SD 500 – The Most Influential People in San Diego
San Diego’s world-class transformation has been driven by the vision and accomplishments of the leaders profiled in this year’s edition of the SD500. From civic and lifestyle champions to pioneers in blue tech, biotech, high tech, life sciences, real estate and finance, the San Diego Business Journal’s SD500 are the human capital powering the region’s unparalleled prosperity.
This year’s edition features a host of newcomers as well as business community leaders who’ve been SD500 mainstays for more than a decade. With diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) emerging as a major theme in 2021, women and persons of color, including people of all ages, ethnicities and sexual orientations also are well represented on this year’s list.
To compile the 2021 SD500, the Business Journal tapped its staff and professional networks, grouping members by general categories or vertical markets, beginning with the region’s civic leaders.
RAKESH PATEL, MD
CEO, NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTHCARE
Dr. Rakesh Patel has been with Neighborhood Healthcare for nearly two decades. In 2002, Dr. Patel started as a family physician with the organization he now leads. Patel, who holds an MBA, completed his residency at Scripps Family Practice in Chula Vista and received his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin. As a private, nonprofit community health organization, Neighborhood Healthcare facilitates 355,930 medical, dental and behavioral health visits annually, serving more than 76,000 patients.
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