Nick Patel, M.D., Midlands Internal Medicine medical director, received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for 2015. The Microsoft MVP Award is an annual award that recognizes exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with users and Microsoft.
With fewer than 4,000 awardees worldwide, Patel joins an exceptional group of individuals from around the world who have demonstrated a willingness to reach out, share their technical expertise with others and help individuals maximize their use of technology. He is only the second physician to be named a Microsoft MVP.
“Dr. Patel is driven by a relentless desire to discover novel methods of care delivery to improve the care his patients receive. He is an innovator and a great physician,” said Tripp Jennings, M.D., Palmetto Health systems vice president of Medical Informatics.
“MVPs share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others,” wrote Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of Developer Experience and Evangelism for Microsoft Corporation. “MVPs are technology’s best and brightest, and we are honored to welcome Nick as one of them.”
MVPs have the opportunity to meet Microsoft executives, network with peers and position themselves as technical community leaders through speaking engagements, one on one customer event participation and technical content development.
Patel received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and completed his residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Fla. and Palmetto Health Richland. He is medical director of Midlands Internal Medicine and head of ambulatory informatics. He also serves as chief medical officer and head of research and development of IndeedMD, a health care startup company based in New York. He is married to Swati Patel, and they have two children, Riyan and Ariya.