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Vivek Patel, MD, FACS

5.0 out of 5 
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Physician Group: 
UT Health East Texas Physicians
Practices At: 

UT Health Tyler

1000 S. Beckham Ave.
Tyler, TX 75701

Board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon, Vivek Patel, MD, FACS, is a firm believer in treating patients with dignity. "Our primary responsibilities are to protect the patient, be their advocate, be their partner in helping them cope with health issues and provide care that will promote their quality of life."

Dr. Patel is experienced in a variety of minimally invasive procedures including aortic and mitral valve surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), robotic thoracic surgery, esophageal and foregut surgery and off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting. 

Board Certifications: 

American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Board Certification

American Board of Surgery, Board Certification


Aortic Surgery Fellowship: The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency: Strong Memorial Hospital, The University of Rochester, New York

General Surgery Residency: Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, Pa.

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery: Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, India

American College of Surgeons, Fellow

Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Member 

Featured Reviews



Explained my condition to my understanding. Very nice, professional & personable. Once I understood my condition I opted for surgery. Dr. Patel set up another procedure needed before surgery then got me in by the end of the week. Everything went well. Am recovering beautifully. Very happy now that my stomach is back where it belongs!

   — Cindy


Dr. Patel and his nurse Janice were very helpful in answering my questions about the heart surgery process. Dr.Patel performed state of the art aortic heart surgery on me. I didn't have the typical large scar down the middle of my chest. The scar is very small. Excellent service and bedside manner from both....pre, surgery, and post. I felt very at ease. Thanks to both of you. A great team.

   — Mary Shaddox


Dr. Patel was very cordial and I felt at ease from the minute I met him. He did a surgery that one of the best surgeons in TYLER would not do. I believe Dr. Patel is five star.

   — Pat Ivy


Dr. Patel is very nice and explains everything so you understand. He takes time to answer your questions. He did a wonderful job on my heart. His nurse and staff are all nice and polite. They answer your calls as soon as they can. No waiting time most times.

   — Toni Steele


Dr. Patel took the time to address my concerns about my heart surgery. He helped me feel more comfortable about the procedure and my recovery. Very attentive! Great staff!

   — MD


Excellent Surgeon-Very patient friendly-caring attitude-explains options and recommended procedure

   — Richard A. McLeon