WashU Neurosurgery welcomes back Dr. Bhuvic Patel

Brain tumor neurosurgeon is returning to his WashU roots. 

The Department of Neurosurgery at Washington University is thrilled to announce the return of Bhuvic Patel, MD, as a member of the neurosurgery faculty. Dr. Patel has a long history with Washington University, having received his medical degree and completed his neurosurgery residency training at the School of Medicine. His tenure as faculty begins July 2024.

As a senior neurosurgery resident, Dr. Patel was awarded the William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship, which is given to one neurosurgery resident in North America each year to study overseas.

“With his extensive clinical and scientific knowledge of benign brain tumors, including meningiomas, pituitary adenomas, and vestibular schwannomas, Dr. Patel will help us better understand their biology while also focusing on the treatment and outcomes of these brain tumors,” said Albert H. Kim, MD, PhD, director of the Brain Tumor Center (BTC) and August A. Busch Jr. Professor of Neurosurgery. “In addition, he will play a prominent role in our Skull base neurosurgery program. Dr. Patel is an exceptionally talented brain tumor researcher and neurosurgeon, and we are delighted he is joining the Brain Tumor Center and our faculty.” 

Dr. Patel spent 2022-2023 at the German Cancer Research Institute and Germany’s Heidelberg University Hospital, working with molecular neuropathologist Felix Sahm, MD, PhD, an expert in the study of tumor genomic and methylation analysis.

“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to work alongside my neurosurgery mentors and role models,” said Patel. “I am especially looking forward to partnering with the many BTC collaborators on developing new therapies to treat and cure patients with brain tumors.”

Dr. Patel is currently completing a skull base neurosurgery fellowship with Paul Gardner, MD, a leader in endoscopic endonasal neurological surgery, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.