HOSMP Spotlight – Gopi Patel

“Our dedicated Hep C team addresses these obstacles by bringing treatment directly to them, consistently and tirelessly.”

Gopi Patel
Gopi Patel
– Gopi P.

My name is Gopi Patel, and I serve as a Hepatitis C Screening and Treatment Officer with UF Street Medicine.

My time with Street Med has been profoundly meaningful. Each shift offers an opportunity to provide crucial healthcare services to underserved and homeless individuals. As a Hep C officer, I’ve witnessed firsthand the daunting challenges our homeless patients encounter within the healthcare system. Affording life-saving treatment is often beyond their means, and maintaining consistent care and medication adherence through hospital visits is incredibly challenging. Our dedicated Hep C team addresses these obstacles by bringing treatment directly to them, consistently and tirelessly.

I am deeply grateful for my role and the impact of Street Med. Through our efforts, we not only treat Hepatitis C but also build trust and provide compassionate care to those who need it most. My experience here has sharpened my skills in building trust, fostering empathy, and communicating effectively—skills that are essential for nurturing meaningful patient-physician relationships. These lessons will guide me throughout my medical career, shaping my commitment to compassionate and equitable healthcare for all.