Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

Penn State College of Medicine


Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Rhinology & Cranial Base Surgery), Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (Complex Pediatric Otolaryngology)

Board Certifications





A proud Northern California native, Dr. Patel attended the University of California, Los Angeles for his undergraduate degree in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics with Honors Collegium. He went on to successfully complete medical school at Penn State College of Medicine and continued his professional education by performing his surgical training in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. After residency, he completed a one-year fellowship in Rhinology and Cranial Base Surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center followed by a one-year fellowship in Complex Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He is currently on staff at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego as the only dual-fellowship trained rhinologist and pediatric otolaryngologist on the West Coast.

In addition to caring for all children with pediatric ear, nose, and throat disorders and conditions as a pediatric otolaryngologist, Dr. Patel's specific clinical and research interests include skull base surgery, cystic fibrosis, primary ciliary dyskinesia, congenital nasal anomalies, rhinosinusitis, sinonasal disorders, nasal airway obstruction, lymphovascular anomalies, surgical outcomes, cost analysis, and quality improvement metrics in surgery. He has over 70+ peer-reviewed publications and 50+ regional/national presentations in otolaryngology and is active across several professional expert networks worldwide.

Outside of providing care for children at work as a medical professional, his hobbies and interests include traveling, hiking, running, weight training, basketball, football, soccer, and cinema.


Immunomodulators for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers: Updated Perspectives.
Russomanno K, Abdel Azim S, Patel VA

Dual Option Microtia Clinic: A Comparison of Outcomes in Microtia Reconstruction Using Autologous Rib or Porous Polyethylene Implant.
Kulich M, Patel VA, Rezvan PH, Osterbauer B, Kochhar A, Gomez G

Risk factors of sepsis and prevalence of multidrug-resistant organisms in pediatric cardiac surgery in tertiary care teaching rural hospital in India: A retrospective observational study.
Bhende VV, Pathan SR, Sharma TS, Kumar A, Majmudar HP, Patel VA

The Transcaruncular Corridor of the Medial Transorbital Approach to the Frontal Lobe: Technical Nuances and Applications.
Polster SP, Beale O, Patel VA, Abou-Al-Shaar H, Stefko ST, Gardner PA

Systematic Review of Laryngeal Fractures and Trends in Operative Management.
Moroco AE, Patel VA, Saadi RA, Gniady JP, Lighthall JG

Postoperative Outcomes in Pediatric Septoplasty.
Benyo S, Moroco AE, Saadi RA, Patel VA, King TS, Wilson MN

Cleft Rhinoplasty: Does Timing and Utilization of Cartilage Grafts Affect Perioperative Outcomes?
Kalmar CL, Carlson AR, Patel VA, Zapatero ZD, Kosyk MS, Bartlett SP, Swanson JW, Taylor JA

Pediatric Invasive Fungal Rhinosinusitis: A Comprehensive Analysis of Prognostic Factors for Survival.
Patel VA, LePhong CD, Osterbauer B, Gomez G, Don DM, Ference EH, Hochstim CJ, Koempel JA

Headache Diagnosis in Children and Adolescents.
Patel VA, Liaw J, Saadi RA, Isildak H, Kalmar CL, Polster SP

Head and neck cancer survivorship consensus statement from the American Head and Neck Society.
Goyal N, Day A, Epstein J, Goodman J, Graboyes E, Jalisi S, Kiess AP, Ku JA, Miller MC, Panwar A, Patel VA, Sacco A, Sandulache V, Williams AM, Deschler D, Farwell DG, Nathan CA, Fakhry C, Agrawal N

Submandibular Gland Excision in Pediatric Patients.
Kalmar CL, Patel VA, Zapatero ZD, Kosyk MS, Taylor JA, Swanson JW

Color Change of Intranasal Fluorescein Cannot Detect Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks.
Pool CD, Patel VA, Hwang G, Barr J, Goyal N

Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma: National practice patterns and resource utilization via HCUP KID.
Pool C, Gates CJ, Patel VA, Carr MM

Contemporary management of keratosis obturans: a systematic review.
Harounian JA, Patel VA, Isildak H

Pediatric Orthognathic Surgery: National Analysis of Perioperative Complications.
Kalmar CL, Carlson AR, Patel VA, Zapatero ZD, Kosyk MS, Taylor JA, Swanson JW

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