Amit Nilkanth Patel


Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Salt Lake City, UT

Born in Dallas, Texas to Indian immigrant parents, Amit Nilkanth Patel is a surgeon and medical professor with major accomplishments in the stem cell field. His education began in Ohio at Youngstown State University, where he earned his bachelors of science in Biological Sciences and a master’s degree in Immunophysiology. He attended Case Western Reserve University for medical school and then moved back to Texas to complete his internship and residency in surgery at Baylor University Medical Center. Finally, his fellowship brought him to the east coast—the University of Pittsburgh. Here he specialized in cardiothoracic surgery, and found his research interests in stem cells.

Patel now teaches and performs surgery at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He is also the director of Clinical Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering. His clinical interests include heart surgery for coronary disease, valve repair, valve replacement, heart failure, aortic surgery, and stent graphs. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery. His research in autologous stem cell therapy spans from the effects of stem cell transplantation in treating heart failure, to fixing inadequate blood flow to the legs, to skin regeneration in burn victims. He also does oncological research including cancer stem cell identification and destruction, as well as novel agents to attack lung cancer.

In 2013, Patel performed the first retrograde gene therapy of its kind, a procedure that delivers stem cells to the heart to repair damaged muscle and arteries in a way that is incredibly minimally invasive, through a vein in the leg. Patel’s performance of the surgery on November 7th, 2013 was the first successful procedure. With regards to his surgery Patel said, “This is one of the great moments in biological therapy for the heart. We are providing options for patients who have no possible solutions. This is one of the safest and most reproducible therapies out there for these very sick patients.”



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