Ashokkumar C. Patel, M.D., 59, of Clarks Summit, passed away on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
He was born to the late Chhotabhai and the late Lalitaben Patel on Jan. 10, 1955, in Maharashtra, India. He graduated from the Government Medical College and Hospital in Nagpur, India, in 1976. He went on to marry Nayana Amin in 1978, and they both immigrated to the United States in 1980. After initially moving to New Jersey, they eventually settled in Clarks Summit, Pa., in 1985.
Ashokkumar was a revered psychiatrist with multiple psychiatry subspecialty board certifications. He was the medical director of psychiatry at the Geisinger Community Medical Center and the medical director of the Scranton Counseling Center. Dr. Patel's thirst of knowledge led to a subspecialty in sleep medicine, and he established the Sleep Lab of Northeastern Pennsylvania. His drive to help further the medical field included conducting clinical research trials in sleep medicine and teaching medical students and residents as the specialty medical director of psychiatry at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Pa.
Ashokkumar had a great passion for travel and culture. He has traveled across the globe to more than 35 countries with his family.
Ashokkumar's other great passion was his family. Living forever in their hearts are his beloved wife, Nayana Patel; beloved children, Nupam, Yena and Natasha; and beloved extended family. He was especially proud of being a part of his extended family at the Scranton Counseling Center and GCMC seventh floor unit.
His immaculate soul and vivacious personality has brought joy to all around him.
The friends and family would like to thank the Geisinger Community Medical Center emergency department, along with the Geisinger Medical Center (Danville) neurosurgery and critical care staff.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests a memorial donation be made to the Vraj Hindu Temple, 15 Manor Road, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.
Family and friends invite all in celebrating the life of Ashokkumar Patel on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., in Dunmore, Pa. Cremation will immediately follow.
To send the family an online condolence or for more information, please visit www.NEPAfuneralhome.com