UCSF general pediatrician Anisha I. Patel, MD, MSPH, received the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics Outstanding Achievement Award in the application of epidemiologic information to child health advocacy on October 21 at the organization's national conference in New Orleans, LA.
Dr. Patel’s NIH-funded research has focused on working with communities to develop school and child-care based interventions and policies to prevent childhood obesity by encouraging healthy beverage intake. Her work has helped influence local and state legislation requiring California schools to offer fresh drinking water in their cafeterias.
Dr. Patel also recently received a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to enhance an existing academic-community partnership working to increase intake of tap water and decrease sugar-sweetened beverage intake among Latino children and adolescents. Dr. Patel’s work represents several years of collaboration with the Atkins Center for Weight and Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and nutrition advocates at California Food Policy Advocates.
Dr. Patel received her medical degree and a masters in science and public health at the University of North Carolina. She completed her residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Stanford University. Dr. Patel was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Fellow at UCLA and a policy fellow at the Philip R. Lee Institute of Health Policy Studies at UCSF. An assistant professor pediatrics at UCSF, Dr. Patel joined the faculty in 2010. She sees patients at the Parnassus outpatient clinic.