Dr. Saurin Patel, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Saurin Patel believes that in today’s changing healthcare industry providers need to create environments that allow them to practice medicine while sustaining the passion that led them into healthcare. He brings significant experience - and passion - to his new role as Chief Medical Officer at LeafLine Labs. He trained at the University of Kansas Hospital in a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatric residency and Pulmonary/Critical Fellowship. He received an MBA from Indiana University’s  Kelley School of Business. He has served as Vice President of Ambulatory and Population Health - which eventually culminated in his role as system Chief Medical Officer - for a North Memorial Healthcare. Dr. Patel began his career as a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician for the Mercy Health System. He was soon named Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit. He won a “Mercy Hero Award” for implementing best practices in the ICU and reducing the incidence of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia.

Dr. Patel moved to Illinois and served as the Director of the Intensive Care Unit and Director of Quality and Performance Improvement of the Tele ICU program at OSF Health System. He was instrumental in standardizing best practices, workflow and order sets at ICUs in seven hospitals which led to system wide reduction in mortality, incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia and Length of Stay. He also served on the Quality and Physician Compensation committees.

In 2013, Dr. Patel joined HealthEast Care System as the Director of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep for three hospitals. He was involved in hiring a new team, staffing four ICUs and setting best practice standards. He worked with Hospitalists, Surgeons and Emergency Room physicians as well as the Nursing and Respiratory Therapy teams to establish work flows and chain of command in the ICU, resulting in improved patient outcomes. Dr. Patel recently started his own company to support elderly patients between their clinic visits. He is passionate about improving public health by addressing social determinants. He aspires to open a clinic and provide free care to those in need. Dr. Patel is also a father of five and prioritizes spending quality time with his family, playing monopoly, biking, fishing and traveling.