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Viraj V. Patel, M.D.

Dr. Viraj V. Patel

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine)


Professional Interests

Viraj Patel, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, is a clinician-investigator in the Division of General Internal Medicine and on faculty in the Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine residency program. His research centers around innovative community engaged approaches to HIV prevention with gay, bi, and other same gender loving men and transgender communities in both the U.S. and in India. His current work focuses on developing technology based behavioral interventions (e.g. social media and mobile apps) to reach and engage these "hidden" communities as well as leveraging online social networks for promoting behavior change.  Dr. Patel directs the resident scholarly projects in the primary care/social internal medicine program and teaches medical students in the care of LGBT populations.

Dr. Patel is active in community based settings and serves in an advisory capacity for an India based nonproft that works to promote the health and human rights of LGBT communities there as well as serves on various civic committees related to improving the health of LGBT communities in New York City. 

Dr. Patel received his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina and completed his residency training at Montefiore in the Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine program. He then completed a clinical and public health research fellowship in the Department of Social Medicine and obtained a Master’s in Public Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine focusing on community-based participatory research.


Selected Publications


VV Patel, D Sutton, M Masiyukova, K Horvath. (2015). Social media access, use, and HIV risk behaviors in young gay men and transgender women of color in New York City. (under review).

A. Karasz, S. Raghavan, V.V. Patel. (2015) ASHA: Using Participatory Methods to Develop an Asset-building Mental Health Intervention for Bangladeshi Immigrant Women. Progress in community health partnerships: research, education, and action. (in-press).

Karasz, A., Patel, V., Ranasinghe, S., Chaudhuri, K., & McKee, D. (2014). Preventing caries in young children of immigrant Bangladeshi families in New York: perspectives of mothers and paediatricians. Community dental health,31(2), 80-84. PMID: 25055604

Karasz, A., Patel, V., Kabita, M., & Shimu, P. (2013). " Tension" in South Asian Women: Developing a Measure of Common Mental Disorder Using Participatory Methods. Progress in community health partnerships: research, education, and action7(4), 429-441.

Patel, V. V., Mayer, K. H., & Makadon, H. J. (2012). Men who have sex with men in India: A diverse population in need of medical attention. The Indian Journal of Medical Research136(4), 563.

Patel, V. V., Rajpathak, S., & Karasz, A. (2012). Bangladeshi immigrants in New York City: A community based health needs assessment of a hard to reach population. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health14(5), 767-773.

Conference Presentations

VV Patel, S Narang, E Machicote, J Izes, S Rivera, A Mugler, A Berrios, R Beil. (2015) “Kiki with your Doctor?!?” Developing a Novel Social-Media Based Linkage-to-Care Intervention for Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) and Transgender (TG) Individuals in New York City. HIV Treatment and Adherence Prevention, 10th International Conference, Miami, USA.

Mercon M., Felsen U.R., Patel V.V. Low rates of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (NPEP) in a large urban health care system: Implications for implementing prep and NPEP. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2015. 30 SUPPL. 2 (S63)

VV Patel, V Eddy, SA Golub, O. Blackstock. (2014) Content analysis of Twitter ‘dialogue’ on pre-exposure prophylaxis: implications for diffusion interventions. HIV Treatment and Adherence Prevention, 9th International Conference, Miami, USA.

VV Patel, S Easterbrook, KJ Smith, SA Golub. (2014) High acceptability but low uptake of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among high-risk MSM using mobile dating applications in New York City. 2014. HIV Treatment and Adherence Prevention, 9th International Conference, Miami, USA.

VV Patel, S Easterbrook, KJ Smith, SA Golub. (2014) Motivators and Concerns for Adopting Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in Men Who Have Sex with Men Using Mobile Dating ‘Apps’ in New York City.  HIV Treatment and Adherence Prevention, 9th International Conference, Miami, USA.

Swedish K.A.Bachhuber M.A.Patel V.V. (2014) Differences in access to health care among lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations in New York City. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 29 SUPPL. 1 (S71)


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