Sonal Patil, MD, a graduate of Annasaheb Chudaman Patil Memorial Medical College, India, completed her family medicine residency training at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2014, Dr. Patil moved to Columbia, Missouri, to join the faculty and enroll in the academic fellowship program at MU Family and Community Medicine. By 2016, Dr. Patil completed her fellowship training and earned her Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree.

Education & Training

Medical School

Annasaheb Chudaman Patil Memorial Medical College


Family Medicine

  • Emory University

Post Graduate School

Master of Science in Public Health, University of Missouri


American Board of Family Medicine


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Academic Information

Assistant Professor


One Hospital Drive
MA306 Medical Sciences Building, DC032.00
Columbia, MO 65212
United States

P. 573-882-2190

Research Profile

Sonal Patil, MD, MSPH, is a health services researcher and family physician interested in improving individual and population level health outcomes in low‐resource communities (rural/underserved). Her research focuses on building sustainable clinic‐community linkage interventions that fill health service gaps and reduce health disparities, particularly related to cardiovascular disease. Her research interests come from working in diverse primary care settings in the U.S. and from previous work at a public hospital in India.

Dr. Patil has collaborated with researchers from several disciplines (social work, nursing, public health, orthopedics, informatics, epidemiology, endocrinology), and has ongoing collaborations with local community health champions and public high schools. She has conducted systematic reviews, meta‐analyses and pilot clinic and community‐based studies. She has received funding from the AAFP Foundation and the Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences KL2 Career Development Awards Program.

Research Interests

  • Community-based interventions
  • Clinic-community linkages
  • Cardiovascular health

Areas of Expertise

  • Cardiovascular health
  • Peer Health Coaches
  • Lay Advisor Interventions
  • Hypertension
  • Meta‐analysis
  • Preventive medicine
  • Self‐management

Awards & Honors


Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar, hosted by National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.


Dr. Barbara Starfield Award for best trainee research project presented at the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) annual conference: “What is the Effect of Peer Support Interventions on Glycemic Control? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”

Third Place Clinical Science Poster awarded at MU Health Sciences Research Day: “What is the Effect of Peer Support Interventions on Glycemic Control? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”


Clinical Research Scholar award for outstanding performance in Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (PPCR) course, Harvard Medical School


Full Bibliography

  • Patient judgments about hypertension control: The role of variability, trends, and outliers in visualized blood pressure data.
    Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2019;21(3):e11366.
    Shaffer VA, Wegier P, Valentine KD, Belden JL, Canfield SM, Patil SJ, Popescu M, Steege LM, Jain A, Koopman RJ.
  • Lay advisor interventions in rural populations: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2019;57(1):117-126.
    Patil SJ, Lewis M, Tallon EM, Wareg NK, Murray KS, Elliott SG, Stevermer JJ, Kruse RL, Mehr DR.
  • The role of home BP monitoring: Answers to 10 common questions: How does home BP monitoring stack up against clinic and ambulatory measurements for the Dx and management of hypertension? Find out in this review.
    Journal of Family Practice. 2019;68(1):29-33.
    Patil SJ, Koopman RJ, Belden J, LeFevre M.
  • A decision support system for home BP measurements.
    In: PervasiveHealth '17 Proceedings of the 11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, 2017 May 23-26; Barcelona, Spain. 2018. 231-234.
    Jain A, Popescu M, Keller J, Belden JL, Koopman RJ, Patil SJ, Canfield SM, Steege LM, Shaffer VA, Wegler P, Valentine KD, Hathaway A.
  • Effect of peer support interventions on cardiovascular disease risk factors in adults with diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
    BMC Public Health. (2018) 18:398.
    Patil SJ, Ruppar T, Koopman RJ, Lindbloom EJ, Elliott SG, Mehr DR, Conn VS.
  • Dynamic electronic health record note prototype: seeing more by showing less.
    Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM. 2017;30(6):691-700.
    Belden JL, Koopman RJ, Patil SJ, Lowrance NJ, Petroski GF, Smith JB.
  • The effect of internet group support for caregivers on social support, self-efficacy, and caregiver burden: a meta-analysis.
    Telemedicine Journal & E-Health. 2017;23(8):621-629.
    Parker Oliver DR, Patil S, Benson JJ, Gage A, Washington K, Kruse RL, Demiris G.