Patels Receive 2018 NSU President's Award for Excellence in Community Service

Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel first met while studying medicine in Ahmedabad, India. After completing their studies and practicing medicine in Zambia for five years, the Patels moved to New York and earned their advanced specializations from Columbia University—he in cardiology, and she in pediatrics. In 1982, the couple relocated to Tampa with their three young children. Patients affectionately referred to them as Dr. K and Dr. P. Dr. K. went on to cofound a company that became the largest Medicaid provider in the state of Florida. Sought for his expertise in managed care, he also turned a fledgling HMO into a billion-dollar company, providing services to more than 450,000 members. In 2003, Dr. K sold the majority of his interest in that endeavor.

Dr. K. currently serves as the chairman of Visionary Medical Systems and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He also is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and American Association of Physicians from South East Asia. Dr. P. continues to practice medicine and operates five pediatric offices with the couple’s two daughters. Their son is a businessman.

The Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel Family Foundation focuses on bettering the world through health, education, and culture. The impact of their extraordinary generosity is evident across the globe, particularly in Florida, India, and Africa. While actively initiating projects, the Drs. Patel also respond in times of need. When a major earthquake devastated villages throughout Gujarat, India, killing thousands, collapsing buildings and homes, and leaving masses of crippled people and orphaned children, Dr. K took action. He united the Tampa Bay community and the American Association of hysicians of Indian Origin (which he was a member of) and led an effort that rehabilitated villagers’ homes, constructed an orphanage and model school, and created four modern hospitals. More recently, the Patels helped NSU to deliver emergency supplies to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. This occurred soon after the public announcement of the Patel’s $50-million gift and $150-million real estate and facility investment to the university.

We proudly honor Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel with the President’s Award for Excellence in Community Service.