Dr. Desai completed his undergraduate and his medical doctorate degrees from Tufts University. For postgraduate medical training, he completed a General Adult Psychiatry residency at University of Maryland/ Sheppard Pratt and a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Desai started his private practice in Freehold, New Jersey, where he provides medication management and psychotherapy services. Dr. Desai’s areas of expertise include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Mood Disorders, in addition to school-based psychiatric consultation services. In 2020, Dr. Desai completed a Certificate of Additional Training in Sports Psychiatry which involves the assessment and management of behavioral health conditions in athletes. Dr. Desai provides comprehensive diagnostic assessment and holistic treatment services for athletes across all levels of competition, ranging from student athletes to elite, professional athletes. As an additional facet to his Sports Psychiatry work, Dr. Desai completes Therapeutic Use Exemption Evaluations and manages treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in professional baseball players. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Desai is the Medical Director for Perform Care, New Jersey, the Contracted Systems Administrator for the State of New Jersey. He is primarily responsible for completing utilization management reviews for youth and families in need of behavioral health treatment services that are offered through the New Jersey Children’s System of Care. As the Medical Director, Dr. Desai is an integral member of the Quality Improvement Committee, which is responsible for Perform Care’s Outlier Management Program and the Enhanced Care Coordination initiatives. He is also involved in data analysis and presentation of quality improvement reports which are presented to members of the State Quality Improvement Steering Committee. In September of 2023, Dr. Desai received the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality through the National Association in Healthcare Quality. In January of 2023, Dr. Desai was elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
As a psychiatrist, Dr. Desai believes in a comprehensive, holistic treatment approach that consists of the combination of pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic treatment, in addition to providing psychosocial resources.
As a media consultant, he has written and co-authored several articles on child and adolescent behavioral health issues, including psychotropic medications, medical marijuana, and the effects of computer screen time on youth.