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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, Instructor 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 men and other men who have sex with 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.  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 on the board of directors for a South Asian nonprofit in New York City that promotes social justice and empowerment for new immigrants and serves in an advisory capacity for an India based nonproft that works to promote the health and human rights of LGBT communities there.

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 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

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 Health, 1-7.


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