Patricia Rich,MD

MD

CTCA Lung Cancer Program Director

4.9 (190 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 who serves as Director of the CTCA® Lung Cancer Program and Vice Chief of Staff at  CTCA Atlanta, 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.

She is a former member of the Georgia Leadership Board of the American Lung Association, as well as the American Lung Association’s Lung Cancer Expert Medical Advisory Panel, which 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
Jun 8, 2020

5.0

"I think she is one of the best!"
Jun 2, 2020

5.0

"Dr. Rich is the best doctor I have ever met. She and her team gave me hope when I had none."
May 6, 2020

5.0

"I would recommend Dr. Rich to anybody, she is the best!!!"
Apr 28, 2020

5.0

"Wonderful Doctor!!! Very caring and concerned!"
Apr 8, 2020

5.0

"she was very nice and friendly. made me feel very comfortable.was very good at explaining thing and gave me a good feeling about my treatment"
Mar 10, 2020

5.0

"Dr. Rich is so amazing. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone who needs the most excellent of care. Her staff is equally as awesome."
Mar 10, 2020

5.0

"Dr. Rich is the Best! Wonderful lady and friend"
Mar 10, 2020

5.0

"Very Happy!!"
Mar 1, 2020

5.0

"brillante"
Feb 27, 2020

5.0

"Dr. Rich is very knowledgeable in her area. I feel very comfortable with Dr. Rich's ability to treat me. I have been a patient of Dr. Rich's for 4 + years. I never felt like she didn't know what she is doing. She is very kind and compassionate. She is honest and tell the truth about my condition and treatments. Excellent!"
Feb 26, 2020

5.0

"*Patricia L. Rich, MD, is wonderful. She explains all the results of my CT's and […] MRI, instead of just saying everything is fine."
Feb 17, 2020

5.0

"dr Rich is incredible"
Feb 11, 2020

3.1

"[...]. I'm not sure if doctors know where to go from here. She wants him to have a chance of feeling good, which I'm not sure is possible anymore. "
Feb 6, 2020

5.0

"awesome dr."
Feb 5, 2020

5.0

"most certainly"
Jan 30, 2020

5.0

"We love Dr Rich and her entire team!"
Jan 29, 2020

5.0

"Dr. Rich is superb. I credit her for my longevity. very compassionate. After coming to her since [...]she is family. I trust and believe in her. She inspires resilience."
Jan 28, 2020

5.0

"Dr.Rich is a wonderful caring person,we love her"
Jan 23, 2020

5.0

"I have opted to get my treatment at home due to my insurance, but the appt I had with Dr Rich was very good. I was impressed by the way she spoke with me. Her explanations were clear, and helped me to understand."
Jan 14, 2020

5.0

"Dr Rich is very passionate, kind, takes time explaining and answering any concerns I may have."
Dec 31, 2019

5.0

"Dr. Rich and her staff are great. They not only care about me but also my caregivers"
Dec 30, 2019

5.0

"Dr. Patricia Rich was direct, decisive, and very acute to patients disease and necessary treatment protocol. Dr. Rich is considered by patient and family as a life saver."
Dec 23, 2019

5.0

"I am very satisfied with *Dr. Rich. *Dr. Rich is very kind. She has a wonderful, cheerful, personality and cares for the "whole" person. She is tops! 5 stars."
Dec 22, 2019

5.0

"have only seen Dr twice. she replaced my other dr"
Dec 13, 2019

5.0

"Dr. Rich is beyond words as far as her care and concern about my health and treatment go. I've never had a doctor who was so genuine, honest and caring as Dr. Rich. She truly is a blessing to me, and I imagine to many others, and I'm so very grateful to have her for my doctor."
Dec 11, 2019

5.0

"Dr. Patricia Rich is the best Oncologist. very knowledgeable and makes me feel well cared for.I totally trust her."
Dec 5, 2019

5.0

"*Dr. Rich is solid!"
Nov 13, 2019

5.0

"Dr. Patricia Rich is the best doctor I have ever seen in my lifetime! She is so compassionate and truly cares about her patients."
Nov 7, 2019

5.0

"dr Rich is awesome"
Nov 6, 2019

5.0

"overall experience is excellent"
Nov 6, 2019

5.0

"Dr Rich is the only reason I continue to come to CTCA"
Nov 3, 2019

5.0

"dr Rich is so knowledgeable and thorough, kind and patient. explains every single detail, and instills such faith and confidence"
Nov 3, 2019

5.0

"Explained everything, gave me hope."
Oct 30, 2019

5.0

"She is phenomenal!"
Oct 29, 2019

5.0

"I have recommended CTCA to many and 2 of those I referred actually went to the Tulsa campus."
Oct 29, 2019

5.0

"Dr Rich and her team are all phenomenal. well educated, wonderful demeanor, kind hearted and gifted at bat they do. they Re all doing the work of the Lord everyday with a smile!"
Oct 29, 2019

5.0

"Very, very satisfied with the service I have received from Dr. Rich!!"
Oct 21, 2019

5.0

"She is very knowledgeable and very caring. She checks all avenues of care as to best care for you."
Oct 16, 2019

5.0

"very good"
Oct 16, 2019

5.0

"Dr Ruch is wonderful"
Oct 16, 2019

5.0

"Patricia Rich is the bomb! She is grade A material! I love her!!"
Oct 3, 2019

5.0

"*Dr. Patricia Rich is the best she is a God sent doctor. It's been such a blessing to hae her as my doctor on my journey."
Oct 2, 2019

5.0

"Dr. Rich is very kind and went over treatment and concerns very compassionate. I would definitely recommend her."
Sep 27, 2019

5.0

"Love *Dr. Rich she's the best!"
Sep 21, 2019

5.0

"I have already recommended you to others"
Sep 9, 2019

5.0

"*Dr. Rich is very caring."
Sep 5, 2019

5.0

"Patrica Rich is the best"
Sep 4, 2019

5.0

"Dr. Rich is the most caring and compassionate Doctor I have ever had."
Sep 3, 2019

5.0

"very good"
Sep 2, 2019

5.0

"My Medical Oncologist is knowledgeable and concern as well as her care team."
Aug 31, 2019

5.0

"great"
Aug 25, 2019

5.0

"Dr Rich is one of the sweetest most kind hearted Drs we have ever met. Her ability to make you feel comfortable about the cancer you have is amazing. She makes you feel as if you are her only patient."
Aug 11, 2019

5.0

"she's great and goes over things throughly and completely.very compassionate and caring"
Aug 7, 2019

5.0

"I have so much confidence in my Medical Oncologist. She is marvelous!"
Jul 31, 2019

5.0

"Dr Rich is the best doctor I have ever had. I love her she has went above and beyond for me. when she could have given up SHE DIDN'T. I Thank God For Her!"
Jul 30, 2019

5.0

"we have only seen her once but we really liked her"
Jul 29, 2019

5.0

"so pleased"
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"