Dr. Desai is a general and transplant surgeon specializing in liver, kidney, pancreas and intestinal transplantation, as well as open and laparoscopic hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, portal hypertensive vascular decompression procedures and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. Dr. Desai is also head of pediatric abdominal transplantation at Children’s Medical Center.


Graduate School University of California at San Francisco (1994)
Medical School University of California, San Francisco (1995)
Internship Stanford University Hospital (1996), General Surgery
Residency Stanford University Hospital (1997), General Surgery
Research Fellowship Stanford University Hospital (1998), General Surgery
Residency Stanford University Hospital (2001), General Surgery
Fellowship Stanford University Hospital (2003), Transplant Surgery

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Pediatric Kidney Transplantation
  • Pediatric Liver/Intestine Transplant
  • Transplant Immunology


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Half-Life Analysis of Pancreas and Kidney Transplants.
Marroquin, Edwards, Collins, Desai, Tuttle-Newhall, Kuo Transplantation 2005 80 272-275
Gastrointestinal hemorrhage due to complicated gastroduodenal ulcer disease in liver transplant patients taking sirolimus.
Smith, Bai, Marroquin, Tuttle-Newhall, Desai, Collins, Muir, Kuo, McHutchinson, Rockey. Clinical Transplantation 2005 19 250-254
The current status of living donor liver transplantation.
Tuttle-Newhall, Collins, Desai, Kuo, Heneghan Current Problems in Surgery 2005 42(3) 144-183
Perioperative Management of Special Populations: Immunocompromised Host
Desai, Kuo Surgery Clinics of North America 2005 85(6) 1267-1282

Honors & Awards

  • ASTS-Novartis
    Fellowship in Transplantation (2001)
  • International Pediatric Transplant Association
    Travel Grant (2000)
  • Stanford University School of Medicine
    John Henry Smith Award (2000)
  • Transplantation Society
    Travel Grant (2000)
  • Pfizer/American College of Surgeson
    Travel Award (1999)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • International Pediatric Transplant Association
  • Society of University Surgeons
  • United Network of Organ Sharing