Dr. Patel earned his bachelor of science at Pennsylvania State University and subsequently received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, where he graduated summa cum laude and was awarded membership in Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) and the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). He completed his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania before beginning his fellowship training in the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases at UCLA in 2014.
As a gastroenterology fellow, Dr. Patel joined the UCLA Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) and the NRSA (National Research Service Award) T32 Primary Care Research Fellowship programs through the Department of Medicine. He is currently pursuing a PhD in health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
Dr. Patel’s research focuses on optimizing advance care planning and end-of-life care management in patients with end-stage liver disease. His work has been published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, including a large nationwide analysis that revealed low utilization rates of palliative care, high costs of care, and the potential for cost savings with palliative care in patients with end-stage liver disease at the end of life. His current projects include a qualitative study of advance care planning practices and an assessment of end-of-life quality indicators among veterans. Dr. Patel’s other research interests include transplant allocation ethics, alcohol rehabilitation, quality improvement, and cost-effectiveness analysis.