Raj B. Patel Joins UAMS as Fellowship-Trained Kidney, Liver Transplant Surgeon

By ChaseYavondaC

Patel sees patients at the UAMS Health Kidney Transplant Clinic and Liver Transplant Clinic in the Outpatient Center on the main UAMS campus in Little Rock.

Patel is also an assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Surgery. UAMS Health is the only center in Arkansas that offers adult liver and kidney transplants.

Patel obtained a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Baylor University and a medical degree from the Louisiana State University-Shreveport School of Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a fellowship in abdominal transplants at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

The UAMS Health Multi-Disciplinary Organ Transplant Team is growing. Advances in medicine mean that more people are eligible for transplants, which remain the best treatment for advanced liver and kidney disease. More people are serving as living donors, which saves lives and causes no long-term health disadvantages for the donor.

“If you haven’t qualified for a transplant in the past, it’s time to ask again,” said Lyle Burdine, M.D., director of the UAMS Health transplant program. “More people than ever before can successfully undergo these procedures.”

In the last two years, UAMS Health has added transplant clinics in Fayetteville and Midtown Little Rock.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as a Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide for the third year; and named five areas as high performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS as seventh in the nation on its Best Employers for Diversity list. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% nationwide on Forbes’ Best Employers for Women list and was the only Arkansas employer included. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.