Dr. Vikul Patel has been suspended from the practice of Nephrology Associates where he was employed. The action was taken late Monday afternoon after members of the practice learned that he was arrested by the Northwest Georgia Crimes Children Task Force.
Additional actions are anticipated Wednesday after the board of the medical group meets, officials said.
Spokesperson Andy Derryberry said, “Nephrology Associates wants to make sure the public knows that Dr. Vikul Patel has been barred from all patient care. The practice will be contacting his patients to reschedule their visits with other physicians.”
“We want to be clear that Dr. Nilesh Patel of the Group is of no relation to Dr. Vikul Patel. Dr. Nilesh Patel is a valued member of Nephrology Associates,” he said.
Letters to reassign patients of Dr. Vikul Patel to other physicians within the Group will be sent within the coming days.
“Patient care has always been and still is Nephrology Associates’ top priority. The practice fully intends to work with law enforcement in providing any information requested to assist with this matter,” Mr. Derryberry said.