Miss Patel qualified in 1989 as a Doctor and was awarded the MB, ChB degree. She commenced training in general surgery becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. She then trained extensively in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in London’s top teaching hospitals on the pan-Thames Rotation. This training concluded in the final Plastic Surgery Examination FRCS (Plast) and a Certificate of Completion of Higher Surgical Training (CCST).
Miss Patel carried out specialisation in Microsurgical training at the world renowned Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan where she was trained in Specialist Microsurgical Procedures of the Head, Neck and Breast Reconstructions with Professors Fu Chan Wei and Hung Chi Chen.
Miss Patel further trained with Professor Ian Jackson in the USA acquiring knowledge of head-neck and aesthetic plastic surgery.
Research interests began as a scientist studying neuro-physiological pathways governing neurotransmission and its modulation using medication. This research was undertaken at both the Charing Cross & Westminster Hospital London and National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, USA and resulted in the award of a PhD in the Faculty of Medicine.
Current research interests are directed towards the role of the gastrointestinal tract in microsurgical reconstruction of vital organs including autologous voice reconstruction using free jejunal transfer, as well as tracheal and vaginal reconstruction. This project is in collaboration with Profs Hung-Chi Chen and Lin-Mih Tsai at E-Da Hospital/I-Shou University Hospital, Taiwan.
On 7 July 2005 Miss Patel was involved in the care of many of the critically injured patients as the result of 4 suicide bombings on London Transport Systems. Over the past 5 years Miss Patel has extensively researched the mechanism of blast injuries, analysing the patters of injury in order to mitigate against such future attacks. This has resulted in several publications in peer reviewed journals and a book.
Miss Patel teaches at Barts and The London NHS Trust and has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences as well as being a frequent contributor to a number of Medical Journals and has recently written a chapter in Microsurgical Reconstruction of the Head & Neck edited by Professor Neligan and Professor Fu Chan Wei.
Miss Patel holds the post of Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospitals. Her special interests include breast reconstructive surgery following breast cancer and is able to offer a wide range of reconstructive procedures including free tissue transfer such as DIEP Flap or the LD Flap with an implant. Her supra specialisation is in Head & Neck Cancer Reconstruction and in this field she offers correction of gross facial deformity following cancer removal using free tissue transfer. Miss Patel reconstructs oesophageal defects (gullet removal) after cancer using free jejunal flaps taken from the abdoman, this work is done within a multidisciplinary team of surgeons and associated teams.
Miss Patel holds the post of Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London where she carries out regular teaching commitments to medical students and future doctors.