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Rajal Patel, M.D.

Rajal Patel, M.D.

Medical Reviewer

Dr. Patel is a radiation oncologist specializing in the treatment of multiple malignancies. He graduated from the combined B.A. / M.D. honors program in medical education at Northwestern University, earning a degree in Economics. Subsequently, he completed his radiation oncology residency at Northwestern University in Chicago and was named chief resident.

Dr. Patel is trained in advanced radiation techniques including stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), brachytherapy, and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Furthermore, he has published several peer reviewed articles and presented at multiple national conferences in the area of radiation oncology.

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