Rakesh D. Patel, MD

Spine Service Chief
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Spine Service
Areas of Interest
Adult spine surgery and spinal deformities
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Rakesh Patel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Division, at the University of Michigan. Dr. Patel completed his undergraduate training at the University of California in Los Angeles where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He received his medical degree upon graduation from the New York University School of Medicine in 2000. Dr. Patel did his residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases, where he was awarded an Aventis Orthopedic Scholarship NYU-HJD Senior Research Award. After completion of his training in New York, Dr. Patel went on to finish a one-year Spine Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin.

Clinical Interests

  • Spinal deformities
  • Spinal fractures
  • Reconstructive surgery (primary and salvage) of all areas of the spine
  • Cervical spine flexion deformity
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Minimally invasive surgical procedures

Research Interests

  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Spine trauma
  • Biomechanics of internal fixation of the spine