Atulkumar Patel, MD
Southeastern Regional Medical Center
"I always put myself in my patients’ shoes so I can better understand their concerns and their needs."
- Atulkumar Patel
- B.J. Medical College at Pune University, Pune, India
Internship / Residency
- Internal Medicine – Sassoon General Hospital, Pune, India
- Pathology – AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
- Internal Medicine – Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy, New Jersey
- Internal Medicine – American Board of Internal Medicine
- Medical Oncology – American Board of Internal Medicine
- Medical Oncology – Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York
Practicing Since: 1988
Dr. Atulkumar Patel has worked as a medical oncologist since 1988, caring for patients at hospitals in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Illinois.
Dr. Patel joined Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Newnan, Georgia, in July 2013. While he treats patients with all cancer types, Dr. Patel is particularly interested in gastrointestinal tract cancers.
As a physician, Dr. Patel’s philosophy is to listen to patients and see things from their perspective: “I’m more of a listener to patients and their caregivers. I want to know what they’re going through and how they’re dealing with the side effects of treatment. I always put myself in my patients’ shoes so I can better understand their concerns and their needs.”
Dr. Patel grew up in Tanzania, East Africa, and went to India for higher education. In 1974, he received his Bachelor in Chemistry with Honors from Pune University, one of the top universities in India.
Dr. Patel earned his medical degree from B.J. Medical College (Pune University) in 1980. He began his internship at Sassoon General Hospital, which is affiliated with B.J. Medical College, during his final year of medical school. Dr. Patel continued his internship at the hospital after graduation, focusing on internal medicine before leaving India in 1981.
Continuing his education in the United States, Dr. Patel began a one-year residency in pathology at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (formerly Atlantic City Medical Center) in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Between 1982 and 1985, Dr. Patel was a resident in internal medicine at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. The hospital is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers University’s medical school.
In 1987, Dr. Patel completed a fellowship in medical oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. He then began his more than 20-year career as a medical oncologist. Dr. Patel is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology through the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Patel has been published twice: “Transient cerebral dysfunction following intravenous high dose methotrexate” appeared in the American Association of Clinical Research in 1987 and “Primary lymphoma of the urinary bladder: A case report and review of literature” appeared in the American Society of Clinical Oncology in 1992.
Dr. Patel is a member of the American College of Clinical Oncology, American Association of Physicians from India, Medical Association of Georgia and Whitfield-Murray County Medical Society in Georgia. He was president of the medical society in 2002.
In addition to his clinical experience, Dr. Patel has served on various hospital committees as chairman and he was the director of two hospice centers. He also has served as a chief of medicine.
When he’s not practicing medicine, Dr. Patel reads medical journals while exercising on the treadmill, plays golf, tennis and table tennis, and sings karaoke with family and friends. Dr. Patel and his wife, who is a psychiatrist, like to travel internationally. The couple has a daughter who is a psychologist, a son who’s a gastroenterologist and his wife is also working to become a gastroenterologist.