drs-patel-leftDrs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel, hosts of the IIFA Tampa Bay, are philanthropists who believe that through the platform of IIFA they can help bring the people of North America closer to India.

The Patel family has earned a reputation for developing and funding a variety of programs in health, education, arts and culture, both locally and around the world through the Drs. Kiran & Pallavi Patel Foundation for Global Understanding.

The family’s philanthropic endeavors include significant donations in the Tampa Bay area which include – contribution to the University of South Florida Charter School in 2003, The Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute in Tampa, The Dr. Pallavi Patel Performing Arts Conservatory at the Straz Center. The Dr. Kiran C. Patel School of Global Sustainability was created at the University of South Florida, to fulfill their vision to develop real Sustainability solutions for the future. In 2012 the foundation announced additional donation to create the College of Global Sustainability.

Internationally, the Foundation sponsored 50 heart surgeries for Tanzanian children at a hospital in India and also built a Hospice center for HIV patients in Zambia. In India, the Foundation has been operating a 1,200 student school – “C.A. Patel Learning Institute” at Patel’s father’s village of Mota Fofalia. The school provides higher education opportunities to children from rural areas of Gujarat. The foundation has built and is operating a 50 bed charity hospital in Mota Fofalia since 1998 and has recently added a state-of-the-art pediatric hospital. The foundation have also rebuilt four hospitals post earthquake in Gujarat in 2001.

Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel, recognized as “THE POWER COUPLE” by Florida media, received their medical education in Ahmedabad-Gujarat, India.

Dr. Kiran Patel, obtained specialization in Cardiology at the Columbia University-affiliated program in New York. While in practice since 1982 in Tampa Bay area, Dr. Kiran Patel earned a reputation as the most loved Cardiologist and gained a unique vision of the future of medical care. Rather than shun the growing trend towards managed health care, he began to develop solutions that made him a champion of the industry. He is recipient of many prestigious honors including: Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the SE U.S (2005), Jefferson Award for Public Service-National Media (2007), “Gujarat Garima” the highest honor from the Chief Minister of Gujarat (2007), Ellis Island Medal of Honor for Exceptional Immigrant Patriots (2007), The Tampa Bay Hall of Fame (2010) and Ballington and Maud Booth Award (2012).

Dr. Pallavi Patel is an accomplished pediatrician and an entrepreneur by herself. She is the only Asian women to be inducted into the Florida Hall of Fame (2008).


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