Salma Patel, MD, MPH, FACP, FAASM

Medical Director, Physician Assistant Program
Assistant Professor, Medicine, College of Medicine – Tucson

Dr. Salma Patel is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine.  She received her Doctor of Medicine and Masters in Public Health degrees from the University of Arizona. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Patel enjoys seeing patients and strongly ascribes to Dr. William Mayo’s philosophy “The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered” and is often caught repeating this quote at patients’ bedsides. She is an active educator and mentor for undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral students, medical students, residents and fellows. Dr. Patel believes strongly in interprofessional collaboration in healthcare and serves as the Medical Director for the Physician Assistant (PA) Program at the University of Arizona. Dr. Patel has had the benefit of working with excellent PAs over her clinical career and feels honored to support the next generation of PAs. She also serves as the Associate Program Director for the Sleep Medicine Fellowship and Core Faculty for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. She serves on several college committees at the University.  Nationally, Dr. Patel writes board examination questions for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) for Maintenance of Certification and Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment Examinations for physicians seeking certification. She has also been involved with writing clinical guidelines for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).