Vivek Patel, MD, FACS


Cardiothoracic surgery


ETMC First Physicians


Clinical instructor, advanced adult cardiac surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA
Residency, cardiothoracic surgery, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, NY
Residency, general surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Research fellow, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Veterans Affairs, PA
Internship, general surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, PA
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, India

Board Certifications:

Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Board-certified general surgeon, American Board of Surgery
Board-certified thoracic surgeon, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Awards & Associations:

American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
American College of Chest Physicians
American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
Society of Thoracic Surgeons


Vivek Patel, MD, is a firm believer in treating patients with dignity. “Our primary responsibilities are to protect the patient, be their advocate, be their partner in helping them cope with health issues and provide care that will promote the quality of life.”
As a board-certified general and cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Patel uses his experience in minimally invasive procedures and advanced cardiac surgery to help improve his patients’ quality of life. “Advances in technology have allowed us to use new devices to perform traditional procedures less invasively and with better outcomes in a lot of respects because patients have less pain, have shorter recovery times and return to work and activities more rapidly.”
In keeping with his goal, Dr. Patel uses his training and talents to provide excellent medical care while keeping the individual’s best interest in mind. “I think the most important thing for a physician to have is an understanding of humanism in our daily treatment of patients.”