UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Patel, Neela K.

School of Medicine
Family & Community Medicine
(210) 450-9890
pateln4@uthscsa.edu

Neela K. Patel, MD, MPH is Assistant Professor on the tenure track of Family and Community Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Patel completed Geriatrics Fellowship that prepared her to care for and study elders medical and psychosocial needs. As Medical Director of the UT Medicine Senior Health Clinic, she with her team are setting an example for other primary care clinics to establish as patient centered medical home. Dr. Patel was accepted as a participant of the first Presidential Faculty Learning Community for Interprofessional Education (IPE) and contributed to the recommendations for IPE for UTHSCSA. She has developed clinical curricula for training medical students, residents and fellows as models of Interprofessional Education and Clinical Practice. (IPECP) Dr. Patels research interests are on physical activity in the elderly with an emphasis on the impact of yoga as an exercise intervention on their functional status and quality of life. Dr. Patel is active in the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and its International Special Interest Group (SIG) where she works serves as the Chair of the SIG and works closely with AGSs Ambassador for India to improve Geriatric Care in India. She is active in the local San Antonio Community and is the past President of the Texas Indo American Physicians Society for 2012. She raised funds for the St. Peter Js children home, initiated a medical students scholarship program the TIPSSW for medical students in UTHSCSA, the first five scholarships were awarded in March 2013. Dr. Patel was instrumental in establishing the Junior Volunteer Program - TIPSJVP, in 2012, to encourage children of Indian Origin to work with professionals of various backgrounds for altruistic work. In 2010, as Secretary and gala chair she helped raise funds to support the fallen heroes'' fund of the Center for Intrepid in Fort Sam Houston. She also serves as mentor for the Center for Medical Ethics and Humanities and coordinates the International Students Elective for students who go to India for a global experience.

1/2012 - Present EPIC Clinician Champion and EPIC Clinician Champion UT Medicine San Antonio, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX
1/2012 - Present UT Medicine Senior Health Clinic and Medical Director UT Medicine Senior Health Clinic, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX
6/2010 - Present Co-Medical Director and Acute Care for Elders Unit Acute Care for Elders Unit, Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX
3/2010 - Present Assistant Professor and Faculty Physician University of TX Health Science Center at San Antonio, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX
3/2010 - Present Director For Medical Student Education for Geriatrics and Pre-Doctoral Education University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX