NAICCO BOARD OF ADVISORS
DR. TUSHAR B. PATEL
For the past 27 years working with United States Department of Justice, Dr. Tushar B. Patel retired on September 30, 2020, as the Chief of Health Care Quality/Risk Management branch for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington DC. He joined the Federal Bureau of Prisons in October 1993, in New Jersey. Dr. Tushar B. Patel provided oversight of Health Care Quality Management to 122 Federal Bureau of Prisons including seven major Federal Medical Centers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Hawaii since 2011. His major duties included oversight of various clinical and risk management programs to include quality of care, infection prevention and control, training of medical and allied professionals, external accreditations, medico-legal cases, law suits, tort claims and overall risk management policies and protocols for the agency.
Dr. Patel was very liked by his colleagues and superiors for his humble, calm and friendly demeanor. His leadership style included dedication, trust, compassion, loyalty, hard work, passion and commitment to his work. For the past 10 years, he also serves as the Program Manager for the Asian American and Pacific Islander for the agency and received national awards.
Besides, his Government position, Dr. Patel provides his leadership and oversight to various non-profit and community/civic organizations in New Jersey. He serves as the President of Indian Health Camp of NJ (IHCNJ) since 2006, and provides his vision, expertise and dedicated services by leading a team of volunteers to conduct free Health Screening and Disease Prevention/Awareness Fairs throughout the state. Each year, the organization provides medical, dental, mental health and eye screening to approximately 600-800 people without medical insurance. Since 1999, the organization provided more than 10,000 free screenings for needy people in South Asian communities for various chronic diseases screening, awareness and education.
Dr. Patel is also involved with Indo-American Cultural Foundation of Central Jersey (IACFNJ) since 2005 and currently serving as the President since 2013. IACFNJ is a community organization in NJ to promote culture and diversity and provide platform for community activities to the youth to educate citizens about cultural diversity. He also served as the President of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) Central Jersey Chapter in the past and currently serving as the GOPIO International Health Council Chair since 2018, and actively involved in health awareness projects to include organizing Health Summits and other educational programs for the communities. Dr. Patel is the Co-Founder and President of a non-profit organization SGML Eye Hospital, USA which is an NGO in India serving underprivileged individuals in rural areas of India for their eye care need to prevent blindness.
Dr. Patel is committed to continue his dedicated work toward health care projects and community outreach in health care, civic, cultural and community services.
Some of the major awards and accomplishments of Dr. Patel are as follows:
- Patel received the United States Department of Justice Community Service Award from the United States Attorney General in 2012 for his community service involvement. In addition, he received various awards for his community service to include Gujarat Gaurav Award from in October 2013, Community Leadership from Indian American Community and Indo-American Independent Pharmacy Owners in December 2013, Humanitarian Award from Rotary Club of Plainsboro in March 2014 and Community Service Leadership Award from Rotary International District 71510 in March 2014.
- Patel received NJ State Governor’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Services in Health Care Professional of the Year category in June 2015.
- Patel was the one of the finalist in Volunteer of the Year Award category for NJ BIZ Health Care Heroes in June 2015 and Public Health Hero category in June 2016.
- Patel received Champions of Civil Rights award from Passaic County Freeholder John Bartlett in May 2019.
- Received recognitions from Senator Cory Booker, Senator Robert Menendez and NJ State Joint Legislative Resolution from Senator Vin Gopal and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji and South Brunswick Township Resolution from Mayor Charles Carley for distinguished retirement after 27 years of Government Service.
IMPORTANT POSTIONS HELD:
- Board of Trustees – Preserve at Princeton Walk, Princeton, NJ- 2003 to present
- President – Indian Health Camp of New Jersey, 2006 to present
- President – Indo-American Cultural Foundation of Central New Jersey – 2013 to Present
- Member – Health Advisory Committee – South Brunswick Township – 2008 to 2010
- Program Manager – Asian American and Pacific Islander and Native Americans –
- Federal Bureau of Prisons-Department of Justice – 2013 to 2020
- Executive Council Member – Department of Justice PAN Asia Board – 2017-2020
- District Diabetes Chair – Lions Club – 2018 to 2020
- President – GOPIO – Central Jersey Chapter – 2018 to 2020
- Chair, Health Council – GOPIO International – 2018 to Present
- Co-Founder/President – SGML Eye Hospital USA – 2021 to Present
- Board Member – Ritesh Shah Charitable Pharmacy – 2021 to Present