Sanjay Desai, MD
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose - 04/01/2020


Sanjay Desai is the Myron L. Weisfeldt Professor of Medicine and serves as the Director of the Osler Medical Residency and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineHe is an accomplished clinician, researcher, educator, and administrator with appointments in Pulmonary and Critical Care, General Internal Medicine, as well as with the Carey School of Business.


Dr. Desai is an active clinician caring for patients in the medical intensive care unit, as well as the COVID-19 ICU, at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Before returning to Hopkins, he was Director of the medical ICU at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center, the largest hospital in Washington D.C.  Dr. Desai has been widely recognized for his skills as an educator, including receiving the coveted C. Lockard Conley Award for Outstanding Educator from the Maryland ACP and the Johns Hopkins University Professors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching


Dr. Desai focuses his research on graduate medical education (GME), believing high-quality data are required to inform policy and practice.  He chaired the Executive Committee of the iCOMPARE study group whose outcomes were published in a series of articles in the New England Journal of Medicine.  This research influenced national policies by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  He is currently the Principle Investigator for an American Medical Association grant designed to “Reimagine Residency,establishing a multi-institutional laboratory to measure how to optimize clinical skill and well-being in GME.


In his roles as the Residency Program Director and Vice Chair for Education, He is responsible for the operations of the largest single clinical service in the Johns Hopkins Health System, including managing its changes during the pandemic. He also oversees all educational programming in the Department of Medicine for medical students, trainees and faculty. Dr. Desai built innovative programs to recruit, develop and retain physicians in global health, patient safety, physician science, medical education and health systems management.  He has additionally developed training programs for physician in India and consulted on similar efforts in China. Finally, Dr. Desai is also leader in the Hopkins Business of Health Initiative studying healthcare innovations and building initiatives between the Schools of Medicine, Business, and Public Health.


Dr. Desai grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of science in bioengineering and a bachelor of economics from the Wharton School of Business in healthcare management.  He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency and subspecialty fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where is also served as a Chief Resident. During his training, he spent two years as a consultant for McKinsey & Company working in a variety of industries in the US and in South East Asia.  Dr. Desai lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and twin boys.

SV Desai BIO Updated MAR 2021