Dhavalkumar Patel, based in Basel, Switzerland, is Head of Research Europe and Global Head, Autoimmunity, Transplantation and Inflammation (ATI) Disease Area at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR).
Born in India, Dr Patel emigrated to the United States at age seven and obtained a BS in Zoology at Duke University in 1982. Through the Medical Scientist Training Program he earned a PhD from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology as well as a MD from the Duke University School of Medicine in 1989. Dr Patel performed residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship training in Rheumatology as well as Allergy and Immunology at Duke University Medical Center. He joined the Medicine faculty at Duke where he was Assistant Professor (1994), Associate Professor (1999) and Chief of Allergy and Immunology (2001). In 2003, Dr Patel joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina (UNC) as Professor of Medicine, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology and Director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center. He was recognized in 2006 for his contributions by being named the Joseph P Archie, Jr. Eminent Professor of Medicine.
Since 2006, Dr Patel has joined NIBR in Basel, and has held the positions of Head, Fully Integrated Program in Rheumatoid Arthritis; Head, Autoimmunity and Transplantation Research Basel; Global Head, Autoimmunity, Transplantation and Inflammation Disease Area; Head, NIBR Basel; and Head Research Europe.
Dr Patel has a strong background and broad experience in basic and clinical rheumatology, allergy and immunology, having performed scientific work in the areas of cell adhesion/migration and immune reconstitution after bone marrow transplantation. Besides his academic appointments, he is a member of many national and international professional and scientific committees and review boards. Dr Patel has been on five Editorial Boards of journals that focus on research in basic and clinical immunology. He is an author/co-author of more than 100 scientific publications and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and of the American College of Rheumatology.