With a master of social work from the University of Illinois and a doctor of philosophy in sociology from Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany, Patricia Lynn Hough taught for several years at the University of Maryland, Overseas Division. She then returned to the United States as an assistant professor of sociology and social work at Roanoke College. Patricia Lynn Hough then moved on to University of Texas at El Paso to teach in the social work program.

Setting her sights on medicine, Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough joined the Ross University School of Medicine, graduating in 1988. She conducted her postgraduate training at the Medical College of Georgia’s Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior, and was selected as chief resident in her final year. Putting her medical degree to use, she worked as a psychiatrist at Georgia Regional Hospital and held an appointment at the Medical College of Georgia as an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry. She worked for one year as a psychiatrist at the Allendale Correctional Facility in South Carolina.

A firm believer in community service, Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough has been a medical volunteer for numerous organizations in Central America, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and in western Africa. She has been active in the Disciples of Christ Church and the World Parliament of Religions.

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