Dr. Sangiv Patel Co-Founder of Ma Krupa
By Space Coast Medicine & Healthy Living // March 19, 2013
CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN
Dr. Sangiv Patel Focuses On Indigent Medical Care
CENTRAL FLORIDA, USA – Dr. Sangiv Patel has incorporated helping the needy into his career from the start.
While still in dental school at Loyola University in Chicago, Dr. Patel took two mobile homes, added dental chairs and took dental care to migrant farmworkers and their families. Through the outreach, students got credit for residency hours for their work.
Today, the Melbourne, Florida dentist is active in the charitable organization Ma Krupa, which he also co-founded. The organization, named for a Hindu god of creation, focuses on indigent medical care in the United States and overseas.
Much of the work is done in India, where Dr. Patel has sponsored medical camps to perform various surgeries. He calls his first camp, in 1998, a life-changing experience. His team traveled to the foothills of the Himalayas and saw close to 600 patients in five days.
“We saw the need and felt motivated to keep going,” he said.
His next trip is scheduled for December, when Dr. Patel will be accompanied by his wife, Sangita, and their two sons, Karan and Krunal. Both boys are interested in careers in medicine. Ma Krupa has built a charitable hospital in rural India, provides educational grants for people pursuing careers in medical and social care, and provides humanitarian and disaster aid.
Dr. Patel also offers his services to organizations that help repair cleft palates and other issues for children without medical coverage. A past president of the Indian Association of the Space Coast, he’s active in the Taste of India and IndiaFest events.
Getting involved in charitable work is as easy as looking around for others working to satisfy a need. “There’s always something someone is doing to give back,” he said.