Fellow, Cardiovascular Diseases, Northwestern University
Fellowship Site: Public Health Foundation of India, India
Fellowship Project: Evaluating Pre-Hospital Systems of Care for Patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) in India
Dr. Patel chose a career in medicine because of her interest in eliminating differences in the delivery of healthcare along gender, socioeconomic, and racial lines. An anthropology major at Columbia University, she went on to earn her MD from the University of Michigan, where she took an interest in clinical and academic international work. As an internal medicine resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital, she was awarded a Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholarship and spent two months working in rural South Africa at a TB/HIV clinic. A current cardiology fellow at Northwestern University, she has participated in advocacy efforts to add cardiac medications to the World Health Organization’s Essential Medicines List. Her primary professional goal is to be a leader in the ﬁeld of cardiovascular disease implementation science research through the discovery and dissemination of innovative strategies to improve timely care and overall outcomes in patients with cardiovascular diseases.