Angel N. Desai, M.D., M.P.H. for UC Davis Health

Angel N. Desai, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Clinical Professor

To see if Angel N. Desai is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Infectious Diseases


Internal Medicine

Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Infectious Diseases Clinic
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-2737

One Community Health (formerly Cares Community Health)

One Community Health (formerly Cares Community Health)
1500 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Additional Numbers

Clinic Referral Phone

800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I believe that the foundation of the physician-patient relationship is one of trust, respect, and compassion. I strive to provide my patients with excellent medical care that incorporates familial, social, and environmental factors that may affect the overall wellbeing of each patient.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Desai is an adult infectious disease specialist offering care for patients with various general infectious disease conditions. She has special clinical interest and expertise in emerging infectious diseases, outbreaks, special pathogens, infection prevention and control, and tropical medicine. 

Dr. Desai is also interested in health communication, and has served on the IDSA Digital Strategy Advisory Board, and is a former Fishbein Medical Editorial Fellow for the Journal of the American Medical Association. 

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Desai's research focuses on the epidemiology of emerging infectious diseases using innovative surveillance tools, biosecurity and policy surrounding epidemics, and communicable disease risk communication, particularly in the setting of large-scale disease outbreaks. 

Dr. Desai also studies global migration health and communicable disease epidemiology, with a particular focus on refugees and internally displaced persons. 


Infectious Diseases

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Medical Group

Undergraduate School

B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, Washington DC 2007

Medical School

M.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL 2013

Other School

M.P.H., Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston MA 2019


Internal Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle WA 2013-2014


Internal Medicine: Global Health Pathway, University of Washington, Seattle WA 2013-2016


Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston MA 2016-2019

PandemicTech Fellowship Awardee, 2020

Emerging Leader in Infectious Diseases, International Society for Infectious Diseases, 2019

Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Fellow, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, 2019

David Brudnoy Scholar Award, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2018

Resident Excellence in Teaching Nomination, University of Washington, 2016

Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2013

Desai AN, Ruidera D, Steinbrink JM, Granwehr B, Lee DH. Misinformation and Disinformation: The Potential Disadvantages of Social Media in Infectious Disease and How to Combat Them. Clin Infect Dis. 2022 May 15;74(Suppl_3):e34-e39. doi:10.1093/cid/ciac109. PMID:35568471.

Desai AN, Mohareb AM, Elkarsany MM, Desalegn H, Madoff LC, Lassmann B. Viral Hepatitis E Outbreaks in Refugees and Internally Displaced Populations, sub-Saharan Africa, 2010-2020. Emerg Infect Dis. 2022 May;28(5):1074-1076. doi:10.3201/eid2805.212546. PMID:35447070.

Desai AN, Mohareb AM, Hauser N, Abbara A. Antimicrobial Resistance and Human Mobility. Infect Drug Resist. 2022 Jan 13;15:127-133. doi:10.2147/IDR.S305078. PMID:35046676.

Desai A, Nouvellet P, Bhatia S, Cori A, Lassmann B. Data journalism and the COVID-19 pandemic: opportunities and challenges. Lancet Digit Health. 2021 Oct;3(10):e619-e621. doi:10.1016/S2589-7500(21)00178-3. PMID:34556290.

Millar JA, Dao HDN, Stefopulos ME, Estevam CG, Fagan-Garcia K, Taft DH, Park C, Alruwaily A, Desai AN, Majumder MS. Risk factors for increased COVID-19 case-fatality in the United States: A county-level analysis during the first wave. PLoS One. 2021 Oct 14;16(10):e0258308. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0258308. PMID:34648525.

Bhatia S, Lassmann B, Cohn E, Desai AN, Carrion M, Kraemer MUG, Herringer M, Brownstein J, Madoff L, Cori A, Nouvellet P. Using digital surveillance tools for near real-time mapping of the risk of infectious disease spread. NPJ Digit Med. 2021 Apr 16;4(1):73. doi:10.1038/s41746-021-00442-3. PMID:33864009.

Tarnas MC, Desai AN, Lassmann B, Abbara A. Increase in vector-borne disease reporting affecting humans and animals in Syria and neighboring countries after the onset of conflict: A ProMED analysis 2003-2018. Int J Infect Dis. 2021 Jan;102:103-109. doi:10.1016/j.ijid.2020.09.1453. Epub 2020 Sep 28. PMID:33002614.

Desai AN, Ramatowski JW, Marano N, Madoff LC, Lassmann B. Infectious disease outbreaks among forcibly displaced persons: an analysis of ProMED reports 1996-2016. Confl Health. 2020 Jul 22;14:49. doi:10.1186/s13031-020-00295-9. PMID:32704307.

Livingston E, Desai A, Berkwits M. Sourcing Personal Protective Equipment During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA. 2020 May 19;323(19):1912-1914. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.5317. PMID:32221579.

Desai AN, Seshasayee SM, Majumder MS, Lassmann B, Madoff LC, Cohn EL, Brownstein JS. Tuberculosis and foreign-born populations in the United States: A mixed methods pilot study of media reporting and political identification. PLoS One. 2020 Apr 21;15(4):e0230967. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0230967. PMID:32315312.