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Central Texas Medical Center: News

Central Texas Medical Center welcomes infectious disease physician Meenal Patel, MD

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) is pleased to welcome Meenal Patel, MD, an infectious disease specialist, to its medical staff.

“Dr. Patel is an asset to our medical staff, and we are grateful she is here to help provide optimal care to the patients we serve,” said CTMC President and CEO Anthony Stahl.

Dr. Patel received her medical training at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. She recently relocated to San Marcos from Arizona, where she was part of the Banner Health Care Center. She has been practicing medicine for 15 years.

“I am delighted to come on board with CTMC and provide infectious disease care to this community,” Dr. Patel said. “In my short time here, I’ve seen how friendly the staff and physicians are, and how good the nurses are with patient care.”

Common illnesses infectious disease specialists assist with identifying and treating include urinary tract infections, pneumonia, influenza, blood stream infections and meningitis.

"When I walk into the room of a patient who has a fever or an elevated white blood cell count, I really don't know what the patient has going in, so I get to play detective," Dr. Patel said. " I like that challenge, as well as the variety of different diseases I get to see."

When a patient is presenting signs of an infection, a general practitioner, internist or hospitalist will be the first to evaluate the patient. If there is difficulty diagnosing the infection, or if the condition is complicated or unusual, an infectious disease specialist can provide additional guidance.

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About CTMC
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. For more than 20 consecutive years, CTMC has been named The Best Hospital in Hays County in the annual “Best of Hays” publication released by the San Marcos Daily Record. In addition to interventional cardiac services, CTMC is a Certified Chest Pain Center and an accredited Primary Stroke Center. CTMC leads the region in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and offers a variety of specialty care services including medical imaging, rehabilitation, home health care, hospice, women’s services and more. For more information, follow CTMC on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our website at

CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 10 states and employs nearly 80,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.



Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666