Graduate of University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, Maya Patel (left), poses for a photo with her grandparents Bhaichand Dholakia (right) and Pushpaben Dholakia (front) in her home in Scottsdale on May 7, 2022 (Photo Credit: Megan Mendoza/The Republic)
Graduate of University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, Maya Patel (left), poses for a photo with her grandparents Bhaichand Dholakia (right) and Pushpaben Dholakia (front) in her home in Scottsdale on May 7, 2022 (Photo Credit: Megan Mendoza/The Republic)

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Graduate of University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, Maya Patel (left), poses for a photo with her grandparents Bhaichand Dholakia (right) and Pushpaben Dholakia (front) in her home in Scottsdale on May 7, 2022 (Photo Credit: Megan Mendoza/The Republic)
Graduate of University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, Maya Patel (left), poses for a photo with her grandparents Bhaichand Dholakia (right) and Pushpaben Dholakia (front) in her home in Scottsdale on May 7, 2022 (Photo Credit: Megan Mendoza/The Republic)
Her Grandparents Showed Her the Power of Medicine, and Now this Arizona Doctor is Ready to Heal Others

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About the College

Founded in 2007, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. By cultivating collaborative research locally and globally, the college accelerates discovery in a number of critical areas — including cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease. Championed as a student-centric campus, the college has graduated 669 physicians, all of whom received exceptional training from nine clinical partners and more than 2,600 diverse faculty members. As the anchor to the Phoenix Bioscience Core, which is projected to have an economic impact of $3.1 billion by 2025, the college prides itself on engaging with the community, fostering education, inclusion, access and advocacy.