Rig S. Patel, MD

Dr. Patel grew up in London, England, and graduated from the University of London in 1989 with a MBBS (MD equivalent) degree. Upon graduation, he completed an internship in medicine and general surgery at the University of London.

Dr. Patel moved to the United States in 1990 and completed his internal medicine residency through the University of Virginia, where he was awarded “Resident of the Year.” While completing a three-year gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Iowa, Dr. Patel was awarded a scholarship from the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, which he used to complete a dedicated Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship training program. During this training, he developed skills and techniques beyond the level of a general gastroenterologist.

In 1997, Dr. Patel was invited to join the faculty of the Digestive Diseases Center at the Medical University of South Carolina as Assistant Professor of Medicine/ Gastroenterology. He practiced and taught clinical gastroenterology, as well as tertiary level advanced endoscopy, and mentored several advanced endoscopy fellows from all over the world. During his time there, he obtained further training in endoscopic ultrasound and co-authored several clinical research studies. More than 50 of his studies have been accepted for publication/ presentation at national and international meetings, and several have received awards, including two Governors Awards for Excellence in Clinical Research, awarded by the American College of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Patel moved to Raleigh in 2001 to join Digestive Healthcare, PA. He was the founder of the endoscopic ultrasound programs at Duke Raleigh Hospital and at Rex Hospital, where he currently serves as Medical Director of the Endoscopic Ultrasound Program. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Dr. Patel’s clinical interests include the prevention, detection and management of gastrointestinal cancers, with emphasis on endoscopic screening, general disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, and advanced therapeutic endoscopy techniques, including endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangio pancreatography (ERCP).

Dr. Patel is a highly respected clinician leader among his peers within the community, as well as at tertiary centers throughout the U.S. He is frequently invited to consult and lecture on current and developing clinical topics relating to gastroenterology, including television and radio shows. Dr. Patel was recently named a “Top Doctor” by US News and World Report.

In addition to serving as president of Digestive Healthcare, Dr. Patel has served as the president of the medical staff at Rex Hospital, as well as chair of both the Medical Executive Committee and the Performance Improvement Committee. He was also recently appointed as a member of the board of trustees at Rex Hospital.

Also active statewide, Dr. Patel was a founding board member of the North Carolina Society of Gastroenterology, and began serving as president of the society in 2014. Dr. Patel is a member of several national societies, including the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, where he has also led educational activities.