Rima Patel

TitleClinical Instructor of Ophthalmology (Fellow)
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
AddressHC4 4900 1450 San Pablo Street
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033-6103
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    Rima Patel, MD, graduated summa cum laude with honors from the University of Arizona in 2009, earning a BS in physiology. She received her MD in 2013 from the Chicago Medical School – Rosalind Franklin University. Patel then completed an ophthalmology residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Illinois. Patel has a strong interest in volunteering and global health. During her residency, she performed pterygium and cataract surgeries in Guatemala through a mission trip, and prior to that she participated in medical camps in India. Her research interests in residency included investigating the effects of cocaine use on intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells, the effects of obesity and weight loss on eyelid laxity, and the association of polymorphisms of vascular endothelial growth factor in age-related macular degeneration. Outside of work, Patel enjoys spending time with her friends and family, dancing, yoga, hiking and exploring Los Angeles.