Monica Patel is one of the outstanding women in this generation. She serves in the Houston community as a quadruple board-certified cardiologist. Her service in taking care of the heart is rooted in the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. There are several factors of heart disease, such as, age, sex, race or ethnicity, and family history. Aside from several ways to prevent heart disease, Dr. Monica Patel helps the patients avoid this condition.
Her intensive experience in the field started after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry in the year 1999 at Houston Baptist University as an Endowed Academic Scholar. After that she proceeded to the medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 2003 and completed her Internal Medicine residency and Cardiology Fellowship at the McGovern Medical school, formerly known as The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical school. Dr. Monica Patel is also board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography, and Nuclear Cardiology. Aside from these certifications and accomplishments, she interacts and treats her patients as a cardiologist at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. She knew that serving her patients needed expertise; in 2010, she pursued academic medicine at the McGovern Medical school. Dr. Monica Patel is also the co-program director of the cardiology fellowship, a training process for future cardiologists.
Within those span of years strengthening her knowledge, skill, and expertise, Dr. Monica Patel continues to focus on the prevention of cardiovascular disease as she utilized advanced cardiovascular imaging, which includes echocardiography, vascular imaging, nuclear imaging, and cardiac PET scans.
As a first generation Indian American and native Houstonian, who is very involved in local and national philanthropic organizations and events, she consistently delivers excellence. She is proud to share that she has intensive knowledge and expertise on cardiac PET scans, which is the best nuclear stress test in preventing cardiovascular disease. A heart positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test which uses a radioactive substance called a tracer. The use of this radioactive substance is to locate diseases or poor blood flow in the heart. As proof, Dr. Monica Patel joined the PET center as a co-investigator of the Century Health Study in 2012. She explained that this study “aimed at preventing or reversing coronary heart disease by intense combined pharmacologic and lifestyle treatment.”
This prolific Hindu doctor born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, also volunteered in several medical mission trips like in Guatemala. There, she provided primary care for underserved communities.
Moreover, her passion for serving the community and its people gave her the recognition she deserved. She has received her third Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award and was featured on the Texas MD cover, “Heart of Houston” in November 2015. Dr. Monica Patel says that she will remain committed to lifelong learning and strives to use her platform to promote health and well-being for all.
Everything that this outstanding doctor has achieved is her firm belief in women’s empowerment and the importance of taking care of the body, especially the heart.
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