Chirag J. Patel, MD, FACS

Founder

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.

During this time, the doctor-to-be decided to pursue residency training in Ophthalmology, a highly selective specialty in which only 480 physicians are chosen nationally each year.  Upon graduation with an M.D. degree from the University of Florida, Chirag moved to New York City to begin post-graduate residency training.  He spent his first year at Richmond University Medical Center completing an internship in Internal Medicine.  During this year, Dr. Patel gained valuable experience treating patients in the inpatient and critical care setting with all types of medical conditions such as Diabetes, Hypertension, and Heart Disease.

Dr. Patel then spent the next three years at the prestigious Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan receiving top-notch training in Ophthalmology.  During his residency, Chirag had the privilege of learning under some of the leaders in the field.  During his final year of residency, Chirag served as Chief Resident and received an Ophthalmology Recognition Award from the New York Academy of Medicine.  Dr. Patel then decided to purse an additional year of Fellowship training in Medical Retina and Research at the University of Florida – Jacksonville.  Back in his home state, Chirag gained expertise in the treatment and diagnosis of retinal diseases, participated in nationally recognized clinical trials, such as DRCR.net and AREDS, published in peer-reviewed journals, and actively taught residents clinical and surgical concepts in Ophthalmology.

Dr. Patel remained at the University of Florida-Jacksonville thereafter as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Comprehensive Ophthalmology.  Dr. Patel, has since founded Lake Nona Ophthalmology to provide a patient-first practice based on compassion, community, and cutting-edge care.

Dr. Patel is married to his college sweetheart, Krishma, and has two beautiful children.  He enjoys friends, family, photography, running, and sports, especially the Gators.

“Dr. Patel and the staff at Lake Nona Ophthalmology are professional, knowledgeable and efficient. I love that I don’t have to waste time in the waiting room! Appointments start when they are supposed to and the staff works quickly to complete every phase of your care. I feel very confident that I’m getting the best possible preventative care at Dr. Patel’s office.”
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