Toral Patel, M.D.

UT Southwestern Medical Center, Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute



Toral Patel, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s nationally ranked Department of Neurological Surgery, where she specializes in brain tumor surgery.

Dr. Patel received her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and earned her medical degree at UT Southwestern Medical School. She completed an internship in general surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital, followed by a residency in neurological surgery, serving as Chief Resident. She then received advanced training in neurosurgical oncology through a fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center before returning to UT Southwestern as a faculty member in 2014.

Dr. Patel’s research has garnered numerous awards, including the William F. Collins Resident Research Award, a Seed Grant from the American Medical Association, the UT Southwestern Medical Student Summer Research Award, the Louis E. Goodman Award, and the Johns Hopkins University Department of Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Research Award. She currently holds a patent titled “Highly penetrative nanocarriers for treatment of CNS disease” for her research into how nanoparticles can be used to carry drugs directly to the site of brain tumors.

Dr. Patel is a member of the Society for Neuro-Oncology, the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

She was included in D Magazine‘s Best Doctors list for 2018.

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