Dr. Vipul Patel currently serves as the Medical Director of the Urologic Oncology Program for the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute. He holds an appointment at the University of Central Florida School of Medicine as Professor of Urology. He also has honorary titles as Professor at the Russian Academy of Sciences, at the University of Milan and the University of Korea School Of Medicine. Dr. Patel attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, and did both his residency and fellowship training at the University of Miami. Prior to moving to Florida, he was Director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Patel specializes in the field of urologic oncology and has performed over 7,000 robotic radical prostatectomies. In addition to his clinical duties, he has basic science collaborations with the Sanford-Burnham Institute and the University of Central Florida studying mRNA and its relation to prostate cancer. He recently received a $4.2 million grant from the United States Department of Defense for research in telesurgery and simulation. Yearly, Dr Patel trains hundreds of surgeons how to safely adopt minimally invasive surgery into their surgical practices. He leads the resident course for the SESAUA whereby residents from the SES are able to get a free two-day hands-on course in robotic surgery.
Dr. Patel is best known for his work in the field of robotic surgery, which he has now practiced for over a decade. He is the founder of the Society of Robotic Surgery, a multi-specialty organization responsible for education and training. He is also Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Robotic Surgery and has authored the first textbook on robotics in urology.
Dr. Patel’s passion for helping men with prostate cancer and his ability in philanthropy has led him to create the International Prostate Cancer Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the eradication of prostate cancer. Currently, he is pioneering a campaign for education on PSA screening in men.
Academically, Dr. Patel serves as a mentor to medical students, residents and fellows. He has authored 4 textbooks and has contributed his knowledge to many others. He has 95 peer-reviewed publications. He has lectured internationally as an invited speaker at over 100 meetings.
In his decade in practice, his goal has remained singular: to help men in their battle against prostate cancer and the physicians that will need to take care of them.