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Ajay M. Patel, MD

About Ajay

Dr. Ajay Patel completed his medical schooling at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. He finished his Residency in Internal Medicine at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco and went on to join the General Cardiology Fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. Once he finished this training, he completed his fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at the University of Chicago. He is trained in Structural Heart Disease and Interventional Cardiology. He has extensive experience in a variety of technologies to deal with the full spectrum of coronary and peripheral arterial disease. Dr. Patel is Board certified in Nuclear Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. He joined Centric Health in 2017 because he believed that Kern County was a place where he could make a difference.

Dr. Patel possesses strong research and investigation skills which have given him the ability to remain updated with the latest medical trends and advancements that he applies in diagnosing and treating his patients. He has a strong team-centered approach and uses his extensive knowledge and training in both non-invasive and surgical interventions to effectively manage patients. Dr. Patel has authored many book chapters and has been involved in numerous clinical research studies.

Dr. Patel enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Affiliations University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL, University of California, Irvine Medical Center, Orange, CA, Kaiser Downy Hospital, Downy, CA, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, San Francisco, CA, Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Long Beach, CA, Long Beach VA Healthcare Systems, Long Beach, CA
  • Board Certification
  • Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine #338888 2013
  • Diplomate, ABIM, Cardiovascular Disease 2016
  • Diplomate, ABIM, Interventional Cardiology 2017
  • College
  • Biology & Philosophy with thesis East Carolina University
    Greenville, NC
  • Fellowship
  • General Cardiology University of California, Irvine
    Orange, CA
  • Interventional Cardiology University of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
  • Internship
  • Internal Medicine Kaiser Foundation Hospital
    San Francisco, CA
  • Medical School
  • M.D. The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
    Greenville, NC
  • Residency
  • Internal Medicine Kaiser Foundation Hospital
    San Francisco, CA
Medical Interests Publications

Abstract Presentations:

  • Patel, Ajay, Blair J, Paul J, Nathan S, Atman S. The Slip n’ Slide Procedure. Presented at EUROPCR May 2017, Paris, France.
  • Patel Ajay, Banker Rajesh. Clinical experience with a novel fetal heart monitor approach to preventing phrenic nerve injury during cryo-balloon ablation in atrial fibrillation. Presented at EHRA June 2015, Milan, Italy.
  • Patel Ajay, Pestaner Joseph, MGF Gilliland. Sudden Cardiac Death: The Influence of Diabetes and Obesity. Southern Medical Journal. 2008 Aug; 101(8): 871-872.

Book Chapters:

  • Patel Ajay, Seto Arnold. Ultrasound-guided Arterial and Venous Access. 2014: Arterial and Venous Access in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Rutgers University Press. Mazen Abu-Fadel. 978-0-8135-7216-1


  • Patel A, Sunkara N, Choy R, Setty S. Anomalous Aortic Origin of the Right Coronary Artery: Embryology over Genetics. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. April 2015. Vol 149, Issue 4, Pages e65-e66.
  • Patel A, Verma D, Jiang S, Lau K, Arellano J, Cain B, Zaroff J. Permanent Pacemaker Implantation Early After Cardiac Surgery: A Descriptive Study of Pacemaker Utility After One Year of Follow-Up. Journal of Cardiac Surgery. 2016 March Vol 31, issue 3 pages 132-138
  • Saremi F, Patel A, Shavelle D, Licht JR, Kang J. Left circumflex coronary-pulmonary artery fistula and transmediastinal participation of bronchial arteries best shown by CT. Int J Cardiol. 2014 Sep 28. pii: S0167-5273(14)01798-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2014.09.078. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25300659.
  • Holve TJ, Patel A, Chau Q, Marks AR, Meadows A, Zaroff JG. Long-term cardiovascular outcomes in survivors of Kawasaki disease. Pediatrics. 2014 Feb;133(2):e305-11. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-1638. Epub 2014 Jan 20. PubMed PMID: 24446449.
  • Patel A, Pestaner J, Gilliland MG. In regard to 'sudden cardiac death: influence of diabetes'. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2008 Mar;10(3):264. Epub 2007 Oct 15. PubMed PMID: 17941872.

Other Publications:

  • Patel A, Pestaner J, Gilliland MGF. (2005, August 1). Obesity and its Role in Sudden Death: as observed in Eastern North Carolina. Perspectives on Patient Care. PCMH Vol 19. 2005.
  • Patel, Ajay. (2009, July 1). Kolasa: Gum Chewing has positive health effects. The Daily Reflector.

Poster Presentation:

  • Patel Ajay, Lundstrom Robert. (2011, October). Fashionably Late Eosinophilia. Poster presented at: American College of Physicians Northern California Chapter Conference; San Jose, CA.
  • Patel Ajay, Pestaner Joseph, MGF Gilliland. (2007, July). The effects of Diabetes and Obesity on Sudden Cardiac Death. Poster presented at: East Carolina University Summer Conference; Greenville, NC.
  • Patel Ajay, Pestaner Joseph, MGF Gilliland. (2008, August). Diabetes, Obesity and Sudden Cardiac Death. Poster presented at: Southern Medical Association Annual Scientific Assembly; Nashville, TN.