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November 29, 2015

Profile: Dr. Kiran C. Patel

Great Expectations

A Tampa cardiologist-philanthropist lives and gives on a grand scale.

Florida Staff | 5/1/2006
Making a Difference

In 2004, the couple founded the Drs. Kiran & Pallavi Patel Foundation for Global Understanding, a Tampa-based non-profit focused on providing programs and funding for health, education and the arts. The foundation gave away $661,110 in 2004 and $930,775 last year.

In 2005, they made the then-largest donation in the history of Florida's public universities: $18.5 million for a center for global solutions.
They also:

  • Built a modern 50-bed charity hospital in India
  • Helped rebuild four hospitals, four schools and a small village in Gujarat, India, after a devastating earthquake
  • Donated $5 million to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center to fund a conservatory
  • Gave $3 million to Tampa's University Community Hospital for a research institute
  • Gave more than 70 scholarships to underprivileged Tampa youth over the past five years and endowed medical scholarships as well
  • Established at USF: A K-5 charter school; a pediatric care center; a program to provide HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and education throughout India; and an endowment to support new initiatives in heart disease treatment and research

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