Melissa Patel, MD, MPH, is the Section Chief of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  In her clinical practice, Dr. Patel is a pediatric hospitalist, an attending physician dedicated to the care of hospitalized children, and has specialized training in pediatric sedation. She is board certified in Pediatrics as well as Pediatric Hospital Medicine.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC


Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Pediatric Hospital Medicine – American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Graduate Degree

MPH - University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC

Titles and Academic Titles

Senior Medical Director

Section Chief, Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Pediatric Hospitalist

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




McAndrew L, Patel MD, Werner A, Aredas B, Winter K, Dubow S. Creation and Implementation of a Hospitalist-Run Propofol Sedation Program. Hospital Pediatrics. 11(11): e282-289. 2021


Keren R, Shaikh N, Pohl H, Gravens-Mueller L, Ivanova A, Zaoutis L, Patel MD, deBarardinis R, Parker A, Bhatnagar S, Haralman MA, Pope M, Kearney D, Sprague B, Barrera R, Viteri B, Equiqueron M, Shah N, Hoberman A. Risk Factors for Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection and Renal Scarring. Pediatrics. 136(1): e13-21, 2015


Desai MN,  Miller, WC., Staples, B., Bravender, T. Risk Factors Associated with Overweight and Obesity in College Students. The Journal of American College Health 57:109-114, 2008.




Rosen A, Hills J, Patel MD. Disorders of the Neck in Netter’s Pediatrics. Elsevier Saunders, 2021.


Desai MN. Pharyngitis (Chapter 35) in Florin, T. and Ludwig, S. (Eds). Netter’s Pediatrics. Elsevier Saunders, 2011, pp. 207-211.

Desai, MN, Henretig FM. Poisoning. (Chapter 9) in Florin, T. and Ludwig, S. (Eds). Netter’s Pediatrics. Elsevier Saunders, 2011, pp. 56-61.

Posters and Presentations


Patel M, Werner A, McAndrew L. “Creation and Implementation of a Hospitalist Run Propofol Sedation Program.” Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Sedation Annual Conference, Aurora, CO, 2019.

Kost S, Patel M, Reilly L, Werner A. “The Society for Pediatric Sedation Multidisciplinary Sedation Provider Course: An Update in Progress.” Poster Presented at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s 2nd Annual Education Symposium, Philadelphia, PA. 2019.


Kerman C, Patel M, Tsarouhas N, Hart J, Toney T, Kaznica Z, Tracy E, Fieldston E, Gordon E, Hamburger M, Ritter G.  Creating an Efficient and Safe Pathway for Urgent Direct Admissions.  Poster presented at 29th Annual Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, Orlando, FL. 2017.

Awards and Honors

2018, 2019, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Faculty Honor Roll
2018, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Physician Partnership Award