Monali Patel, M.D.

Stroke & Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist


Traumatic Brain Injuries
Seizure Disorders
Headache Disorders
Nerve Block & Injection
General Neurology
Balance Disorders
Vestibular Migraine

Monali Patel, M.D. is a Neurologist with a special interest in OtoNeurology, Vestibular and Balance disorders, and also specializes in Headache disorders, a combination of subspecialties that is unique to the San Diego medical community. Along with a comprehensive and compassionate medical approach, she collaborates unique procedures for optimal management. These include Trigger Point injections, Occipital nerve block injections, IR Occulography, Rotational Chair evaluation & treatment for vertigo, Computerized Dynamic Posturography, VNG/VEMP. She is dedicated to being at the forefront of technology, understanding the latest advancements in neurologic diseases, and keeping a patient centered approach with exceptional care. A native of Chicago, Dr. Monali Patel has received many honors and distinctions. She graduated with high honors and on the Dean’s List from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she received her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics and graduated from the Honors Program in Engineering & Medicine. She obtained her medical degree from the Chicago Medical School, and was selected as the Student Dean. Dr. Patel completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, and was recognized amongst the top of her class as a “Resident of the Year.” She completed her residency training in Neurology at Temple University Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident. She has an interest in teaching, and has been invited to lecture to physician, resident & student groups. Dr. Monali Patel is committed to understanding the latest research in Neurology. Her goal is to continue rising to the challenges of an ever changing healthcare system as the spectrum of modern medicine neurology has and will occupy a place of prominence. Notably, Dr. Patel has consistently been selected as a 'Top Neurologist in San Diego' as well as 'Three Best Neurologist' in San Diego, in addition being distinguished as a “Leading Physician of the World” by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals.


Headache & Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Monali Patel is nationally recognized for her expertise in treating headaches and traumatic brain injuries. She incorporates a holistic approach, combining naturopathic measures with targeted treatments, including CGRP agents and Botox, to address a wide spectrum of headache types and traumatic brain injuries. Her extensive experience also covers care for post-concussive patients, demonstrating a profound commitment to advanced neurological therapies.

Stroke Management

As the founding director of the stroke programs at Paradise Valley Hospital and Alvarado Hospital, Dr. Patel has been pivotal in achieving Primary Stroke Center certification by The Joint Commission. She is a prominent advocate for stroke awareness, actively involved in community programs like "Strike Out Stroke" with the San Diego Padres and local educational initiatives to enhance stroke prevention and recovery.

Seizure Management

A key opinion leader in the field of seizure medication, Dr. Patel has shaped national perspectives on seizure management. Her advocacy extends through her support and participation in the Epilepsy Foundation's Gingerbread City Gala, emphasizing her role in both medical and community spheres to enhance the lives of those affected by seizures.

International Contributions

Dr. Patel has expanded her medical influence internationally by launching a medical clinic in India. This initiative reflects her dedication to improving healthcare accessibility and quality globally, leveraging her expertise to foster health development beyond local communities.

Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) Research

Involved in groundbreaking research on Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), Dr. Patel frequently presents her findings at grand rounds and medical conferences. Her research contributes to deeper understanding and innovative treatments for this rare disease, positioning her at the forefront of neurological research.


  • Awards: Top Neurologist in San Diego, Three Best Neurologists in San Diego, Leading Physician of the World
  • Education: Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Medical School, Temple University Hospital
  • Certifications: Board Certified in Neurology, Specialty Certifications in Headache and Traumatic Brain Injury Management

2021 Top Doctors

Leading the Way in Vertigo and Headache Care

In the October 2021 issue of San Diego Magazine, delve into 'Stop the Spinning and Say Goodbye to Your Headaches,' a feature spotlighting the innovative work of Dr. Monali Patel and Dr. Ian Purcell. Learn how their unique blend of expertise and passion offers new hope to those suffering from complex neurological disorders.