Rishi Desai, MD

  • Rishi Desai
  • “The most important thing I do is educate patients and families about their health.”

Engaging with people — the human part of medicine is why I became a physician. I enjoy talking with my young patients. Kids have complex and interesting emotions, and as we start talking about their medical condition, the conversation always opens up into other areas of their life.

Infectious disease is a field where I get to use my mind, not my hands. It's one of a handful of specialties where the doctor doesn't do any procedures. Instead, I spend my time listening to my patients and learning about their symptoms in order to help determine what condition they have.

The most important thing I do is educate patients and families about their health. There's a myth that patients can't understand their own health and wellness. More than anything, I love being a health educator and communicating scientific information in a way that patients and families can understand. It's easy to prescribe medication. What's hard is getting people to understand the implications of a certain condition and their own body's health. Being able to help people understand how to care for their wellness makes my job so rewarding.


Infectious Disease

Trabajo y Educación

Formación Profesional

University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA, 2004


Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 2005


Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 2007


Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2010

Certificaciones Médicas

Pediatric Infectious Disease, American Board of Pediatrics

Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics