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2006 Honorable Mention
Dr. Suryakant Patel

Suryakant Patel is a board-certified family physician at Northway Medical Associates in Fulton. He has been an active staff member at A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital in Fulton and a courtesy staff member at Oswego Hospital since 1980. He is also a courtesy staff member at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse.

"I gain great fulfillment in recognizing problems before they become serious ones," Patel said, "as well as gaining positive results through treatment." He said a combination of training, experience and a willingness to continually learn makes him an effective healthcare provider.

He attended medical school in Baroda, India, graduating in May of 1972. He was born in Kenya in 1947 and is married with three children. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1976-1980. He was certified as a flight surgeon in 1984. Patel said his experience in the Air Force has reinforced his knowledge in medicine.

He also served as plant physician at the former Owens Illinois, Armstrong World Industries and Miller Container plants in Fulton.

John Kilpatrick, a patient, nominated Patel for "Healthcare Hero" honors. "Dr. Patel is an outstanding physician. He is professional, thorough and is always willing to spend time with his patients," Kilpatrick wrote. "He takes a sincere personal interest in individuals and families. He is clearly a caring person."