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Distinguished Alumnus / Keynote Speaker: Janak Patel, MD
Dr. Janak Patel joined the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1989. He is currently a tenured professor and director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases in the Department of Pediatrics. He has also served as the interim director for the divisions of pediatric allergy and immunology, and gastroenterology. Other leadership roles have included Director of Pediatric Multispecialty Clinics, and Vice Chair of the Institutional Review Board. He has also served on numerous, institutional, local and national committees. He was appointed Director of Infection Control & Healthcare Epidemiology in January 2017, serving a network of 6 hospitals and affiliated clinics. He also currently serves as Medical Director for Novus Therapeutics.
Dr. Patel has participated extensively in patient care, teaching, research and administration. Dr. Patel has been the principal investigator or co-investigator in more than 50 clinical and bench research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, pharmaceutical corporations and other agencies. Dr. Patel has authored more than 100 articles which have been published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. His main research interest has been in upper respiratory viruses and otitis media in children. His clinical interest is in the field of Maternal-Child HIV.
Dr. Patel earned his medical degree at the School of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1981. He finished a pediatric residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He completed his fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, State University of New York at Buffalo.