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Bringing more than 15 years of medical and operational expertise to the role, Dr. Patel serves as United Digestive’s Chief Executive Officer. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and previously held roles as Vice President of Clinical Development, Chief Strategy Officer, and President. He is currently a partner physician and serves as a member of the physician executive committee for Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates. Dr. Patel represents United Digestive on a national level as a member of the American College of Gastroenterology’s Practice Management Committee and previously served as a board member of the Digestive Health Provider Association (DHPA).

Dr. Patel graduated magna cum laude and was a Presidential Scholar in Finance and Banking at the University of Georgia. He then graduated cum laude from the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, where he received the prestigious Academic Achievement Merit Scholarship. Dr. Patel later completed his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship with the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Education. While there, he was named Assistant Professor of Medicine. He currently holds academic appointments with both Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine.

Dr. Patel has leveraged his background in finance coupled with strong clinical experience to widely present and publish on the future of gastroenterology and private equity partnerships. In addition, he has published numerous clinical studies in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored several book chapters, including a chapter in the highly regarded Sleisenger and Fordtran’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease.

Dr. Patel joined Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates in 2014.

Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Fellowship, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 2014

Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.
Residency, 2011

Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.
Doctor of Medicine, 2008

University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
Bachelor of Business Administration, 2004

University of Georgia, Presidential Scholar, 2000 - 2004

University of Georgia, Magna Cum Laude, 2004

Morehouse School of Medicine, Cum Laude, 2008

Morehouse School of Medicine, Merit Scholar, 2008

Mayo Clinic, Resident Research Award, 2009

Mayo Clinic, Assistant Professor of Medicine, 2014

Ten GI Leaders to Know, Becker's ASC Review, 2022

Habitat for Humanity, 5 yrs

Northside Financial Assistance Program, 6 yrs

I love traveling internationally with my wife and 2 young kids, trying new restaurants, and sports (especially UGA football!).

American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

American Gastroenterology Association (AGA)

American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)

National Practice Management Committee

ACG Digestive Health Physicians Association (DHPA) Board Member

I was drawn to the field of GI because it uniquely combines internal medicine principles with the ability to effect meaningful change through minimally invasive procedures.