Miss Patel qualified in 1989 as a doctor and was awarded a MB, ChB degree. She commenced training in General Surgery becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. This was followed by extensive training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in London’s top teaching hospitals on the pan-Thames Rotation. This training concluded in the final Plastic Surgery Examination FRCS (Plast) and a Certificate of Completion of Higher Surgical Training (CCST).
Miss Patel also carried out specialised training in microsurgery at the world renowned Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan where she trained in Microsurgical Reconstruction of the Head, Neck and Breast with distinguished Professors Fu Chan Wei and Hung Chi Chen.
She trained further with Professor Ian Jackson in the USA acquiring knowledge of head and neck reconsturction and aesthetic plastic surgery.
Miss Patel’s research interests began as a scientist studying neuro-physiological pathways governing neurotransmission and its modulation using medication. This research was undertaken at both the Charing Cross & Westminster Hospital London and National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, USA and resulted in the award of a PhD in the Faculty of Medicine.
Her current research interests are directed towards the role of the gastrointestinal tract in microsurgical reconstruction of vital organs including autologous voice box reconstruction using free jejunal transfer, as well as tracheal reconstruction. This Project is in collaboration with Professors Hung-Chi Chen and Lin-Mih Tsai at E-Da Hospital/I-Shou University Hospital, Taiwan.
On 7 July 2005 Miss Patel was involved in the care of many of the critically injured patients as the result of four terrorist bombings on the London Transport System. Since then she has researched the mechanism of blast injuries, extensively analysing the patterns of injury in order to mitigate against such future attacks. This has resulted in several publications in peer reviewed journals and a book.
Miss Patel teaches at St Bartholomews and The Royal London NHS Trust and has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences as well as being a frequent contributor to a number of Medical Journals and has recently written a chapter in Microsurgical Reconstruction of the Head & Neck edited by Professor Neligan and Professor Fu Chan Wei.
Miss Patel holds the post of Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospitals. Her special interests include breast reconstructive surgery following breast cancer and is able to offer a wide range of reconstructive procedures including free tissue transfer such as DIEP Flap or the LD Flap with an implant. Her supra specialisation is in Head & Neck Cancer Reconstruction and in this field, she offers correction of gross facial deformity following cancer removal using free tissue transfer. Miss Patel reconstructs oesophageal defects (gullet removal) after cancer using free jejunal flaps taken from the abdomen; this work is done within a multidisciplinary team of surgeons and associated teams.
Miss Patel holds the post of Visiting Professor at the Department of Plastic Surgery, E-DA Hospital/I-Shou University in Taiwan.
She is also a Lecturer at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London where she carries out regular teaching commitments to medical students and future doctors.
UK Professional Body Memberships
- General Medical Council (GMC) registration No 3338678 (Plastic Surgery Specialist Register)
- British Medical Association (BMA)
- Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh FRCS (Ed)
- Fellow Royal College of Surgeons (Plastic Surgery)
- Member of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)
- Medical Defence Union (MDU)
Following the earthquake in Kashmir in October 2005 Miss Patel and her colleague Miss Swee Ang Chai, an Orthopaedic Surgeon, went to help the victims of the disaster in December of 2005: