A Good Deed Does Not Go Unnoticed

Published on 14 October 2021

Inspired by a good deed that changed his life, Gourang Patel, B.S. '00, Pharm.D. '01, critical care pharmacist at the University of Chicago Medical Center, continues to pay his success forward as a member of the Alumni Council at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis.

His enthusiasm for supporting students and the alumni community has been evident throughout his long-standing contributions to the University.

What motivated you to get involved at the University?

When I was a third-year student, my mom passed away. After she passed, it was difficult to
make ends meet. Thankfully, I earned a scholarship that provided me with the opportunity to continue my
education. If not for that scholarship, I would not have made it to graduation.

Once I learned more about the Alumni Council’s mission and the work they do to help current students and recent graduates, I knew I wanted to join and help make a difference.

What has your experience been like as a member of the Alumni Council?

I have reconnected with my peers, engaged new minds, educated students on critical care
pharmacy and served on University committees.

I joined the council because I wanted to help new graduates reach their full potential, raise awareness about the important role pharmacists play in patient-centered care and share the positive impact the profession has on patients.

The University provided me with the foundation I needed to excel and lead within the profession, and I hope to assist the next generation of health care leaders in achieving their goals.

What inspired you to establish the Praful and Niru Scholarship?

I established the scholarship in 2007 to honor my parents and pay forward the opportunity I
had been given. It is rewarding to be able to give back financially because the scholarship recipients are always
grateful for the support.

I often think about how earning a scholarship was a turning point for me as a student. I hope that the recipients use this opportunity and their educational experience to make a positive impact on someone else.

Through the Praful and Niru Patel Scholarship, Gourang Patel, B.S. '00, Pharm.D. '01, has provided numerous scholarships to students trhoughout the past 14 years.

His financial support and service to the University continues to make a positive impact on students and the alumni community.

To learn how you can make a difference, visit uhsp.edu/give.

This story was first published in the fall 2021 issue of Script Magazine. To view past issues of Script, visit the Script Magazine archive.

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