Dr. Desai is a board-certified neurologist, neuro-intensivist, neurophysiologist & ICU-Electroencephalographer. She joined University of New Mexico in 2021. She holds a background in Data Science.

She pursued her training in Neurocritical Care at University of Maryland & R Adam Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, MD. She also gained expertise in Critical Care EEG & Clinical Neurophysiology at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

Dr. Desai is committed to clinical and academic excellence and has served as a role model and a mentor for trainees and students. Her clinical interests lie in utilizing precision medicine and personalized medicine for her patients with an emphasis on a shared decision making process. Her philosophy in clinical care is to be able to support the patients and their families in one of the most difficult & life-changing moments of their life, in addition to providing superlative care for her patients.

Her research & academic interests pertain to applications of multimodal monitoring tools to utilize bio-markers of SBI to predict neuro-worsening, clinical response and clinical outcomes. Her research interest pertains to utilizing informatics tools to analyze complex data sets. Her additional research and clinical interest topics involve tracheostomy in neuro-emergencies, acute liver failure, status epilepticus, Severe Traumatic Brain Injury and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. She has led several multi-center clinical trials and collaborations for the institution and is interested in developing into a prolific & high impact clinical researcher.