Vishal Patel, M.D.

Vishal Patel, M.D.

  • Yin Quan-Yuen Distinguished Professorship in Nephrology
  • Internal Medicine - Nephrology


Vishal Patel, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of its Division of Nephrology. He specializes in polycystic kidney disease (PKD).

Originally from India, Dr. Patel received his medical degree from Pramukhswami Medical School in Gujarat. He then completed residency training in internal medicine at Northwestern University Medical School in Evanston, Illinois, and advanced training in nephrology through a fellowship program at UT Southwestern, where he also completed a fellowship in research.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in nephrology, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2009 as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018.

Dr. Patel serves on the editorial board of Scientific Reports, and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of other peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Cell Metabolism, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. In 2021, he served as guest editor of the Frontiers in Physiology special issue on non-coding RNAs, and in 2022 he served as guest editor of the Scientific Reports special collection on RNA therapeutics.

He is also an active member of the American Society of Nephrology.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - Pramukhswami Medical School, India (1994-2000)
  • Research Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2005-2008), Research
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2004-2006), Nephrology
  • Residency - McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University (2002-2004), Internal Medicine
  • Internship - Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center (2001-2002), Internal Medicine
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Society of Nephrology
Honors & Awards
  • Chief Fellow, UT Southwestern Medical Center-Nephrology fellowship 2006
  • SSCI Young Investigator Travel award 2007
  • UT Southwestern O’Brien Center-Pilot and Feasibility Grant 2009
  • NIDDK-Career Development Award 2009
  • Rising star in Nephrology - State of Texas 2012, Super Doctors
Books & Publications
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • MicroRNAs
  • Kidney Development and Homeostasis