Neha Patel, M.D.

Neha Patel, M.D.

  • Internal Medicine - Digestive and Liver Diseases
  • Gastroenterology
  • Motility


Neha V. Patel, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of its Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases (Gastroenterology).

A general gastroenterologist, Dr. Patel has a special interest in women’s gastrointestinal health – particularly pelvic floor dysfunction, functional bowel disorders, colon cancer prevention, nutrition and weight loss, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both internal medicine and gastroenterology, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2014. 

Dr. Patel earned her medical degree with honors from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She completed an internal medicine residency – with a focus on women’s health – at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center, as well as a fellowship in gastroenterology and liver diseases at UT Southwestern.

She is a member of professional organizations that include the American College of Physicians, American Gastroenterology Association, American College of Gastroenterology, and American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Dr. Patel’s interests outside of medicine include traveling, cooking, reading, and exercise.

Meet Dr. Patel

Gastroenterologist in Dallas

For the many people who suffer from them, discussing gastrointestinal (GI) problems and seeking help can be difficult. Neha Patel, M.D., strives to put her patients at ease.

“The mind-body connection affects our health and quality of life in nearly all scenarios,” she says. “Every patient is a person – not just a body – and it’s very important to me that my patients feel comfortable and know that they can speak freely about their concerns and that I will listen to them.”

A general gastroenterologist – a physician who specializes in digestive and liver conditions – at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Patel expertly evaluates and treats men and women with a wide variety of gastrointestinal disorders.

These include constipation, fecal incontinence, and other functional bowel disorders; pelvic floor dysfunction that impacts the GI system, including pelvic floor dyssynergia; inflammatory bowel disease; abdominal pain; GI bleeding; and irritable bowel syndrome.

Dr. Patel also sees patients who suffer from conditions that include Crohn's disease, colitis, celiac disease, and gastroduodenal diseases such as ulcers.

She has special expertise in women’s gastrointestinal health, as well, and treats the GI conditions that women can develop as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.

Dr. Patel offers a number of minimally invasive diagnostic/advanced endoscopy procedures, including motility testing, upper and lower endoscopy, and small-bowel capsule endoscopy. She also performs colonoscopies as part of colon cancer screening.

She emphasizes comprehensive, patient-centered care in her practice.

“UT Southwestern’s GI program offers a truly collaborative approach to patient care, which is unique,” Dr. Patel says. “Our team-based approach means we work with specialists that can include colorectal surgeons, gynecologists, urogynecologists, physical therapists, and nutritionists.”

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2011-2014), Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases
  • Residency - Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center (2008-2011), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (2004-2008)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Physicians (2007), Member
  • American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (2008), Member
  • American Gastroenterology Association (2010), Member
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (2011), Member
  • American College of Gastroenterology (2012), Member
  • American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (2014), Member
Honors & Awards
  • Phi Beta Kappa 2004, University of Miami
  • Identifying predictors of physician non-adherence to guideline recommendations after colonoscopy.

Clinical Focus

  • Gastroenterology
  • Motility
  • Gastroduodenal Diseases

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Q&A by Dr. Patel