Dr. Patel

Vijay S. Patel

Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine


Phone: 706-721-3226 Appointments: 706-721-2426 Fax: 706-721-7508

Vijay S. Patel received his medical degree and completed a general surgery residency at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in Houston, Texas and a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.

He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Cardiothoracic Surgery Network, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, and the American Heart Association. As Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Patel oversees clinical and research activities related to cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery and cardiovascular anesthesia.

Educational Background:

  • University of Texas Health Sciences Center (M.D. 1991)
  • University of Texas Health Sciences Center Houston, TX, General Surgery Residency (1991-1998)
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Transplant Duke University Medical Center, Fellowship (2000-2001)
  • Clinical Transplant, Research Fellow, Texas Heart Institute/St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital (1993-1995)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY (1998-2000)
  • Cardiopulmonary Transplant and Devices Fellowship, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina (2000 - 2001)
  • Robotic surgery/Minimally invasive Fellow, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina (January - July 2002)
  • Advanced Thoracoscopic Techniques:  VATS Lobectomy and Sympathectomy, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA  (October 2007)
  • Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery Mini-Fellowship, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California (August, 2010)
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracoscopic Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation, Tulane University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana (September, 2010)
  • “Complete Revascularization Today.  Improved Function Tomorrow”, Improving Perfusion and Outcomes with CO2 TMR and TMR + Cell Therapy. Credentialing & training platform, Las Vegas, Nevada (February, 2011)
  • Transmyocardial Revascularization (TMR) using a Holmium: YAG Laser System, Atlanta, Georgia (September, 2012)
  • Intuitive da Vinci System Training: Console Surgeon, Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, Tampa, Florida (August, 2013)

Clinical Interest:

  • Adult Cardiac Surgery
  • Atrial Fibrillation Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Cardiopulmonary Transplantation
  • Cardiac Assist Devices
  • General Thoracic Surgery