Patricia Rich,MD

MD

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

4.9 (213 Ratings)

61 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
CTCA 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
Fellowship:
Hematology/Oncology - University of South Florida, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa
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 occurrence. 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
Jul 24, 2019

5.0

"Dr Rich is amazing carrying Oncologist anyone could ever have she has been the most carrying Dr I have ever had.. Awesome sweet and caring Dr anyone could ever have."
Jul 24, 2019

5.0

"Love Dr. Rich. She is the best. Always friendly, answers all questions, and always has a smile on her face."
Jul 22, 2019

5.0

"very good"
Jul 17, 2019

5.0

"honest and caring"
Jul 2, 2019

4.4

"Dr. Rich is a very caring person and that is so clear. I have a horrible time communicating with her though. I leave her visits confused most times. I never seem to get my questions answered to my understanding. There seems to be no room for conversation, no back and forth communication so that explanations are precise. Without that, I feel I am not being heard. I am confused and therefore scared of the unknowns. Under the circumstances, communication with your doctor is extremely important. I don't feel I have that."
Jun 25, 2019

5.0

"would definitely recommend Dr Rich"
Jun 25, 2019

5.0

"the only issue I had was I was promised a callback on Monday after my visit and waited to hear until Wednesday it would have eased my mind somewhat to hear even from the nurse Monday or even Tuesday that they were waiting for a call back from surgeon. by Wednesday I was worried I was lost in the shuffle that's my only issue otherwise to be honest Dr Rich was wonderful very thorough and extremely caring and understanding"
Jun 23, 2019

5.0

"Dr. Rich is wonderful."
Jun 23, 2019

5.0

"Dr. Rich told me early to be positive and work with the team and my cancer can be beaten. With her direction, medical care and smile, we are 6 months cancer free!"
Jun 20, 2019

5.0

"Love, love, love *Dr. Rich. She is such a loving person!"
Jun 19, 2019

5.0

"*Dr. Rich's team is the best!! Everyone @ CTCA/A+1 is great!!!"
Jun 13, 2019

5.0

"Dr Rich is amazing - her expertise and compassion are unrivaled!"
Jun 10, 2019

5.0

"I love Dr. Rich."
Jun 8, 2019

5.0

"she is great!"
Jun 5, 2019

5.0

"Limited experience with *Dr. Rich, but she exudes care & confidence."
Jun 5, 2019

5.0

"I feel that I can always depend on my oncologist and her care team. They are very efficient."
Jun 4, 2019

5.0

"She's very experienced and knowledgeable about her area of expertise. She is very consultatve which fits well with my personality, education and experience."
May 29, 2019

5.0

"Dr Rich as been my oncologist since 2008. She is the best !!"
May 29, 2019

5.0

"wonderful doctor"
May 9, 2019

5.0

"very impressive the time oncologist is taking with us even though treatment is over!"
May 9, 2019

5.0

"Very Good"
May 7, 2019

5.0

"dr. rich is an angel. she always made us feel safe and informed"
May 7, 2019

5.0

"Dr Rich is the best"
May 3, 2019

5.0

"we love and have total trust in Dr Rich"
Apr 16, 2019

5.0

"My doctor is wonderful! Efficient, and caring. Thank you."
Apr 10, 2019

5.0

"I could not have asked for a more qualified, professional or compassionate oncologist."
Apr 10, 2019

5.0

"I love her, she is so caring."
Mar 26, 2019

5.0

"Dr rich was amazing would really have to of lived closer though...."
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."