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Nayan Patel MD, MBA

Dr Nayan Patel is the newest addition to the Santa Barbara Pulmonary Associates team, joining the practice in 2023. A Toronto, Ontario native, Dr Patel is a fierce Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Bills fan. As a teenager he relocated to upstate New York to complete his post-secondary education as part of an 8-year combined undergraduate, business, and medical degree program at Union College and Albany Medical College. He graduated magna cum laude from Union College, majoring in economics and chemistry. For his MBA in healthcare management, his focus was the delivery of high-quality cost-effective medical care. He graduated with honors from Albany Medical College, having been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society his senior year.

While on the interview trail Dr Patel fell in love with Southern California. He spent seven years at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he completed his Internal Medicine residency. There he was selected as the community clinic “Resident of the Year” and was presented the Ben Newman award, honoring a physician who has demonstrated humanism, compassion, and empathy. He was subsequently appointed Chief Resident and acted as junior faculty for the program.
He began his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Cedars-Sinai in the midst of the COVID pandemic. This accelerated his training in the care of critically ill patients with respiratory failure as well as managing the long-term sequelae of lung disease. During his fellowship he met his future wife Dr Natalie Achamallah, also a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician practicing in Santa Barbara.
Dr Patel is especially interested in pulmonary vascular disease, including pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary embolism. While at Cedars-Sinai he pursued specialized training in these conditions at the Smidt Heart Institute. He also spent dedicated time working in the Interventional Pulmonology department, learning advanced bronchoscopic procedures. He brings this specialized training to Santa Barbara, including navigational robotic bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound.
Throughout his career Dr Patel has deeply enjoyed and shown a commitment to teaching his peers, trainees, and patients. He brings this love to his clinical practice, enabling him to engage i
n shared decision-making and patient-oriented care.
Dr Patel is delighted to join Drs Wright and Belkin in their service to the Santa Barbara community.  When he is not at work he enjoys exploring the outdoors; biking, swimming, and hiking.

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Education & Training

  • M.D. at the Albany Medical College in Albany, NY

  • Internship and Medical Residency in Internal Medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center

  • Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center


Certifications & Licensure

  • Board certification in Internal Medicine – Medical Board of California 2019

  • Physician and Surgeon License – Medical Board of California 2018

  • Practitioner Registration – Drug Enforcement Agency 2018

  • Leadership in Healthcare Innovation Certificate – Cedars Sinai Medical Center 2018

Publications & Presentations

  • Yao, C., Bora, S. A., Parimon, T., Zaman, T., Friedman, O. A., Palatinus, J. A., Surapaneni, N. S., Matusov, Y. P., Cerro Chiang, G., Kassar, A. G., Patel, N., Green, C., Aziz, A. W., Suri, H., Suda, J.,
    Lopez, A. A., Martins, G. A., Stripp, B. R., Gharib, S. A., Goodridge, H. S., … Chen, P.
    (2021). Cell-Type-Specific Immune Dysregulation in Severely Ill COVID-19 Patients. Cell
    reports, 34(1), 108590.


Professional Memberships

  • American College of Chest Physicians

  • American Thoracic Society

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine

  • American College of Physicians

  • Society of General Internal Medicine

  • American Medical Association

  • Alpha Omega Alpha honor society

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