Nirupa Patel, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Section of Rheumatology

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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, Van Dyke KW, Espinoza LR. Limb-Girdle muscular dystrophy 2B and Myoshi presentations in dysferlinopathy. Am J Med Sci 2017; 353: 484-491. PubMED: 28502335

Patel N, Patel N, Khan T, Patel NJ, Espinoza LR.  “HIV infection and clinical spectrum of associated vasculitides.”  Curr Rheum Reports.  2011; 13: 506-512.

Khan TA, Cuchacovich R, Espinoza LR, Lata S, Patel NJ, Garcia-Valladares I, Salassi MM, Sanders CV.  “Vasculopathy, hematological and immune abnormalities associated with Levamisole-contaminated cocaine use.”  Seminars in A&R.  2011; 41(3): 445-454.

Patel NJ, Karia VR, Gedalia A, Espinoza LR.  “Familial Mediterranean fever presenting as anti-CCP antibody negative palindromic rheumatism.” J Clin Rheum.  2010; 16(6): 290-292.

Patel NJ, Espinoza LR.  “HIV infection and rheumatic diseases – The Changing spectrum of clinical enigma.”  Rheum Dis Clin N Amer.  2009; 35: 139-161.

Malin JK, Patel NJ.  “Arthropathy and HIV infection: A muddle of mimicry.”  Postgraduate Medicine.  1993; 93(8): 143-150.

Osborn TG, Patel NJ, Moore TL, Zuckner JR.  “Antinuclear antibody staining only centrioles in a patient with scleroderma.”  NEJM.  1982; 307: 253-254.

Patel NJ, Moore TL, Weiss TD, Zuckner JR.  “Kingella Kingae infectious arthritis: Case report and review of literature of Kingella and Morexella infections.”  Arthritis and Rheum.  1983; 26(4): 557-559.

Patel NJ, Osborn TG, Moore TL, Zuckner JR.  “Antinuclear antibodies in juvenile arthritis using the Hep-2 cell substrate.”  Arthritis Rhem.  1984; 27(11): 1286-1289.

Hyperuricemia, Its prevalence and correlation with Metabolic Syndrome on Anti- Retroviral Naïve HIV Cohort: Review of the literature, accepted in journal of Infectious Diseases and Immunological techniques.

Rheumatology Image Bank:

  • Dysferlinopathy: Case accepted in IMAGE BANK: ACR 2010.

Poster presentations:

  • Hyperuricemia, Its prevalence and correlation with age, Gender, BMI, co- morbidities and Metabolic syndrome in Anti- retroviral Naïve HIV cohort: accepted for poster presentation at 2011 ACR Scientific annual meeting in Chicago
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Professional memberships


  • Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network (SPARTAN)
  • American College of Rheumatology Fellow Member
  • Louisiana Rheumatism Society
  • American College of Physicians