Dr. Smita K. Patel, MD: Charity in the DNA and Wisdom to Find the Difference

Smita Patel (Photo: Facebook)
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BURLINGTON, MA—Dr. Smita K. Patel, MD, is a physician at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, MA. A volunteer at Akshaya Patra, she specializes in psychiatry and behavioral medicine.

In addition, she consults for Liver and Kidney Transplant team, and is a clinical Associate Professor at Tufts Medical school.

Calling herself a regular person, she says all physicians chose the profession to help the community and the people in need.

Here is a Q/A with Dr. Patel:

INDIA New England News: Please tell our readers about your work and what you enjoy most about it?

Smita Patel: I enjoy working in the medical field and mainly with people with addiction.

INE: If you’re engaged with any charity or non-profit, please tell us why this organization and what do you do for them?

SP: Cummings Foundation: -$100K  for 100 – five years  in selection committee, out of which one year as Vice Chair in the committee and then one year as a chair.

Akshay Patra: involved as a donor and then in Committee.

Lahey Hospital: part of peer support physician during Covid surge to help colleague to deal with burn out from stress.

IMANE: Committee members for two years and then rejoined this year.

In India: During Covid, started helping some families with providing groceries every month.

INE: What are your hobbies and interests? 

SP: Traveling, spending time with family and friends.

INE: In what way you feel you have most positively influenced or served the local community and your company/organization and professional field?

SP: In my opinion all physicians chose the profession to help the community/ people in need.

INE: What is your rare talent? 

SP: I am a regular person without any rare talent.

INE: Your favorite books?

SP: I read to relax during vacation.

INE: Your favorite quotes? 

SP: “Charity is just writing checks and not being engaged. Philanthropy to me , is being engaged , not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven’t done before ” by Eli Board

“We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give” – By Winston Churchill

INE: Who inspires you the most?

SP: Both sides my Grandfathers were philanthropist, paternal Grandfather with school system and Maternal Grandfather donated free water supply to whole town – his statue is still there at the main water supply plant. My Mother started a program for women to be self-sufficient – and health educations to poor community. My mother inspired me to be a physician.

INE: Your core value you try to live by?

SP: Do not do/act the way you do not want others to do to you.  My Prayer -“God grant me the serenity to accept thing I cannot change and strength to change I can. Wisdom to find the difference.”


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