Akshay Patel graduated in 2012 as a medical doctor from the University of London, having completed his pre-clinical training at the University of Cambridge in 2009. In 2014, he commenced his specialist training in Cardiothoracic surgery. In 2022, he was awarded his PhD for his work in lung cancer immunobiology. Currently, he is a sixth year resident in Thoracic Surgery in the West Midlands deanery. His areas of interest are minimally invasive thoracic surgery and translational lung cancer biology.