Dr. Kiran Patel
Kiran Patel was born in Zambia, Africa to Asian-Indian
parents. He was educated under the British Educational
System in Zambia and then got his diploma in Cambridge
University and The University of London. He came down
to India to study medicine in Gujarat University in
India and did his Internship in Africa. Dr. Patel
did his residency in Internal Medicine in New Jersey
in 1980. He completed a fellowship in the Cardiology
program affiliated with the Columbia University of
New York in 1982.
Dr. Kiran moved to Tampa, Florida in 1982 and began
his practice in Cardiology. He was very successful
and became a distinguished cardiologist in that area.
He developed a physician practice management company
and expanded to places adjoining Tampa Bay area diverging
into 14 practices including Family Medicine, Internal
Medicine, Pediatrics and Cardiology.
Kiran was also in partnership with a lot of point-of-service
locations to form multi-specialty network. This network
helped patients to access most medical services conveniently.
He has actively engaged himself in managed care contracts
and has expanded so much that it provides care for
more than 80,000 patients. Apart from this he has
developed good associations with several HMOs and
hospitals. His success in managed care contracts led
a group of doctors to seek his services to help them
with an HMO in New Port Richey, Florida.
Dr. Patel took up the project after discussing
a pre-determined purchase option of the company. It
was called the Well Care HMO, Inc. (Well Care).
In 1992, Dr. Kiran Patel, along with Rupesh Shaw,
CEO, and Pradip Patel, President, started a Medicaid
managed care company. This company became the largest
Medicaid provider in the state of Florida.
He helped to bring around the struggling HMO, WellCare
of New York and Connecticut.
He worked with more than 95 hospitals and a few hundred
physicians in settling past due medical claims. Dr.
Kiran Patel provided an additional $15 million in
equity through Conversion of Brow and infused $10
million of new capital and acquired 55 percent of
the publicly held Well Care Management Group.
Between 1995 and 2002, Dr. Kiran Patel built it
into a billion-dollar company, providing services
to more than 450,000 members, employing more than
1,200 employees and operating in Florida, New York
He is presently serving as Chairman of Visionary Medical
Systems. He believes that the Visionary Office will
reduce the paperwork for the physicians and give them
more time to devote on their patients. He is a member
on the following organizations: Fellow of American
College of Cardiology; American Medical Association,
American College of Physicians, American Association
of Physicians from the South East Asia, Past Chair
Dr. Pallavi Patel
Dr. Pallavi Patel was born in India. She did her undergraduate
degree from M.G. Science College, Gujarat University,
in 1968, and attended Municipal Medical College of
Gujarat University in Ahmedabad. She did her internship
from St. Barnabas Hospital in New Jersey, School of
Medicine Dentistry of New Jersey and Overlook Hospital
in Summit, New Jersey, in affiliation with Columbia
University in New York. She started her private practice
in Kabwe, Zambia, from 1974 to 1978 and worked as
a part-time consultant physician from 1974 to 1978
for Kabwe Industrial Fabrics, Ltd. and Kapiri Glass
She has a list of philanthropic works to her name:
A 50-bed charity hospital serving 100,000 villagers
in India was established by her along with her family;
provision of funds for annual scholarship for underprivileged
children to obtain a college education; funding for
the construction of the USF Charter School for Underprivileged
Children in Hillsborough County; sponsoring of 25
orphans from India to visit and perform a cross-cultural
program in the United States.
Dr. Pallavi serves on many boards and is a member
of the following organizations: Fellow of American
Academy of Pediatrics, a Member of the Florida Medical
Association and a Patron Member of the American Association
of Physicians of Indian Origin. She is president and
CEO of Stat Care and Bay Area Primary Care Association,
Inc. with five locations across Tampa. She holds hospital
privileges at University Community Hospital, St. Josephs
Womens Hospital and St. Josephs Childrens
Hospital. She is also a founder, trustee and administrator
for the India Cultural Center. She is a member of
the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Board of Trustees,
Shakti Krupa Charitable Foundation Board of Directors
and the ICC Hope Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors.
Dr. Pallavi met Kiran while studying medicine in Ahmedabad.
They got married after completing their degrees and
started their practice in Zambia. In 2003 the two
set up a nonprofit Foundation for Global Understanding