
- Internal Medicine – University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
- Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
- Medical Oncology - American Board of Internal Medicine
- Hematology-Oncology - University of South Florida, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa
Dr. Patricia Rich defines compassion in every sense of the word. She welcomes her patients at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® in Newnan, Georgia, with smiles and hugs. She cares for them as if they were members of her own family.
Dr. Rich, a Medical Oncologist and Medical Oncology Director of the CTCA Lung Cancer Institute, takes time to sit with her patients and learn about what they are experiencing. She listens to their concerns, answers their questions and encourages them to never lose sight of hope.
Education is a major component of the personalized care that Dr. Rich provides to her patients. She explains their diagnosis and treatment options in detail and at a level they can understand.
“I believe that if patients learn about the cancer they are fighting, their treatment options and anything their treatment involves, including side effects, they will have more hope and be better equipped to deal with the disease,” says Dr. Rich who also serves as the hospital's Vice Chief of Staff.
Dr. Rich also empowers her patients and their families, involving them in the decision-making process when selecting treatments.
She is board certified in internal medicine, with a subspecialty in medical oncology. Dr. Rich earned a medical degree from the University of Miami, where she received several awards, including Outstanding Medical Student of the Year 2000 for Excellence in Internal Medicine. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida, where she graduated cum laude.
Dr. Rich completed a fellowship in hematology-oncology at the University of South Florida, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa and a residency in internal medicine at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. In 2005, she received the Foundation Merit Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Dr. Rich has published on the subject of metastatic renal cancer in the prestigious Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. In addition, she has conducted research on a number of types of cancer, including malignant melanoma, advanced renal cell carcinoma, and basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. She has also researched immunotherapy extensively.
In June 2014, Dr. Rich joined the Georgia Leadership Board of the American Lung Association. The following year, she was selected as member of the American Lung Association’s Lung Cancer Expert Medical Advisory Panel. The panel provides the American Lung Association with strategic advice on critical lung cancer science and lung cancer-related issues.
Before pursuing her medical degree, Dr. Rich studied to be a dancer at the National School of Dance in Argentina, where she was born and raised. She was inspired by her mother, who was a renowned dancer. But looking back, she says doesn’t regret her decision to put away her leotards and dancing shoes in exchange for a stethoscope and lab coat.
“I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. Caring for people has always been my true calling,” says Dr. Rich, who speaks English and Spanish fluently.