A Message From Our Chief of Staff

Many years ago, I started practicing neurology at Los Alamitos Medical Center by covering for another neurologist during the weekends. I really enjoyed coming to Los Alamitos Medical Center because of the caring environment that was made possible by so many people: the superb medical staff, the dedicated nursing and departmental staffs, and the center’s forward-thinking administration. I found  Los Alamitos Medical Center  to be a place where I could share my passion for medicine by delivering the best care possible to my patients, and I am proud to say that after 17 years I still feel inspired every time I enter the hospital doors.

Patel_Nirav-WEB2016During my long association with the medical center, I have been involved in many improvement projects and programs. Now, I have been chosen to lead those efforts as Chief of Staff. Please know that I hold in the highest esteem the confidence that has been placed in me: It is the driving force behind the leadership and guidance I intend to provide during my tenure. At this juncture, our medical center has many great opportunities at hand that will allow us to build upon the high level of care we already deliver to our patients.

The involvement of our physicians has always been key to our medical center’s growth and success; that involvement is an important part of our future as well. As Chief of Staff, I will continue to challenge myself and my colleagues to find new and better ways for us to enhance the fine medical care we already offer at Los Alamitos Medical Center.  To that end, I am here to encourage and help facilitate the participation of my colleagues. Our medical community is comprised of many gifted and talented physicians who share an unwavering commitment  to our patients and the practice of medicine, and to you, my door is always open.


Nirav S. Patel, MD

Chief of Staff, Los Alamitos Medical Center


About Dr. Nirav S. Patel
Until assuming the role of Chief of Staff in January 2016, Dr. Patel served as Los Alamitos Medical Center’s Vice Chief of Staff for two years.  Previously, he held the position of Chairman, Department of Medicine and is currently Medical Director of Stroke Services at both Los Alamitos Medical Center and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.  Dr. Patel is a member of Southland Neurologic Institute, a private medical group, and he is Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Neurology.


Over the course of his long association with the hospital, Dr.  Patel  has been a tireless champion for excellence in stroke care. He deserves much credit for the leadership and vision which have led to the hospital’s successful and highly regarded stroke care program. Among its many distinctions, Los Alamitos Medical Center is recognized by The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a  Primary Stroke Care Center. For its excellence in stroke care, Los Alamitos Medical Center is also a Gold Plus member of Get With The Guidelines® Honor Roll issued by the American Stroke Association and American Heart Association.

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