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Professional Profile: Sunil J. Patel, M.D.

Sunil J. Patel, M.D., is currently Professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical University of South Carolina and President and CEO of the Institute for Applied Neurosciences. Dr. Patel has been in academic neurosurgery practice for more than 20 years and has been a member of the MUSC faculty since 1993. He was appointed Vice Chair of Neurosurgery in 2001, Interim Chair in 2003, and Chair in 2004. The Departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology & Physiology and Basic Science merged in 2004 to form the Department of Neurosciences. 

Dr. Patel is a member of numerous societies, including the American Medical Association, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the North American Skull Base Society, the Society of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He has received a variety of honors, including the Pfizer Humanist award.

Dr. Patel is an active researcher, collaborating with basic science investigators on apoptotic mechanisms in gliomas. He has served as a principal investigator for a number of research projects, including developing and trialing improved drug delivery methods for malignant gliomas and elucidating the mechanisms of neurogenic hypertension in humans.  He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in leading journals such as the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, the Journal of Neurosurgery, Surgical Neurology, Neurosurgery, and the Journal of Trauma, to name a few. He has presented at institutions worldwide as well as at national and international conferences. He also maintains an active role in teaching residents and students.

Dr. Patel studied physics as an undergraduate at Clemson University before earning his M.D. from MUSC. He then completed his residency in neurological surgery at MUSC in 1991. He went on to complete a fellowship in neurovascular surgery in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Nagoya University School of Medicine and fellowships in cranial base surgery and microvascular surgery in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.