Dr. Patel ’00 worked with Sen. Bob Graham and Dr. Howard Forman, assisting with the Medicare Prescription Drug bill in the United States Senate. He has served on the Boards of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal (PRS).
At Lake Highland, Dr. Patel was Valedictorian for the Class of 2000, and he matriculated to the University of Florida, where he was the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Recipient and USA Today’s All-USA College Academic First Team. He majored in economics, biochemistry, and molecular genetics. Dr. Patel was the University of Florida’s Class of 2004 Valedictorian. Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. Patel earned his MD/MBA from Yale University. At Yale, he was awarded the Nobel Laureate Joseph Murray Award for research and the Winters Award as the resident who has made the most significant contribution to the education of the medical class. He completed plastic surgery training at Yale followed by a hand/microsurgery fellowship at New York University.