Dr. Desai earned his Doctor of Medicine from Tufts University School of Medicine, joined PerformCare in 2009. Through strategic planning and collaboration, he developed a systemwide disease management model for children and adolescents with bipolar disorder. Dr. Desai is also actively involved in the development and maintenance of the Utilization Management Program for services offered through the New Jersey Children’s System of Care. Dr. Desai’s behavioral health career began in 2001 at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Health Systems where he served his residency in general adult psychiatry. He then entered a two-year fellowship program in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Desai began his professional career as a staff psychiatrist at CPC Behavioral Healthcare, where he provided outpatient psychiatric services to adults and children, while starting his own private practice.
While developing his private practice, Dr. Desai went on to serve as a psychiatric consultant for Community Treatment Solutions, a residential program specializing in treating adolescents with a history of trauma.
Dr. Desai continues to maintain a private practice, known as Premium Psychiatry Services of Central New Jersey LLC, where he provides outpatient medication management and psychotherapy services for children and adults and performs school-based consultations and child study team evaluations for several local school districts. He also works as a direct provider of psychiatric services for a local therapeutic school. Board certified in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry, Dr. Desai’s areas of expertise include attention deficit hyperactive disorder and childhood anxiety and mood disorders. In June of 2020, Dr. Desai received Certificate of Additional Training in Sports Psychiatry. He has experience in assessment and treatment of behavioral health conditions in athletes.
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.