Faculty Profile

Bhakti Patel
Section of Pulmonary / Critical Care
Assistant Professor of Medicine
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Academic Interests

Dr. Patel’s research focuses on identifying patient care interventions that prevent long-term complications in mechanically ventilated patients to truly alter the legacy of survivorship. Her overall hypothesis is that many ICU complications are perpetuated by current standard care practices and that choosing mobility over immobility, mental animation over sedation, and spontaneous versus controlled respiration will improve outcomes. Her research career is built on this “less is more” approach to inform investigational trials and in parallel apply translational science to understand the biological mechanisms behind these interventions to broaden their applications to all patients. This approach has inspired her investigations of helmet ventilation in ARDS and early mobilization in mechanically ventilated patients.

Clinical Interests

ARDS, Noninvasive ventilation, ICU acquired weakness, Early Mobilization, Shock


  • Patel BK, Pohlman AS, Hall JB, Kress JP. Impact of Early Mobilization on Glycemic Control and ICU-Acquired Weakness in Mechanical Ventilated Critically Ill Patients. CHEST 2014; 146(3):583-9.
  • Patel BK and Kress JP. The changing landscape of noninvasive ventilation in the intensive care unit. JAMA. 2015;314(16):1697-1699.
  • Patel BK, Wolfe KS, Pohlman AS, Dignam JJ, Hall JB, Kress JP. Effect of noninvasive ventilation delivered by helmet versus facemask on the rate of endotracheal intubation in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2016; 315(22):2435-2441.
  • Patel BK, Wolfe KS, Hall JB, Kress JP. A Word of Caution Regarding Patient Self-Inflicted Lung Injury and Prophylactic Intubation. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 May 1. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201702-0410LE
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  • BA, 2003, Northwestern University, Biological Sciences-Biochemistry
  • MD, 2007, University of Michigan,
  • Residency, 2010, University of Chicago, Internal Medicine
  • Chief Resident, 2011, University of Chicago, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship, 2015, University of Chicago, Internal Medicine