Dr. Patel was born and raised in the southeastern United States. His career in medicine began immediately after completing his education at the University of Georgia. He attended the Medical College of Georgia, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class with induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He completed a transitional year at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he met his lovely wife. Next he completed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He served as Chief Resident in his final year of residency. Finally, he completed a two year vitreoretinal fellowship with the nationally recognized Cincinnati Eye Institute and University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Patel chose a career in ophthalmology after a formative experience in high school, when he volunteered with a comprehensive ophthalmologist in his small hometown. Seeing his mentor enhance his patient’s quality of life by improving their vision, while providing personal and compassionate care, inspired Dr. Patel to pursue a career in medicine and specifically ophthalmology. During his training the intellectual challenges of retinal pathology and the intricacies of vitreoretinal surgery provided a rewarding opportunity to positively affect the lives of others. Dr. Patel finds fulfillment and purpose in his work and in helping his patients.
Dr. Patel has authored multiple papers in peer reviewed journals and presented his research at national and international conferences. He has participated in basic science and clinical research. His clinical interests vary broadly and include retinal detachments, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, epiretinal membranes, retinal vein/artery occlusions, macular holes, and ocular inflammatory disorders.
Outside of medicine Dr. Patel is an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and enjoys spending time with friends and family. He also loves cooking, traveling, and entertaining with his wife and growing family.
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Society of Retina Specialists
- American Medical Association