Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y St., Suite 0101
Sacramento, CA 95817
One Community Health (formerly Cares Community Health)
1500 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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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.
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.
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.
M.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL 2013
M.P.H., Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston MA 2019
B.S.F.S , Georgetown University, Washington DC 2007
Internship: 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
American Board of Internal Medicine,
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease,
American College of Physicians (ACP)
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Infectious Diseases Society of America
International Society for Travel Medicine
Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers
Honors and Awards
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
Select Recent Publications
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.
Desai AN, Ramatowski JW, Lassmann B, Holmes A, Mehtar S, Bearman G. Global infection prevention gaps, needs, and utilization of educational resources: A cross-sectional assessment by the International Society for Infectious Diseases. Int J Infect Dis. 2019 May;82:54-60. doi:10.1016/j.ijid.2019.02.017. Epub 2019 Feb 19. PMID:30794941.
Desai AN, Madoff LC. Bending the epidemic curve: advancements and opportunities to reduce the threat of emerging pathogens. Epidemiol Infect. 2019 Jan;147:e168. doi:10.1017/S095026881900058X. PMID:30955504.
Desai AN, Anyoha A, Madoff LC, Lassmann B. Changing epidemiology of Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks, sporadic cases, and recalls globally: A review of ProMED reports from 1996 to 2018. Int J Infect Dis. 2019 Jul;84:48-53. doi:10.1016/j.ijid.2019.04.021. Epub 2019 Apr 30. PMID:31051276.
Desai AN, Kraemer MUG, Bhatia S, Cori A, Nouvellet P, Herringer M, Cohn EL, Carrion M, Brownstein JS, Madoff LC, Lassmann B. Real-time Epidemic Forecasting: Challenges and Opportunities. Health Secur. 2019 Jul/Aug;17(4):268-275. doi:10.1089/hs.2019.0022. PMID:31433279.
Desai AN, Hurtado RM. Infections and outbreaks of nontuberculous mycobacteria in hospital settings. Curr Treat Options Infect Dis. 2018 Jun;10(2):169-181. doi:10.1007/s40506-018-0165-9. Epub 2018 Apr 25. PMID:30662371.
Terasaki G, Desai A, McKinney CM, Haider MZ. Seroprevalence of Hepatitis B Infection Among Immigrants in a Primary Care Clinic: A Case for Granular Ethnicity and Language Data Collection. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Aug;19(4):987-990. doi:10.1007/s10903-016-0543-7. PMID:28035646.