Dr. Sandra "Sunny" Hatch, Professor and Chair ad interim in the Department of Radiation Oncology, earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering cum laude at Tennessee Technological University and the MO degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. After completing a transitional internship at the Brackenridge Hospital in Austin and a residency in Radiation Oncology at UTMB and Baylor College of Medicine and serving patients in private practice in Houston for six years, she joined the faculty of the Department of Radiation Oncology at UTMB. She has served numerous leadership roles in the Department including Vice Chair, Clinical Operations Director. and Ambulatory Medical Director at the League City Campus. She has participated in numerous collaborative clinical research and projects and contributed her knowledge to national state, regional and UTMB committees and organizations that are dedicated to alleviating suffering from cancer. She has received many recognitions of her excellence in patient care and knowledge including Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Cancer Specialists, Fellow of the American College of Radiology, Best Doctors in America. and UTMB Academy of Master Clinicians. She has repeatedly received awards as Teacher of the Year and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the John P McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine.
This is how her colleagues describe her spirit of professionalism:
"Dr. Hatch's enthusiasm, compassion, and commitment to patient care, research, and teaching is evident in all aspects of her daily activities - taking care of patients, mentoring medical students, and supervising and instructing residents and fellows. She is the supreme example of a committed and compassionate physician and a role model to all around her."
"Sunny is quiet and thoughtful and doesn't speak often. But when she does speak, people truly listen. She is able to cut through volume and dissension and provide incisive succinct input. Even when providing opinions that are not popular or 'correct', she garners respect and attention. Her advocacy for patients, staff, and trainees is similarly quiet and persistent. She is always listening and always holds herself accountable for using her knowledge of others in the best possible way for them."
"She models conscientiousness and dedication in offering optimal care to patients. 'Kind,' 'compassionate,' 'witty,' and 'personal,' are all adjectives that describe her bedside manner and interaction with patients."
"She exemplifies a ready expectation that going above and beyond the call of usual duty is not really above and beyond, or exceptional at all-it is what we do because we can do it."
"She is always extremely generous with her time. She is never too busy to stop and answer questions or hold an impromptu mini teaching session during clinic."
"Perhaps the most telling illustration of Dr. Hatch's impact is that both of her named endowed chairs were developed for her, individually, by patients and families grateful for the care she provided."
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