Dr Patel qualified from the University of Southampton in 1984. He has worked in a variety of hospitals in England and in New Zealand. Following training in general internal medicine he specialised in rheumatology. Dr Patel was a consultant in general medicine and rheumatology from 1996 to 2017 at Epsom & St Helier Hospitals.
He then moved to King's College Hospital in London where he does 5 rheumatology clinics per week and on-call for acute rheumatology. He has particular interest in metabolic bone diseases such as osteoporosis, inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout), vasculitis and connective diseases.