Kamal Patel (researcher)

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Kamal Patel
OccupationResearcher, Nutrition Editor
Known forNutrition, Dietary supplements, Vitamin D guidelines

Kamal Patel is a nutrition researcher and the director of Examine.com.[1] Alongside co-founder Sol Orwell, he grew the Examine.com compendium of clinical trials on nutrition and supplements, with the goal of creating the “largest database” of supplements on the Internet.[2]


Patel attended Northwestern University, studying economics and communications while also organizing strongman contests.[3] He attended graduate school at Johns Hopkins University and Tufts University, studying public health, business, and nutrition.[4][5]


Patel was a co-author on systematic reviews used to inform the Institute of Medicine 2010 vitamin D guidelines,[6] which served as a basis for revised vitamin D guidelines in countries around the world.[7] During that time, he was also a primary reviewer for Clinicaltrials.gov with a focus on clinical trial methodology.[8]

Patel has also published research on genetic tests for cancer,[9] prostate cancer treatments,[10] fructose and liver health,[11] self-measured monitoring of blood pressure for hypertension,[12] and other clinical and methodological topics.[13]

Patel has worked as a researcher at a federally-designated evidence-based practice center in meta-analysis and evidence synthesis[14] and served as program chair for the 2013 Ancestral Health Symposium.[15][16] He is a nutrition editor for the Journal of Evolution and Health.[17]

Patel is the director of Examine.com, coordinating the team of researchers and scientists in analyzing primary research on nutrients and supplements. Under Patel, the website has expanded from a focus on supplements and athletic performance to direct analysis of research studies.[18][19][20] In 2020, Patel was named #1 Most Influential Man in Health & Fitness by Men's Health UK.[21]


  1. ^ "About Examine.com". Examine.com. Examine. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Interview - Kurtis Frank and Sol Orwell of Examine.com". International Society of Sports Nutrition. Retrieved 15 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Strongest man competition tests strength, will". Dailynorthwestern.com. The Daily Northwestern. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Kamal Patel, Nutrition and Dietetics". ResearchGate.net. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  5. ^ Robb Wolf. "Episode 351 – Kamal Patel – Examine.com and Analyzing Studies, Supplements, and Nutrition". Robbwolf.com (Podcast). Revolutionary Solutions to Modern Life. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  6. ^ "IOM Report Sets New Dietary Intake Levels for Calcium and Vitamin D to Maintain Health and Avoid Risks Associated With Excess". NationalAcademies.org. National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, National Research Council. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  7. ^ Pittas, AG; Chung, M; Trikalinos, T; Mitri, J; Brendel, M; Patel, K; Lichtenstein, AH; Lau, J; Balk, EM (2010). "Vitamin D and Cardiometabolic Outcomes: A Systematic Review". Ann. Intern. Med. 152 (5): 307–14. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-152-5-201003020-00009. PMC 3211092. PMID 20194237.
  8. ^ "About Kamal Patel". Examine.com. Examine. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  9. ^ Raman, G; Wallace, B; Patel, K; Lau, J; Trikalinos, TA (2011). "Update on Horizon Scans of Genetic Tests Currently Available for Clinical Use in Cancers". PMID 26225397. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ Ip, S; Dvorak, T; Yu, WW; Patel, K; Obadan, N; Chung, M; Bannuru, RR; Lau, J (2010). "Comparative Evaluation of Radiation Treatments for Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer: an Update". PMID 25411663. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  11. ^ Chung, M; Ma, J; Patel, K; Berger, S; Lau, J; Lichtenstein, AH (2014). "Fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or indexes of liver health: a systematic review and meta-analysis". Am J Clin Nutr. 100 (3): 833–49. doi:10.3945/ajcn.114.086314. PMC 4135494. PMID 25099546.
  12. ^ Uhlig, K; Patel, K; Kitsios, GD; Balk, EM (2013). "Self-measured blood pressure monitoring in the management of hypertension: a systematic review and meta-analysis". Annals of Internal Medicine. 159 (3): 185–94. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-159-3-201308060-00008. PMID 23922064. S2CID 207536827.
  13. ^ "Patel K Author". PubMed.gov. US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Vitamin D and Calcium: A Systematic Review of Health Outcomes" (PDF). Ahrq.gov. Tufts Evidence-based Practice Center, Boston, MA. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Videos, Bios, Abstracts, Schedules from the 2013 Ancestral Health Symposium". Ancestralhealth.org. Ancestral Health Society. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  16. ^ "AHS 13 Final Program" (PDF). Ancestralhealth.org. Ancestral Health Society. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  17. ^ "Journal of Evolution and Health, an Ancestral Health Society Publication". Jevohealth.com. Ancestral Health Society. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  18. ^ "Co-Founder of Examine.com". SignalTower.co. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "Q&A: What Supplements Should I Take?". Men's Fitness. Retrieved 29 May 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ Real Health Radio. "057: Interview with Kamal Patel". Robbwolf.com (Podcast). Real Health Radio. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  21. ^ "26 Most Influential Men in Health & Fitness". Men's Health UK. No. 202010. London, England: Men's Health. September 2020. Archived from the original on December 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2021.

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