Dr. Patton earned her medical degree at Duke University in Durham, N.C. She completed her internship and residency at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Md., and her fellowship back at Duke University. Dr. Patton believes that family members are part of a patient’s care team because she understands that any time we go through something scary, it helps to have people who love you and can be there for you. She particularly enjoys having family members in the exam room with patients – as long as it is okay with the patient – and she includes family and friends in the conversation. She sometimes jokes that she is deputizing them to be nurses and to assist in the patient’s care – but she is serious about respecting the role that a patient’s family can play in healing. Wellmont Medical Associates offers some of the region's most skilled and compassionate medical experts, with access to the region's most advanced cancer treatment technologies and best cancer treatment centers through the Wellmont Cancer Institute.