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Vishal Patel, MBBS, is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of the Division of Nephrology.

Originally from India, Dr. Patel obtained his medical degree from P S Medical College in India and completed internal medicine residency training at Northwestern University in Chicago. He then completed advanced training through a clinical nephrology fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Following his clinical training, he studied kidney genetics and primary cilia biology as an NIH-funded Physician-Scientist trainee at UT Southwestern.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in nephrology, Dr. Patel joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2008 as an Assistant Instructor. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2009 and then Assistant Professor tenure-accruing in 2010. He became an Associate Professor with Tenure in 2018.

Dr. Patel's research interests include polycystic kidney disease, RNA therapeutics, and RNA metabolism. He has two patents for PKD treatment. He has also given lectures regionally, nationally, and internationally on PKD. He has published several research articles, reviews, and editorials on his findings.

Dr. Patel is a member of the American Society of Nephrology.


Medical School
Pramukhswami Medical School, India (2000)
Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center (2002), Internal Medicine
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University (2004), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2006), Nephrology
Research Fellowship
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2008), Research

Research Interest

  • Kidney Development and Homeostasis
  • microRNAs, ncRNAs
  • mRNA translation regulation
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • RNA metabolism
  • RNA therapeutics


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Anti-microRNA screen uncovers miR-17 family within miR-17~92 cluster as the primary driver of kidney cyst growth.
Yheskel M, Lakhia R, Cobo-Stark P, Flaten A, Patel V Sci Rep 2019 Feb 9 1 1920
Planar cell polarity genes Celsr1 and Vangl2 are necessary for kidney growth, differentiation, and rostrocaudal patterning.
Brzóska HL, d'Esposito AM, Kolatsi-Joannou M, Patel V, Igarashi P, Lei Y, Finnell RH, Lythgoe MF, Woolf AS, Papakrivopoulou E, Long DA Kidney Int. 2016 Dec 90 6 1274-1284

Honors & Awards

  • PKD Foundation Grant
    PKD Foundation (2014)
  • Rising Star in Nephrology - State of Texas
    Super Doctors (2012)
  • Career Development Award
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (2009)
  • O'Brien Center Pilot and Feasibility Grant
    UT Southwestern (2009)
  • Young Investigator Travel Award
    Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (2007)
  • Chief Fellow, UT Southwestern Medical Center-Nephrology fellowship
  • Chief Nephrology Fellow
    UT Southwestern (2005-2008)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Nephrology (2005)