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


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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