Viharkumar Patel, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Division of Clinical Pathology

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Surgical Pathology


Locations and Contact

Pathology Building

4400 V St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

My philosophy of care is to treat all patients with respect, to utilize my clinical training to provide excellent clinical care, and to continue to educate myself so that I can provide the most current standard of care.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Patel is a neuropathologist, which is a diagnostician that specializes in the diseases of the nervous system affecting children and adults. His clinical interests include all aspects of conditions that affect the nervous system. His research interests focus on the metabolomics of neurodegenerative diseases with a particular focus on Alzheimer disease.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Patel's academic interests include teaching to medical students, residents, and members of the community. He has research interests in all aspects of neuropathology, but his primary research focuses on the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases using a metabolomic approach to elucidate the pathologic changes that lead to Alzheimer disease.


Clinical Pathology

Undergraduate School

B.S., Biological Sciences, UC Davis, Davis CA 2011

Medical School

M.D., St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies 2016


Pathology, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison WI 2016-2020


Neuropathology, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston MA 2020-2022

Thurin K, Patel V, Perez DL, Dickerson BC, Hochberg D, Quimby M, Miller MB, Feany M, Silbersweig D, McGinnis SM, Daffner KR, Gale SA. Case Study 2: A 60-Year-Old Man With Progressive Deficits in Language Output. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2022 Summer;34(3):196-203. doi:10.1176/appi.neuropsych.22010013. PMID:35921620.

Patel V, Alexandrescu S. Immunohistochemical surrogates for molecular alterations for the classification and grading of gliomas. Semin Diagn Pathol. 2022 Jan;39(1):78-83. doi:10.1053/j.semdp.2021.11.003. Epub 2021 Nov 24. PMID:34857434.

Mill J, Patel V, Okonkwo O, Li L, Raife T. Erythrocyte sphingolipid species as biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease. J Pharmaceutical Analysis. 2021.

Wu K, Bi WL, Essayed W, Patel V, Kadri P, Al-Mefty O. Integration of Microanatomy, Neuronavigation, Dynamic Neurophysiologic Monitoring, and Intraoperative Multimodality Imaging for the Safe Removal of an Insular Glioma: 2-Dimensional Operative Video. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2021 Jun 15;21(1):E28-E29. doi:10.1093/ons/opab050. PMID:33940623.

Greeneway GP, Page PS, Patel V, Ahmed AS. Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor of the Cerebellum in an Adult: Case Report and Literature Review. World Neurosurg. 2021 Jan;145:57-63. doi:10.1016/j.wneu.2020.08.079. Epub 2020 Aug 15. PMID:32810633.

Shippy DC, Wilhelm C, Viharkumar PA, Raife TJ, Ulland TK. β-Hydroxybutyrate inhibits inflammasome activation to attenuate Alzheimer's disease pathology. J Neuroinflammation. 2020 Sep 21;17(1):280. doi:10.1186/s12974-020-01948-5. PMID:32958021.

Page P, Meylor J, Li Y, Patel V, Ahmed A. Tectal region papillary neuroglial tumour: a case report. Br J Neurosurg. 2019 Feb 11:1-3. doi:10.1080/02688697.2018.1562035. Epub ahead of print. PMID:30741021.

Patel V, Zhang X, Tautiva NA, Nyabera AN, Owa OO, Baidya M, Sung HC, Taunk PS, Abdollahi S, Charles S, Gonnella RA, Gadi N, Duong KT, Fawver JN, Ran C, Jalonen TO, Murray IV. Small molecules and Alzheimer's disease: misfolding, metabolism and imaging. Curr Alzheimer Res. 2015;12(5):445-61. doi:10.2174/1567205012666150504145646. PMID:25938871.

Stamova B, Tian Y, Jickling G, Bushnell C, Zhan X, Liu D, Ander BP, Verro P, Patel V, Pevec WC, Hedayati N, Dawson DL, Jauch EC, Pancioli A, Broderick JP, Sharp FR. The X-chromosome has a different pattern of gene expression in women compared with men with ischemic stroke. Stroke. 2012 Feb;43(2):326-34. doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.111.629337. Epub 2011 Nov 3. PMID:22052522.