Mayur B. Patel, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM

Associate Professor of Surgery
Director of Research
Division of Acute Care Surgery
Vice Chair for Professional Development
Department of Surgery
Director of Finance
Center for Critical Illness, Brain dysfunction, & Survivorship (CIBS) Center
Asst. Chief, Surgical Services
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS)
Division/Section of General Surgery, TVHS

Dr. Patel has three active Board Certificates in General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Neurocritical Care.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Trauma & Neurotrauma
  • Emergency General Surgery 
  • Surgical Critical Care

At Vanderbilt, he clinically serves as Acute Care Surgeon across the domains of trauma, emergency general surgery, and critical care. As Department Vice-Chair of Professional Development, he is helping build a supportive program for Junior Faculty centering on mentorship, sponsorship, & promotion. In addition, Dr. Patel helps deliver regional surgical care through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center & Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS). As TVHS Asst. Chief of Surgical Service, he helps lead 12 surgical subspecialty services, and also serves as TVHS Division/Section Chief of General Surgery. He carries responsibility as the VA Site Residency Director and the Senior Medical Student Clerkship Director for Acting Internship Elective.

He serves the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Association for Academic Surgeons (AAS), Society for University Surgeons (SUS), Association for VA Surgeons (AVAS), American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), American Delirium Society (ADS), and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

His current research interests focus on brain dysfunction and critical illness, as related to traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), long-term cognitive impairment, dementia, and other aspects of ICU survivorship. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DoD), Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), Eastern Association Surgery of Trauma (EAST) Foundation Research Scholarship, Vanderbilt CTSA, and the Vanderbilt Faculty Scholars Program have supported his research efforts. He serves the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and the Surgery, Anesthesia, & Trauma (SAT) Study Section and associated Emergency Care Special Emphasis Panels.

Dr. Patel has attracted a >$20M NIH Principal Investigator portfolio on behalf of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) collaborative community, represented by 3 active independent research programs. The INSIGHT-ICU NIH/NIGMS R01 project will help define the impact of Delirium and Traumatic Brain Injury on long-term Cognition, Return to Work, and Neuroinflammation after critical illness and injury. The BRAIN-ICU-2 NIH/NIA R01 will help define the relationship between delirium and dementia among ICU survivors. The RETURN-III VA Merit ORD/RRD I01 will determine the effectiveness of computerized cognitive rehabilitation in ICU survivors. Dr. Patel has actively published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, invited reviews, book chapters, and editorials. He has been sought after to present locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. He is actively developing pre-doctoral (MD and PhD candidates), post-doctoral trainees (F and K level resident and junior faculty), and motivated faculty (R level).

For inquiries about Trauma/Surgery ICU research and/or more details of his work or for his CV, please contact him (


  • BA, Johns Hopkins University (1997)
  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (2002)
  • MPH, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (2012)


  • General Surgery, Duke University Medical Center (2009)


  • Trauma Surgery Research Fellow, Duke University & Ryder Trauma Center (2006)
  • Trauma & Surgical Critical Care, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2012)