School of Diplomacy and International Relations

Board of Advisors: Dr. Tushar Patel

Dr. Tushar Ch. Patel is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon, who specializes in all spinal surgeon. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington DC. Then Dr. Patel went to pursue his fellowship in Spinal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. He served as Chief, Section of Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopedics, Yale University School of Medicine from 1994 to 2000, and then in Northern Virginia until 2017. Today. Dr. Patel focuses on conditions of the service spine (neck) with a particular interest in mainly invasive surgery and disc replacement. 
As the son of a diplomat, Dr. Patel had the opportunity to travel the world while growing up. Today, he enjoys caring for his patients and getting to know them as individuals. He was drawn to spinal surgery because of his fascination with the ever-changing technologies and treatments. Furthermore, because it allows him to restore performance and function to peoples' lives. 
Dr. Patel's research interests include tissue engineering, bone growth factors, and innovative techniques in spinal surgery. He holds six patents for spinal implants that make spinal surgery saver and improve patient outcomes. His research, academic, and clinical experience allow him to create an individual care plan that allows patients to return as rapidly as possible to a healthy lifestyle. His research efforts have resulted in multiple peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Patel is internationally renowned as a researcher in the field.  
Dr. Patel is currently a member of the North American Spine Society, the Cervical Spine research Society and a founding member of the Lumbar Spine Research Society. He has held many leadership and committee positions in these societies. He has been recognized as a "Top Doctor" six times by the Washingtonian magazine.