Dr. Desai earned his Doctorate of Medicine with Distinction in Research and Alpha Omega Alpha honors from Albany Medical College, after completing the six-year BS/MD program in conjunction with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During his latter years of medical school, he was selected as a scholar of the Clinical Research Training Program at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health, a clinical fellowship geared towards the development of translational researchers. He then went on to residency at Stanford University (General Surgery) and UCSF (Diagnostic Radiology), followed by fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Northwestern University. He was a private practice adult Interventional and Diagnostic Radiologist for ten years. In July 2016, he returned to fellowship for an advanced training year with a focus on Pediatric Interventional Radiology, at Children’s Hospital of Boston. Subsequently, he joined Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX), on the staff at Texas Children’s Hospital. He currently provides interventional care to adult and pediatric patients.
In his time outside of the clinic, he serves as a consultant to multiple established and start-up medical companies (TVA Medical, Exit BD/Bard 2018), Scientific Advisor to Santé Ventures (Austin, TX) and Chief Editor for Interventional Radiology at CSurgeries.com. Previously he was an invited advisor to the Rice University Jones School of Business (Technology Entrepreneurship) and a member of the Advisory Council for the Masters in Clinical Translation Management at the St. Thomas (Houston, TX) University Cameron School of Business. He has been appointed to multiple committees for the Society of Interventional Radiology and has lectured at multiple SIR annual meetings. He is the Chief Editor for IR Quarterly, a distribution of the SIR.
As President/Founder of the Houston chapter of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (www.sopenet.org), and a Member of the SoPE International Board of Directors, Dr. Desai works to engage physicians interested in innovation and idea development, as well as to provide mechanisms and insights to assist early-stage companies in tackling the many challenges to successful exits.