With roots in the small central Florida town of Fruitland Park, Chirag J. Patel, MD, FACS, developed a passion for people and the community at an early age. Chirag, a first-generation Indian-American, learned life’s most important lessons from his parents, who operated a local business in the small town. Day in and day out, Chirag admired his father’s ability to connect with his customers, neighbors, and community; his father still values those relationships to this day. The ability to help people and develop long-lasting relationships was a strong impetus for Chirag’s pursuit of medicine.
Dr. Patel has always had a thirst for knowledge and excelled academically. Upon graduating as Valedictorian of Leesburg High School, Chirag continued his journey at the University of Florida. During his undergraduate tenure, Chirag maintained leadership positions in many organizations, received many awards, such as the Anderson Scholar for academic excellence, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Sciences with a concentration in Biochemistry. At the University of Florida, College of Medicine, Chirag then spent four rigorous years studying the human body and the art of healing.