Distinguished Alumni

Clif Knight, MD
Vice President for Education, AAFP

Clif Knight, MDClif Knight, MD, became vice president for education at the American Academy of Family Physicians in Leawood, Kansas in May 2014. He was asked to take on this important role previously held by Perry Pugno, MD, a nationally regarded leader in family medicine education. Dr. Knight was a part of Community for the majority of his medical career. He was a resident in our family medicine residency program in the late 1980s, where he was named the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians Resident of the Year in 1987. He then practiced medicine in Flora, Indiana, before returning here as clinical director of the residency in 1992. Five years later he became co-director of the residency, then was named director in 2001. His peers honored him as Family Medicine Teacher of the Year in 2004. He was named Community’s chief medical officer in 2009, then chief medical and academic affairs officer in 2013. He also served as a member of the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians prior to taking on his role as VP of Education for them.

Dr. Knight played a major role as Community developed and nurtured its Culture of Safety, and he helped our network achieve measurable improvements in patient safety. He also helped pave the way as Community became a leader in electronic health record implementation—the family medicine residency was one of the first offices in the network to adopt an EHR system. He built bridges to our local medical schools, Indiana University School of Medicine and Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, in an effort to ensure we have a strong pipeline of family physicians in the years to come. His strong commitment to residency education was an outstanding contribution both to the health network and to the Community Hospital East program.

Risheet Patel, MD
Past President, Indiana Academy of Family Physicians

Risheet Patel, MDRisheet Patel, MD, graduated from our program in 2007, and has served as a community preceptor in the residency for several years. As a resident he received the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) Outstanding Resident Award, which is presented annually to a family practice resident who demonstrates exceptional interest and involvement in family medicine and exemplifies the qualities of a family physician. In 2010, Dr. Patel was awarded the Pfizer Teacher Development Award, which spotlights those in active practice who give of themselves to teach, mentor, and inspire residents and students.

Dr. Risheet Patel was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated high school locally from Hamilton Southeastern High School. He completed his undergraduate work at Union College in Schenectady, New York and then attended Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. Dr. Patel then moved back to Indianapolis and completed his family medicine residency at Community Health Network. As a practicing family physician in Indianapolis, he served as President of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians in 2012-2013, and remains very active in both the IAFP and AAFP.