Dr Patel trained in medicine at Middlesex Hospital, London and then undertook cardiology training at The Royal Free, Hillingdon, Royal Brompton, and Harefield Hospitals. He was appointed as an NHS consultant in 1999 to Barnet, Chase Farm and The Royal Free hospitals. He has been the Head of Cardiology at Barnet and Chase Farm since 2007.
Dr Patel has trained in all aspects of cardiology but has specialised in the last 14 years in coronary angiography, intervention and stenting, with an interest in complex coronary intervention using Rotablation and intravascular ultrasound. He has undertaken considerable research in the diagnosis and risk stratification of coronary artery disease and acute coronary syndromes including acute myocardial infarction. He has latterly also developed an expertise in underaking coronary angiography and stenting via the arm using the radial artery.