Tarak Patel, MD

Tarak Patel, MD

Biography

Dr. Tarak Patel is the first in his family to become a doctor. His journey started when he was attending the University of Texas at Austin where he received a degree in biology. While in Austin, he participated in volunteer organizations, many of which focused on children. He attended medical school at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Lubbock, TX, for his first two years and completed his clinical years in El Paso. Being close to the border, he improved his Spanish-speaking skills and solidified his interest in pediatric lung diseases, in particular, asthma. With a strong interest in children’s health, he went to the University of Texas at Houston to complete his training in general pediatrics. While there he realized his passion for traveling and volunteer work. Prior to attending his pediatric pulmonary fellowship, he spend a good part of a year traveling the world visiting sites and volunteering in various places in India. 

He completed his fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine in which he received additional training in sleep medicine. It was during his fellowship that he met his wife, who was training in internal medicine/pediatrics.

Dr. Patel took a position as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics/Baylor College of Medicine, where he worked closely with the fellows, residents, and medical students at Texas Children’s Hospital. After his wife completed her training, Dr. Patel and his wife sold their possessions and backpacked around the world for 11 months. During that time, he increased his knowledge of Spanish and volunteered in various medical clinics. 

Dr. Patel moved to San Antonio in 2005 and started his own practice, which has since grown to our current multi-specialty organization. He is board certified in pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine. He takes pride in treating each patient as if they were his own children. He is an advocate for children’s health and has participated in various educational lectures consisting of asthma, sleep apnea, cystic fibrosis, premature lung disease, and mechanical- dependent children.

Additional Professional Activities

  • Voted one of US News Top Doctors, San Antonio, TX, 2012-2014
  • Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership Pediatric Advisory Panel, 2011
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas San Antonio Regional Board of Trustees, 2010–Present
  • Volunteered at various non-governmental organizations related to child health., 2005
  • Curamericas. Served as asthma specialist on a mission trip to Bolivia. Trained local physicians and health care workers on asthma education and therapy guidelines., 2003

Lectures

  • Multiple yearly lectures supporting awareness to physicians and local interest groups in topics related to asthma and sleep disorders in infants and children

Research

  • Tarak Patel, Richard Castriotta, Hyperactivity in Children with Asynchronous Breathing and Adenotonsillar Hypertrophy, Abstract submission for the Associated Professional Sleep Societies Meeting. Philadelphia 2004

Publications

  • Bougatef, A, Smith, Kelly, Palmer, John, Gray, Rodney, Martinez, Guadalupe, Patel, Tarak, Safety and Efficacy of Intrapulmonary Percussive Ventilation in Children with Chronic Respiratory Illnesses Treated at Home. Poster presentation at the American Association of Respiratory Care Conference 2016
  • Tarak J.Patel, Amir M. Khan, Connie L.Chiappetta, Okan Elidemir, Hasen Xue, M. Morandi, A. Holian, Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, Functional and Immune Response to Particulate Matter in Developing Mice, Poster Presentation at the American Thoracic Society, Seattle, WA 2003
  • Tarak Patel, Richard Castriotta Hyperactivity in Children with Asynchronous Breathing and Adenotonsillar HypertrophyAbstract submission for the Associated Professional Sleep Societies Meeting, Philadelphia 2004
  • Deborah R. Liptzin, Tarak Patel, and Robin R. Deterding, “Chronic Ventilation in Infants with Surfactant Protein C Mutations: An Alternative to Lung Transplantation”, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 191, No. 11 (2015), pp. 1338-1340

Office Locations

  • San Antonio
  • New Braunfels

Other Languages

  • Conversational Spanish and Gujarati

Special Interests

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Cough
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Chronic Lung Disease
  • Infant Sleep Apnea
  • Exercise induced Asthma
  • Interstitial lung diseases
  • Technology dependent children
  • Sleep disorders in children

Specialty Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Pulmonology, Sleep Medicine, Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Academy of Physicians of Indian Origin
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American Thoracic Society
  • Bexar County Medical Society
  • San Antonio Pediatric Society
  • Texas Indian Physicians Society
  • Texas Medical Association

Directorships & Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, 2014-present
  • Medical Director Pediatric Specialty Clinic, Methodist Children’s Hospital
  • Medical Director Academy Diagnostics Sleep/EEG Center
  • Principal Investigators and Sub-Principal Investigator with Road Runner Research
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Baylor College of Medicine, San Antonio, TX
  • Medical Director for the Pediatric Specialty Clinic
  • Methodist Children Children’s Hospital
  • Former Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

College

  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Biology

Medical School

  • Texas Tech University, School of Medicine, M.D.

Residency

  • Pediatrics, University of Texas at Houston

Fellowship

  • Pediatric Pulmonology, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine