Houston Music

Dr. Rick, Physician Turned Patient, Learns to Enjoy Every Sandwich

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There's an old saying about what happens when a doctor becomes a patient. Dr. Richard Patt, once a high-placed anaesthesiologist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, became a musician first.

Patt, who musically goes by "Dr. Rick," left the cancer-research hospital after developing a drug problem, which he says was "not consistent with my being an anaesthesiologist anymore." He got sober and went on to found the Patt Center for Cancer Pain & Wellness and now practices at Doctors Clinic of Houston on the Northwest Freeway.

Always an amateur musician, the Baltimore native channeled his sobriety into his hobby, calling music a "recovery tool." He became a steady-gigging member of the local blues scene as the leader of Dr. Rick & the Burners and now his new project Dr. Rick's Fool's Paradise.

Dr. Rick is also heavily involved in the Houston Blues Society and served on the board for a couple of years. Nowadays Dr. Rick says he treats many local musicians for ailments such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Seeing what was happening to his friend Leo Aston, the leader of the Leo Trio who passed away from cancer last month, led him to go get checked out himself.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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