Dr. Patel has completed her Bachelor in Pharmacy from Pune University, India. She then went on to pursue her MS in Pharmacy Administration from Ohio State University located in Ohio, US followed by her PhD in Social and Administration Sciences from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. She is currently an assistant professor of pharmacy practice, administration and research at Marshall University located in West Virginia, USA. She has taught and currently teaches/co-teaches several courses in the PharmD curriculum, including Pharmacy Management 1 (Leadership), Curbing Medication Abuse, Bridging health research outcomes and patient care and Capstone.
Dr. Patel has published 60 articles. Her research focuses on global health and epidemiology, especially on underserved and low-income population in India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Africa and US. She has conducted several retrospective studies looking at racial health disparities in healthcare utilization for acute and chronic diseases, patient satisfaction and healthcare services. She has also conducted KAP studies covering antibiotic resistance, pharmacovigilance, use of complementary and alternate medicines, medication errors, pharmacist satisfaction and pharmacy workload. She has authored several editorials on drug safety and community pharmacy. Her recent research focuses on substance abuse management in underserved communities. In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Patel is an active member of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.