Dr. Namrata Patel joined the department of Medicine in the Division of Medical Education as an Instructor on June 10, 2019.
Dr. Patel has been passionate about trying to help her community ever since she can remember. She completed her medical degree at The University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, where she co-founded a non-profit dedicated to helping fight nutritional disparities among her communities. She went on to complete residency at Case Western University Hospital, Cleveland Medical Center, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. She was involved in community development projects while in Cleveland and this reaffirmed her interest in public health. She has also done medical work abroad in Ecuador, Uganda, and India and hope to be able to continue this through Wash-U. Being med-peds trained, her goal is to take care of the community as a whole, regardless of age or background.
Dr. Patel’s research/clinical interests include disparities in healthcare/resources in general and figuring out how to more efficiently tackle non-communicable diseases including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, mental health, substance abuse, and tobacco cessation. In addition, her interests in pediatrics lie in prevention of childhood obesity, neglect, and helping educate and provide resources to parents in hopes of a better future for their children. She hopes to be able to partner with communities abroad to help make a difference in these areas and pursue an MPH in the next 5 years. Dr. Patel is also excited for the opportunity and challenge of working with emergency medicine for pediatrics, outpatient medicine/pediatrics, and inpatient medicine, and teaching the future generation of physicians.
During her free time, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing tennis, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors. One of her favorite quotes is by George Bernard Shaw, who once said, “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.”