UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Patel, Neela

School of Medicine
Family & Community Medicine
(210) 450-9890

Neela K. Patel, MD, MPH, CMD is Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Patel completed the Geriatrics Fellowship at UT Health San Antonio that prepared her to care for and study older adults medical and psychosocial needs.
As Medical Director of UT Medicine Senior Health, she with her team and other primary care clinics have established as a nationally recognized patient centered medical home. She has developed a model of integrated care for older adults across all clinical settings - clinic, acute care of elders inpatient care, skilled nursing care and long term custodial care, care in rehabilitation centers, palliative and hospice care, called the UT Senior Health Model that is linked to community resources such as home health agencies or the Alzheimers association, senior centers for exercise, admission to a hospital, or seeing a consultant at another facility. She was honored to co-author a book chapter with Dr. Jan that shared the development of the UT Senior Health model of geriatric care. She is an expert in patient-centered care, end of life care, chronic diseases in older adults including parkinsons disease and dementia and maintenance of function and quality of life of older adults.
Dr. Patel is a life- long learner and teacher and believes learning is more than formal education and classroom teaching, it is a reflective process in which one acquires and applies knowledge, skills, and a sense of devotion and gratitude for the privilege of caring for others.
She teaches and is a role model for medical students, Family Medicine residents (UT Health SA, & Darnall Family Medicine Residency Programs); fellows in geriatric and palliative medicine.
Dr. Patel is active in organizations at many levels.
Locally within UT she is an EPIC clinician champion and an active member of the UT Medicine IT/IM Steering committee. Serves as mentor for the Center for the Medical Ethics and Humanities. Active in the Global health committee mentoring medical students and providing global health experiences. Assisted with establishing a memorandum of understanding with a couple of medical universities in India.
State She is an active member of the Texas Geriatrics Society Board. Was past president of the Texas Indo American Physician Society South West Chapter.
Nationally she is active member of the Health Systems Innovation Economics and Technology Committee. She is an active member of the program committee for the society for post acute and long term care.
Internationally: She is reviewer of abstracts for the International Association of Geriatrics & Gerontology. She has been appointed as Visiting Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai, India.
Dr. Patel has been instrumental in expanding the Division to be that of Community Geriatrics & Palliative Care with consultation services both in the hospital and also for ambulatory care.

9/2015 - Present Chief, Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Care and Chief, Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Care University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX
9/2015 - Present Associate Professor and Chief, Division of Community Geriatrics & Palliative Care UTHSCSA, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX
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 Medical Director and Acute Care for Elders Acute Care for Elders & Palliative Care, Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX