In choosing a career, I found that medicine allowed me to apply
science to help and change the lives of patients, and more important, allowed
me to form a personal and long-term involvement with individuals of all ages,
backgrounds, and interests. Cardiology transfixed me early: the physiology of
the heart, the physical exam, the breadth and depth of the disease, and the
many tools to actually make a long-term difference.
I believe in
suspending judgement, walking in the patient’s shoes, and educating the patient
about why a medication or procedure will work. Knowing my patient’s wishes and
belief system helps guide me.
Dr. Desai grew up in diverse
places, including Zambia, India, and Los Angeles. When she is not working, Dr.
Desai loves to be outdoors – hiking, swimming, biking, and mainly walking on
the trail near her house. Her other passions include travel, reading, and
live music. However, much of her free time is spent being a mom!
Dr. Desai goes to her children’s
soccer and basketball games, and she enjoys watching Ultimate Frisbee and the
Austin Torch. She also volunteers monthly at Mobile Loaves & Fishes,
and at People’s Community Clinic.
Professional Positions and Honors
Dr. Desai holds these memberships and honors:
- Chief, ARC Cardiology Department
- Fellow, American College of Cardiology
- Texas Medical Association
- Travis County Medical Society
- "Super Doctors," Texas Monthly, 2019, 2020
- Austin’s Top Doctors, Austin Monthly, 2021, 2022