Friday, February 2, 2007

Richard B.Patt, M.D. - Professional Background: Biography


Dr. Patt is the President and Chief Medical Officer of the Patt Center for Pain Management in Houston, a patient-centered private practice caring for patients with pain and other distressing symptoms arising from cancer as well as more commonplace disorders such as arthritis, muscle spasm, joint derangement, injury and degeneration. In addition, diagnosis and often treatment are rendered for those with more complex syndromes due to either rare and obscure causes as well as in cases where the source and nature of the symptom complex remains uncertain, disputed or puzzling. Finally, patients treated in the Center’s home-like location in the heart of the Texas Medical Center find the comfortable environment within a grand home built in the 1920's a nonthreatening change from the hectic pace and impersonal character typical of today’s high tech care.

The Patt Center is exploring new models for the delivery of health care that by emphasizing wellness, endeavor to empower patients to make informed decisions that are best suited to their unique circumstances. The Patt Center is located in the heart of Houston’s Texas Medical Center. Non-hospital based care is rendered in a relaxed, nonthreatening personalized environment within an elegant lushly landscaped residential structure erected in the 1920's, furnished with antiques and original art. Patients are responsible for the costs of their care, which is often surprisingly modest, and are coached to interact with their insurers, allowing Dr. Patt and his staff more resources to focus expressly on therapeutic issues, thus enhancing availability and time for establishing quality communication with patients and family members.

Dr. Patt was recruited to Houston to help establish and administer the newly formed Pain and Symptom Management Section at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, universally regarded as one of the world’s biggest and best cancer hospitals. Dr. Patt established Anderson’s first A.C.G.M.E. approved fellowship in Pain Management, and from 1993-1998, served as the section’s Deputy Chief, Director of Anesthesia Pain Programs, Fellowship Director and Medical Director and was Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Neuro-Oncology on the tenure track. Prior to this he helped establish the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry’s pain program and fellowship where he served for seven years as Medical Director and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Oncology in Medicine. While in Rochester he, established an annual Teaching Day on Cancer Pain to honor a grateful patient, was recognized as the 1992 Visiting Nurse Association Physician of the Year and garnered research and community funds that led to an initiative to establish an Endowed Chair in Pain Medicine. In 2002, Dr. Patt completed 18 months’ service as Medical Director of Inpatient Services at the world-renowned Hospice at the Texas Medical Center, a position that involved performing and supervising daily rounds on inpatient hospice patients admitted for crisis control, respite, transitional and terminal care to the program’s dedicated 30 bed unit. He served on the attending staff of St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and Methodist Hospital between 1998 and 2005, where he co-chaired St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital’s Pain Control Task Force and served on the SLEH Ethics Consortium and its Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

An active participant in many professional societies, initially in anesthesiology, Patt served as District President of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists and Delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, as well as serving on numerous committees, including the ASA committee responsible for producing Evidence-Based Guidelines on cancer pain. As co-chair of the International Association for the Study of Pain’s Task Force on Pain and AIDS, Dr. Patt served as an envoy in Kenya and Thailand. He recently completed a three year position on the Board of Directors of the American Pain Society, and testified before the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners on behalf of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He recently completed service on the board of Houston’s National Chronic Pain Society, a not-for-profit patient-based group.

A prolific writer, Dr. Patt edited the first comprehensive text on cancer pain, Cancer Pain (Lippincott, 1993), coauthored the first self help book for patients with cancer pain and their families, You Don’t Have to Suffer: A Complete Guide to Relieving Cancer Pain for Patients and their Families (Oxford, 1994), which has been released in hardback and softback editions in the U.S., in Chinese and Japanese translations and in an audio cassette edition. These two books were the subject of highly favorable reviews in the NEJM, Lancet, JAMA, Anesthesiology, Anesthesia and Analgesia and other journals. With Richard Payne and C. Stratton Hill, Jr. he coedited the twelfth volume in a series of IASP textbooks, Assessment and Treatment of Cancer Pain (IASP Press, 1998), coedited the Cancer Pain volume of a four volume textbook of international scope, Clinical Pain Management (Arnold, 2003), and co-authored an updated self help book for patients and their family members, The Complete Guide to Revieving Cancer Pain and Suffering (Oxford, 2004), which was released in paperback in 2006. Dr. Patt has served on the editorial boards of 15 journals, has written over 60 textbook chapters and over 60 articles in peer reviewed journals. An advocate for the more liberal treatment of pain, he is a well-respected lecturer and teacher, and has lectured extensively abroad, especially in Asia and Latin America. A native of Baltimore, Dr. Patt is fluent in Spanish. He and his wife Pauline who administers his office have an 18 year old son, Sean, and live with his 89 year old father, a retired surgeon. Dr. Patt’s personal interests include the history of medicine, landscaping and traditional American music.

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