Ankit Desai, MD
Ankit Desai, MD, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson and Sarver Heart Center, is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology.
Dr. Desai is a physician-scientist whose research on cardiovascular disparities in minorities with heart failure and pulmonary hypertension is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association. Dr. Desai’s lab uses cardiac imaging, genomic and molecular biology approaches to develop personalized treatment of pulmonary hypertension and associated heart failure.
Previously, Dr. Desai was an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. He completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago – College of Medicine, internal medicine residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and his cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Dr. Desai serves on several national committees, including the American Heart Association’s Early Career Committee for the Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology and the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences, the Scientific Writing and Consulting Committee for the journal Pulmonary Circulation, and the American College of Cardiology’s Early Career Professionals Section.
He has been a member of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, American Heart Association, American Physician Scientists Association, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Heart Rhythm Society, American Federation for Medical Research, American College of Physicians and American Medical Association.