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Language(s) Spoken

English

Joined Kelsey-Seybold

September 2019

Accepting New Patients?

Yes

Professional Background

Dr. Sunil Patel earned his undergraduate degree in 1997 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in molecular and cell biology.  He completed his medical degree in 2002 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he graduated cum laude. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 2005 at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology in 2008 at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  Prior to joining Kelsey-Seybold in 2019, Dr. Patel cared for patients at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where he was an Associate Professor and Deputy Department Chair of the Department of General Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, and Center Medical Director of MD Anderson’s West Houston, Katy, and Memorial City locations. 

Professional Associations

Dr. Patel is a member of the American Association of Physician Leadership (AAPL), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Society of Hematology (ASH), and Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO).

Hobbies and Interests

Dr. Patel enjoys reading, exercise, and spending time with family.

Fun Facts

The most interesting place Dr. Patel has visited is Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where patients often traveled for hours by bus to receive oncology care. Dr. Patel enjoyed an enlightening experience there training local oncologists and preparing them to go back to their home cities to provide much-needed care so that patients wouldn’t have to travel so far.
 
Not many people know this about Dr. Patel, but he grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, so he’s a big fan of Cleveland sports teams, especially the Browns and Cavaliers.
 
Dr. Patel’s guilty pleasure is watching game shows. Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and The Price is Right are his favorites!

Medicine is both an art and a science. I became an oncologist because it requires skill and expertise in both. We can't cure cancer without a deep knowledge of science, but building a human connection is equally important. I'm honored that patients entrust me with their care during what can be a difficult time. My goal is to deliver, with the help of my team and colleagues, the highest quality cancer care to my patients while also providing information and support to their family and caregivers.

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Awards & Recognitions

  • National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Research Training Award, 1997

  • Phi Beta Kappa - Magna Cum Laude, Northwestern University, 1997

  • John A. Hartford/American Foundation for Aging Research Scholar in Geriatric Medicine, 1999

  • Paul A. Guthrie Prize, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 1999

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2001

  • Outstanding Medical Student Award, Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio, 2001

  • Leo H. Criep Senior Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2002

  • MD Anderson President's Recognition for Faculty Excellence, Network Development, 2017

Publications

Peer-reviewed, original research articles:

  • Bungert J, Tanimoto K, Patel S, Liu Q, Fear M, Engel JD. Hypersensitive site 2 specifies a unique function within the human beta-globin locus control region to stimulate globin gene transcription. Mol Cell Biol 19(4):3062-72, 4/1999. PMCID: PMC84100.

  • Hoover S, Bloom E, Patel S. Review of Breast Conservation Therapy - Then and Now. ISRN Oncology 2011: 617593, http://www.hindawi.com/journals/isrn/2011/617593/, 2011, 2011. PMCID: PMCPMC3200284.

  • Yennurajalingam S, Tannir NM, Williams JL, Lu Z, Hess KR, Frisbee-Hume S, House HL, Lim ZD, Lim KH, Lopez G, Reddy A, Azhar A, Wong A, Patel SM, Kuban DA, Kaseb AO, Cohen L, Bruera E. A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Panax Ginseng for Cancer-Related Fatigue in Patients with Advanced Cancer. J Natl Compr Canc Netw 15(9):1111-1120, 9/2017. PMID: 28874596.

  • Bloom BC, Augustyn A, Sepesi B, Patel S, Shah SJ, Komaki RU, Schild SE, Chun SG. Prophylactic Cranial Irradiation Following Surgical Resection of Early-Stage Small-Cell Lung Cancer: A Review of the Literature. Frontiers in Oncology 7(228), 9/2017. PMCID: PMCPMC5626817.

  • Vera-Aguilera J, Bedikian AY, Bassett RL, Hwu WJ, Kim KB, Qin Y, Cain S, Washington EW, Davies MA, Patel SM, Homsi J, Papadopoulos NE, Hwu P, Patel SP. Phase I/II Study of Hepatic Arterial Infusion of Nab-paclitaxel in Patients with Metastatic Melanoma to the Liver. Am J Clin Oncol. e-Pub 3/2018. PMID: 29509591.