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Dr. Monica Patel on Protecting the Health of the Heart

The healthcare industry is filled with heroes whose selfless service to humanity has brought smiles to faces and renewed hope to souls. These individuals spend most of their lives studying the complexities of human anatomy and physiology to learn how to best provide a holistic approach to affordable but wholesome health care. One of such magnanimous individuals is Dr. Monica Patel, a quadruple board-certified cardiologist who embodies selflessness as she has spent her entire career in service to mankind and the Houston community.

Dr. Monica Patel graduated in 1999 as an academic scholar with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Houston Baptist University. After her first degree, Monica took another step towards her career and enrolled in medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. After medical school, she completed her internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at the McGovern Medical school, previously known as the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Currently, Dr. Monica Patel is board-certified in Internal medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography, and Nuclear Cardiology, and has pursued academic medicine at the McGovern Medical school since 2010.

As a first-generation Indian American and native Houstonian, Dr. Monica dedicates her skills and knowledge to her patients as she interacts with them daily in her role as a cardiologist and friend at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. She is also a philanthropist and is heavily involved in both local and national charity organizations and events, and has volunteered for medical mission trips to Guatemala to provide modern medical utilities to growing communities.

Dr. Monica is an associate professor and the co-program director of the cardiology fellowship at the McGovern medical school since 2010 where she pursued academic medicine. A teacher at heart, Dr. Monica has invested her knowledge, skills, and time in training future cardiologists. She is focused on providing basic healthcare to developing communities by using advanced cardiovascular imaging, including echocardiography, vascular imaging, nuclear imaging, and cardiac PET scans in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

 In 2012, Dr. Monica partnered with the PET center as a co-analyst  of the CENTURY Health

Study. The study is aimed at the prevention or possible reversal of coronary heart disease by using intense and combined pharmacologic and lifestyle changing treatment. Her public-spirited service is recognized, and she has been the recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award three times and was acknowledged on the Texas MD cover “Heart of Houston” in November 2015.

In December 2019, Dr. Monica was invited to Taiwan to present her first international lecture on cardiac PET scans on the “Role of coronary reserve and PET imaging in revascularization decision-making.” Her commitment to lifelong learning and caring for her patients remains unshakable as she continues to use her ever-growing platform to promote overall health and well-being for everyone.

To learn more about Dr. Monica Patel and her altruistic services as a cardiologist, you may visit her Instagram profile.

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