By: Erin Seligman
Issue: April 2010 | NSIDE Medical
The rather quaint waiting room with rows of monotone chairs immediately transforms with the arrival of Dr. Nilesh Patel. In a wave of personality and speed, the founder of Texas Bariatric Specialists (TBS) walks through the newly energized space greeting each patient with a hearty handshake, pat on the back and maybe even a hug or two.
“He has such a connection with his patients,” says Donna Adames, who is both TBS’ program director and one of Patel’s patients. “Working with him, you see his genuine passion. He takes the time to get to know each patient personally and is thrilled to see all the changes and continues to be a part of their success after surgery. This passion is why we do what we do.”
Patel’s reputation can also be attributed to the fact that he is good at what he does. TBS will soon be the only practice in South Texas with two surgeons who completed a fellowship dedicated solely to bariatric surgery. Patel’s practice is centered exclusively on minimally invasive weight-loss procedures, including gastric bypass, gastric band, gastric sleeve and revision surgeries.