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Rupa Patel, MD, MPH, DTM&H

Assistant Professor of Medicine



Additional Titles

  • Director, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP) Program
  • Adjunct Instructor, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York

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  • BA, Economics: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2000)
  • Medical Degree: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI (2004)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine: University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine, Dallas, TX (2007)
  • Fellowship, Infectious Diseases: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY (2010)
  • Diploma in Clinical Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, Travelers Health: Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine, Lima, Peru (2011)
  • Master of Public Health: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD (2012)

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases


2018 St. Louis Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree

The School of Medicine’s Rupa Patel, MD, and Anne Glowinski, MD, are working with a Bangladeshi organization to help deliver mental health care to Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Patel also is gathering forensic evidence of violence the Rohingya suffered.

Clinical Interests

Currently, she is the PrEP Program director at the Washington University Infectious Diseases Clinic. Her research interests include PrEP implementation at the policy, organizational, and consumer level and focuses on PrEP access to care for young adult MSM. She is the Principal Investigator for a PrEP Study in the St. Louis region and was instrumental in the development of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services recently launched website providing resources for pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV, or PrEP.

Dr Patel also has worked with the health department to create a Missouri PrEP Implementation Toolkit to aid local health organizations integrate PrEP care services into their routine primary care service delivery.

International PrEP implementation is also of interest to Dr Patel. She plays an active role as member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for PrEP since April 1, 2016.  In addition, she has been named the PrEP Clinical Services Advisor to JHPIEGO, a non-profit organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, for the BRIDGE to SCALE grant awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in July 2016. The PrEP implementation grant is to demonstrate scale up of PrEP services nationally for men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSM), and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in Kenya.

For more information, please visit the PrEP Clinic Website.


Research Interests

Dr. Patel’s current research interests lie in biomedical HIV prevention implementation strategies.


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During her fellowship, Dr. Patel founded a global health academic site for medical trainees in Bangladesh where she works on HIV prevention among migrant worker communities. In addition, she also worked in Gujarat, India on HIV risk assessments among men who have sex with men (MSM).