Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Ashvin Patel specializes in spine surgery. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine, where he received the Reader’s Digest Fellowship and the Tufts University School of Medicine Prize in Family Medicine. Following his internship in general surgery and residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, Dr. Patel completed a one-year fellowship in spinal surgery at the Lakewood Orthopaedic Clinic in Colorado. Dr. Patel was recognized for his achievement in medicine and the community at his 25th medical school reunion, where he received the 2013 Tufts Medical Alumni Association Dean’s Award. He was also recognized by Sarasota Magazine and Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors in 2012, 2013, and 2014 for regional expertise in spinal surgery. Dr. Patel has served as Chief of Surgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital; chief spine consultant at the Spinal Cord Injury Center at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Sarasota; and spine consultant for Children’s Medical Clinic of Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He has also served as a spine consultant for Sarasota Therapy Center and Bollettieri Sports Medicine Center. An active member of the Quality Improvement Committee at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Dr. Patel has also been a member of the Sarasota County Medical Society Committee on Medical Education. He enjoys teaching and serves as a clinical assistant professor for the Department of Clinical Sciences at Florida State University School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Patel teaches third and fourth-year FSU medical students at the Sarasota campus, and he frequently mentors high school and college students interested in a career in the health sciences. Dr. Patel has lectured frequently on various disorders of the spine. He enjoys attending national meetings on spinal disorders and learning the latest techniques of spinal surgery. Dr. Patel’s areas of expertise include disorders of the cervical spine, total disc replacement, and minimally invasive spinal surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, and AO North America. Dr. Patel was accepted as an active member of the highly prestigious Cervical Spine Research Society. He has published in several orthopaedic journals and textbooks, including Evaluation and Treatment of Fractures of the Spine in Hoppenfeld, S. (Editor): Treatment and Rehabilitation of Fractures: Lippincott-Raven. Philadelphia, PA, 2000; and the chapter on The Spine in O’Neil, K and Peterson, R (Editors), Optimal Aging Manual: Your Guide from Experts in Medicine, Law, and Finance. Asia Pacific Offset, New York, NY, 2004. In his free time, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and playing sports. He was an avid B level squash player who now plays tennis in the Florida USTA 4.0 Leagues. Dr. Patel also swims regularly and enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing in Summit County, Colorado.