Professor Hitendra RH Patel


Professor Patel is a distinguished scholar and visionary in the field of surgery and science

Born in 1968 in London, he embarked on a remarkable journey of academic and professional achievements that have made a significant impact within his field and beyond.

In 1986, Professor Patel began his academic pursuits by enrolling in the University of Dundee Medical school, where he pursued a Bachelor’s degree in cell biology and histochemistry as well as a Medical Degree. During his undergraduate years, he displayed exceptional dedication and an insatiable thirst for knowledge, earning him numerous accolades and recognition from his professors and peers. After completing his Bachelor’s degree with honours (between the University of Amsterdam and Dundee), and his medical degree by 1992, Professor Patel decided to further his education and pursue a PhD degree in Molecular Biology, Carcinogenesis and Stem cells at the Institute of Cancer Research, London and the CRUK Biomedical Research Centre, University of Dundee, funded by the Medical Research Council.

His research and contributions during this period laid the foundation for his future career as a trailblazer in the field. In 1997, Professor Patel successfully defended his doctoral thesis earning him a PhD. His ground-breaking research garnered widespread attention and acclaim from the academic community, establishing him as a thought leader in the field. Following the completion of his doctorate, Professor Patel joined the faculty at University College London (UCL) as an Associate Professor and Deputy Director for Minimally Invasive Surgery, where he dedicated himself to teaching, mentoring, and conducting ground-breaking research. His career quickly took him to a variety of institutions where he eventually reached the esteemed position of Full Professor.

Throughout his career, Professor Patel’s research has focused on lab to bedside work and surgical innovation with patient safety. His innovative studies have shed light on previously unexplored aspects of the fields, revolutionizing our understanding. His research findings have been published in prestigious academic journals, and he has been invited to present his work at numerous national and international conferences. In addition to his scholarly contributions, Professor Patel has also made significant contributions to the academic community through his involvement in various professional organizations. He has served as the Editor-in-chief of the World Journal of Oncology, and Chairman of the Enhanced Recovery in Surgery international group, where he championed initiatives to promote collaboration and knowledge exchange among researchers in the field.

A major achievement by the Professor has been to pioneer the development and adoption of new technologies in surgery, from keyhole surgery to robotic surgery and beyond. He is a recognised early adopter of exciting technologies of augmented reality and AI. He has been closely involved with the development and production of two of the world’s most most popular surgical robotic systems. His published books and other works associated with this area are popular.

Outside of academia, Professor Patel is known for his philanthropic efforts, supporting causes related to social upliftment and education. His commitment to making a positive impact on society has earned him accolades and recognition from both academic and non-profit organizations. Looking towards the future, Professor Patel continues to be a driving force in his field. His passion for research, commitment to mentorship, and dedication to pushing the boundaries of knowledge serve as an inspiration to aspiring scholars and future generations.

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