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American University of Antigua College of Medicine, Caribbean

BS, Microbiology
The University of Texas at Austin


Residency, Internal Medicine
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Residency, Quality and Patient Safety
Baylor College of Medicine and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical

Fellowship, Rheumatology
University of Chicago Hospitals


Veena Patel, M.D., is a board-certified rheumatologist and assistant professor in Dell Medical School’s Department of Internal Medicine. She has outpatient clinical sites at UT Health Austin and CommUnityCare Health Centers and sees inpatient rheumatology consults at Dell Seton Medical Center. She teaches medical students and residents in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. She serves at the institute director of the medical specialties clinic at UT Health Austin and participates in multiple operational improvement activities within the clinic.

As institute director, Patel is responsible for the operational and clinical leadership of the Medical Specialties Clinic at UT Health Austin. Patel works closely with UT Health Austin leadership by participating in leadership meetings and contributing to the operational initiatives. She collaborates with administration and nursing leadership to ensure clinics run smoothly and continually work on ways to improve and expand the clinic.

Patel earned her medical degree from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine, located in Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean, and was valedictorian of her graduating class. She earned her bachelor’s in microbiology from The University of Texas at Austin. She completed a residency in internal medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and a chief residency in quality and patient safety at Baylor College of Medicine and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Chicago. Patel’s clinical and research interests revolve around quality improvement, health equity and high-value care. She is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, the State of Texas Association of Rheumatologists and the Texas Medical Association.