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ABOUT HER SELECTED PHOTO: An evolving body of science and literature has shown the intimate link between health and happiness. Not only is happiness a goal in and of itself, but it appears that happy people more likely to live longer, have less disease and be more resilient. The beach is my “happy place” where I can relax, feel the wind on my face, sand beneath my toes and watch my children run around unencumbered by the stresses of adult life. My wish is for everyone to have a “happy place.” We would all be much healthier, happier and better to one another for it.Click here to view all of her photos.

Dr. Premal Patel is a board-certified Physician and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. She also serves as the Associate Director of the Global Health Education Program at UTMB and is co-coordinator of the Global Health Inter-Professional Core Course. She earned an M.D. degree from UTMB and completed her Residency and Internship from the Warren Alpert School of Brown University. She has received accreditation though the American Academy of HIV Medicine as an HIV Specialist. She also holds a master’s degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.

Dr. Patel’s special interests include HIV/AIDS in the developing and developed world, Preventive Care for HIV-Infected Patients, Patient Centered Medical Home and global health. Prior to joining UTMB, Dr. Patel served as an internist in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Gaborone, Botswana through the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative and Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Patel attends on the General Medicine wards, cares for patients in the HIV clinic and is actively involved in the global health education program. Dr. Patel serves as the Medical Director of the Texas Excellence in Academic Medicine (TEAM) clinic which is an innovative service delivery model that serves as a patient and education centered medical home. She is actively involved in curricular innovations in primary care and global health. She aims to improve the health and lives of the community locally and around the world by leveraging the tremendous potential of students to make a meaningful impact.

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