Patricia Rich,MD

MD

Medical Oncology Director, CTCA Lung Cancer Institute; Vice Chief of Staff, CTCA Atlanta

4.9 (188 Ratings)

50 Reviews
Patricia Rich - Medical Oncology Director, CTCA Lung Cancer Institute; Vice Chief of Staff
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My patients and I are in a partnership. It's teamwork. We work together to find the treatments that are right for them.

Location
Atlanta
Specialties
Medical Oncology
Education
Medical school: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Residency: Internal Medicine – University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL
Fellowship: Hematology/Oncology - University of South Florida, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, FL
Certifications

Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine

Medical Oncology - American Board of Internal Medicine

Dr. Patricia Rich defines compassion in every sense of the word. She welcomes her patients at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Atlanta, 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.

Patient ratings
The patient ratings and comments on this page are obtained from an external Press Ganey® outpatient survey provided to all eligible CTCA patients within one to two weeks of their treatment occurance. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five- star rating. In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, or do not relate to the patient's experience with the doctor involved. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA.
About Our Ratings
Mar 13, 2019

5.0

"Dr Rich is so friendly and knowledgeable. It is very evident that she truly cares about her patients and there family ."
Mar 3, 2019

5.0

"dr rich is the greatest."
Mar 3, 2019

5.0

"Dr Rich, wonderful! I am very fortunate that she is my oncologists. Keeps me informed, shows true concern."
Feb 27, 2019

5.0

"I've already recommended her to a friend. She was very nice and knowledgeable to my situation. Her team took their time with us and made sure we understood anything and everything. Very grateful for that."
Feb 27, 2019

5.0

"great Dr."
Feb 26, 2019

5.0

"Best doctor ever!!!"
Feb 20, 2019

5.0

"She explained things better than anyone has ever done."
Feb 13, 2019

5.0

"Dr. Rich is family. I love her and I trust her. I always tell others about my experiences with her."
Feb 12, 2019

5.0

"Dr Rich is the best!"
Feb 7, 2019

5.0

"I feel that my Medical Oncologist looks at the total picture concerning my health"
Feb 4, 2019

5.0

"Doctor very on top of concerns for overall health"
Jan 30, 2019

5.0

"good"
Jan 29, 2019

5.0

"She is the best explaining everything so that we understand"
Jan 24, 2019

5.0

"Dr. Rich was wonderful. very compassionate and knowledgable. To the patient and family, the compassion and understanding are just as important as the knowledge. She creates a comfortable enviroment in the department. You feel that you are more than a patient and more like a partner. Can not say to express our appreciation to her."
Jan 22, 2019

5.0

"very pleased"
Jan 15, 2019

5.0

"We both love Dr. Rich, and her team. Dr. Rich, is an excellent Doctor and We cannot thank her enough, for the excellent care my husband has received."
Dec 21, 2018

5.0

"*Doctor Rich and her staff are God's angels on earth make you feel more like family than a patient."
Nov 28, 2018

5.0

"I feel that my doctor listens to me and addresses all of my concerns and keeps me updated on my condition"
Nov 14, 2018

5.0

"Most amazing Oncologist and staff"
Nov 12, 2018

5.0

"Dr. Patricia Rich is Awesome her knowledge and compassion are outstanding."
Nov 4, 2018

5.0

"I think Dr. Rich is wonderful! I feel that she genuinely cares about her patients. That's what she has shown towards me!"
Nov 4, 2018

5.0

"wonderful"
Oct 28, 2018

5.0

"Dr. Patricia Rich is the best Would recommended her to anyone."
Oct 26, 2018

5.0

"Dr, Patricia Rich is amazing. She explains everything to you concerning your health"
Oct 22, 2018

5.0

"Dr Rich is our favorite Dr at CTCA she is so compassionate"
Oct 17, 2018

5.0

"Doctor Rich is the very best! We are blessed to have her as our Oncologist. She has made us feel so safe being under her care."
Oct 16, 2018

5.0

"Dr Rich is great she really cares"
Oct 16, 2018

5.0

"Love the care we get from Dr Rich"
Oct 14, 2018

5.0

"Absolutely love Dr.Rich."
Oct 8, 2018

5.0

"Doctor Rich and her staff are very knowledgeable, caring, and give you hope"
Aug 23, 2018

5.0

"*Dr. Patricia Rich replaced [...] when he left CTCA. I have been very pleased with *Dr. Rich's ability to care for me."
Aug 22, 2018

5.0

"Dr. Rich was very thorough and passionate!"
Aug 21, 2018

5.0

"Dr Rich is a wonderful Oncologist. Very knowledgeable and concerned about her patients."
Aug 5, 2018

5.0

"Dr. Rich is one sweet lady who truly cares about her patients."
Jul 31, 2018

5.0

"Dr Rich cares about her patience and treats me with respect. I am so much more than a cancer diagnosis and she seems to get that."
Jul 27, 2018

5.0

"Dr Rich is a wonderful caring person,so glad I came to CTCA"
Jul 24, 2018

5.0

"Dr. Rich is a pure gem, never have I had a Doctor that not only takes good care of you, tells you the truth about everything upfront and still gives the best hugs! You literally feel her compassion!"
Jul 19, 2018

5.0

"I would trust her with my life and I believe she is very knowledgeable and she will do all she can."
Jul 12, 2018

5.0

"My Oncologist is very professional and shows lots or care and concern about my well being."
Jul 11, 2018

5.0

"She is good as what she does!"
Jul 10, 2018

5.0

"We loved Dr. Rich. She was wonderful and we couldn't ask for a better doctor. She is very caring and thorough and we love her to death."
Jun 24, 2018

5.0

"love bring treated by team Rich"
Jun 20, 2018

5.0

"Dr. Rich is amazing! Her Mother Care is excellent. She is very kind and professional. I have complete confidence and faith in her abilities to care for me during my lung cancer. Great Job! Thanks"
Jun 1, 2018

5.0

"Doctor was very friendly, informative. Visit was for a second opinion. Did not feel rushed. Highly recommended *Dr. Rich."
May 10, 2018

5.0

"great"
Apr 26, 2018

5.0

"Dr. Rich is the best!!!"
Apr 26, 2018

5.0

"dr Rich is an amazing doctor and person!"
Apr 22, 2018

5.0

"I loved the way Dr. Rich communicated with me. I felt completely comfortable in her ability and she had the knowledge to care for me and would do her best to help me. She was direct yet personable. A number 10 on my scale!"
Apr 21, 2018

5.0

"dr Rich has our full confidence"
Apr 19, 2018

5.0

"My Medical Oncologist has the knowledge, compassion, and caring it takes to be the best Oncologist in her field. Dr. Patricia Rich is my nomination for Oncolosgist of the year!"