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Nirupa Patel, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Section of Rheumatology

1542 Tulane Avenue
Box T4M-2
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 568-2362
Fax: (504) 568-2127


M.D. -- 1975
Seth G. S. Medical College, University of Bombay
Bombay, India


After earning her medical doctorate, Dr. Patel completed an internship at King Edward Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of the Seth G. S. Medical College of the University of Bombay. She took her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky followed by a fellowship in Rheumatology at the St. Louis University School of Medicine. After sixteen years of academic and clinical experience in the field of Rheumatology, she joined the faculty of LSU School of Medicine in July, 2008 as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine’s Section of Rheumatology.

Dr. Patel holds licenses in the states of Louisiana and Kentucky, and she is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She is also a member of the American College of Rheumatology. In her spare time, Dr. Patel enjoys art, photography, community service, poetry, and creative writing.

Selected Publications

Patel, NJ. Familial Mediterranean fever presenting as anti-CCP antibody negative palindromic rheumatism. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. Accepted for publication.

Patel NJ, Patel N, Espinoza LR. HIV Infection and Rheumatic Diseases: The Changing Spectrum of Classical Enigma. Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America. 35(1):139-161, 2009.

Malin JK, Patel NJ. Arthropathy and HIV infection: A Muddle of Mimicry. Postgraduate Medicine. 93(8):143-150, 1993.