Kepal N. Patel, MD

  • Specialties: Endocrine Surgery, Head & Neck Surgery
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-263-7710
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About Me

My pursuit of medicine evolved naturally from my love of the sciences and my desire to be around people and help them. Simply put, being a doctor is the only thing I ever wanted to do. I chose to specialize in surgery because it has a direct and immediate impact on peoples’ lives. I was drawn to endocrine and head and neck cancer surgery due to the complexity and challenges associated with these conditions.

Most frequently, I perform surgery to manage conditions of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. At Perlmutter Cancer Center, we’ve built a streamlined diagnosis and treatment process. In a single day, we can complete the necessary imaging studies, sonograms, and biopsies, and schedule a surgery date, if needed. This means that patients will learn at their initial appointments whether their tumors are benign or malignant and if they need surgery. Having access to a one-stop shop provides our patients with the support of an entire team at a single location.

When I joined NYU Langone, I initiated interdisciplinary meetings among oncologists, surgeons, endocrinologists, radiologists, and pathologists to discuss treatment options for patients who have complex thyroid tumors. Using our varied expertise and perspectives, we can develop an appropriate multidisciplinary plan of care that maximally benefits our patients.

I understand that every person who comes to see me has different needs, wants, and expectations. A widespread belief is that if someone has thyroid cancer, his or her thyroid must be removed. Our doctors believe in managing each tumor differently, which can involve removing only a portion of the thyroid or not operating at all.

My research interests involve studying Hashimoto’s disease and its link to developing thyroid cancer. I am the co-chair of the surgical affairs committee for the American Thyroid Association, secretary of the New York Head and Neck Society, and research chair of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.


Conditions and Treatments

neck mass, thyroid surgery, excision of parathyroid, neck surgery, neck exploration, parathyroid surgery, parathyroid disease, parotid disease, squamous cell cancer, head and neck tumors, thyroid nodule, thyroid disease, thyroid cancer, hyperthyroidism, adenocarcinoma, hyperparathyroidism, salivary gland tumor
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Credentials

Positions
  • Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
  • Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
  • Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Director, Division of Endocrine Surgery
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery - Surgery, 2003
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Head & Neck, 2004
  • Residency, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Surgery (General), 2002
  • MD from Univ. Medicine & Dentistry NJ, 1996

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NYU Endocrine Surgery Associates

530 1st Avenue, Suite 6H
New York, NY 10016

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212-263-7710

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Research My Research

Interests

thyroid carcinoma

Research Summary

Our laboratory has been interested in studying the molecular pathogenesis of thyroid carcinoma, specifically trying to identify molecular factors which can help predict thyroid tumor progression and potentially serve as therapeutic targets.

The optimal management of thyroid cancer is dependent on the assessment of the malignant potential of the individual tumor at presentation. Understanding the genetic mechanisms controlling thyroid tumor progression can provide valuable prognostic markers and potential therapeutic targets. Our research focuses on the changes in intracellular molecular pathways that lead to the progression of thyroid cancer. When these pathways are understood, specific drugs can be developed to block these changes. By comparing genomic differences between different thyroid cancers, our laboratory has identified genes that may play a role in determining their behavior. Furthermore, we have identified molecular factors that potentially promote thyroid cancer metastases. We are developing new strategies to target the genes associated with aggressive thyroid cancer behavior. By understanding the biology of individual tumors, we will be able to create personalized cancer treatment plans for our patients. I have joint appointments in Surgery and Biochemistry, and have been recruited to lead the endocrine surgery research program.

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Academic office

530 First Avenue

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New York, NY 10016

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Research Interests Timeline

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