Lesley Nishio Desmond, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Lesley Nishio Desmond, M.D.

Associate Physician

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Pediatrics General

Locations and Contact

UC Davis Midtown Ambulatory Care Center

UC Davis Medical Group - Midtown Pediatrics
3160 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95816

Get Directions

Phone: 916-734-5846

Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-UCD-4-KIDS (800-823-4543)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Desmond’s ultimate goal is to work collaboratively with your family to help your child reach their fullest potential. She seeks to anticipate your family’s needs to prevent problems. Dr. Desmond has two young children herself, so she understands the importance of developing a trusting relationship with your family's pediatrician. She wants you to feel comfortable approaching her with any concerns you may have about your child and looks forward to celebrating your child's successes together! 

Clinical Interests

Dr. Desmond is a general pediatrician offering care for children of all backgrounds. She has a passion for preventative medicine and family education. 

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Desmond’s clinical interests include preventative medicine and patient/family education. She has researched parental educational sources across various platforms including social media. Dr. Desmond seeks to be a source of trustworthy health advice for her patients and families. 


General Pediatrics

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital

Undergraduate School

B.S., UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara CA 2010

Medical School

M.D., University of Queensland- Ochsner Clinical School, Brisbane, QLD, Australia and New Orleans, LA, USA 2018


Pediatrics, University of Southern California + Los Angeles County, Los Angeles CA 2019-2020


Pediatrics, UC Davis Children's Hospital, Sacramento CA 2020-2022

Best Scholarly Project Oral Presentation, Presented by Dr. Su-Ting Li, Residency Directory, at UC Davis Pediatric Scholarly Project Symposium, Sacramento, CA, 2022

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Ochsner Clinical School, Presented by Dr. Leonardo Seoane, Interim Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer, New Orleans, LA, 2018

University of Queensland Summer Research Scholarship, Presented by the University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine, Brisbane, Australia, 2018

Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence, Presented by the University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine, Brisbane, Australia, 2015, 2017, 2018

Student Ambassador, Ochsner Clinical School, Presented by Dr. Leonardo Seoane, Head of Ochsner Clinical School, New Orleans, LA, 2018

Desmond LN, Steele RW. A Clear-Cut Case of Diabetes? Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 Aug;57(9):1129-1131. doi: 10.1177/0009922817748399. 

Desmond LN, Fletcher MB, Warrier RP. Fever and Leg Pain: Consider ALL the Diagnoses. Ochsner J. 2019 May;19(3):260-263. doi: 10.31486/toj.18.0122.