Phoenix, Arizona


Patel.Bhavika@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


Bhavika Patel, M.D., is a fellowship-trained breast imaging radiologist and clinical researcher committed to improving early breast cancer detection to save lives. With a background in economics, Dr. Patel studies ways to improve the current state of breast imaging through advanced imaging modalities, analytics and creative solutions to lessen disparities in breast cancer screening.

Focus areas

  • Advancing breast imaging technologies to improve the sensitivity and specificity of breast cancer detection.
  • Personalizing medicine to better detect early and precancerous states.
  • Using computer-aided detection tools to better enable prediction and assessment of breast cancer treatment response.
  • Analyzing clinical trials to compare the cost and effectiveness of breast imaging studies.
  • Lessening health care disparities linked to breast cancer screening and treatment.

Significance to patient care

Dr. Patel combines advanced imaging and risk-based clinical tools with current approaches to breast imaging to improve patient outcomes with earlier detection of clinically relevant cancers while decreasing patient anxiety and costs involved with false-positive findings. Her background in economics and interest in global medicine informs her approach to studying and creatively addressing known disparities associated with breast cancer screening.

Professional highlights

  • Mayo Clinic principal investigator, Collaborative Research Seed Grant, Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic, 2023.
  • American College of Radiology.
    • Co-chair, Breast Imaging Research Registry, 2021.
    • Co-chair, Data Science Institute, 2021.
  • Invited member, Research Operations Management Team, 2021.
  • Invited member, Breast Cancer Screening Panel, National Cancer Consortium Network, 2020.
  • Vice chair of radiology Research, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2020.


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Radiology

Academic Rank

  1. Associate Professor of Radiology


  1. Fellow - Breast Imaging Department of Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  2. Resident Department of Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  3. Internship Department of Medicine, St. Joseph's Hospital
  4. MD - Medicine University of Arizona College of Medicine
  5. BA - Economics Northwestern University

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