Ankit Desai, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP

Ankit Desai, MD, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson and Sarver Heart Center, is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology.

Dr. Desai is a physician-scientist whose research on cardiovascular disparities in minorities with heart failure and pulmonary hypertension is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association. Dr. Desai’s lab uses cardiac imaging, genomic and molecular biology approaches to develop personalized treatment of pulmonary hypertension and associated heart failure.  

Previously, Dr. Desai was an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. He completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago – College of Medicine, internal medicine residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and his cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Dr. Desai serves on several national committees, including the American Heart Association’s Early Career Committee for the Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology and the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences, the Scientific Writing and Consulting Committee for the journal Pulmonary Circulation, and the American College of Cardiology’s Early Career Professionals Section.

He has been a member of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, American Heart Association, American Physician Scientists Association, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Heart Rhythm Society, American Federation for Medical Research, American College of Physicians and American Medical Association.

Research Interests: 

Dr. Desai is a physician-scientist whose research on cardiovascular disparities in minorities with heart failure and pulmonary hypertension is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association. Dr. Desai’s lab uses cardiac imaging, genomic and molecular biology approaches to develop personalized treatment of pulmonary hypertension and associated heart failure.

Degrees
  • BA: University of Chicago, 1999
  • MD: University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003
Honors and Awards
  • Affiliate, Pulmonary Hypertension Association
  • Affiliate, American Heart Association
  • Affiliate, American Physician Scientists Association
  • Affiliate, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
  • Affiliate, Heart Rhythm Society
  • Affiliate, American Federation for Medical Research
  • Affiliate, American College of Physicians
  • Affiliate, American Medical Association
Residency
  • California Pacific Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2003-2006
Fellowship
  • University of Chicago Hospital, Cardiology, 2006-2010
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine - General
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease - Subspecialty

Select Publications

2017

Kumar, iv, S., X. Sun, S. Kumar Noonepalle, Q. Lu, E. Zemskov, T. Wang, S. Aggarwal, C. Gross, S. Sharma, A. A. Desai, et al., "Hyper-activation of pp60(Src) limits nitric oxide signaling by increasing asymmetric dimethylarginine levels during acute lung injury.", Free Radic Biol Med, vol. 102, pp. 217-228, 2017 Jan. PMID: 27838434
Wang, T., C. Gross, A. A. Desai, E. Zemskov, X. Wu, A. N. Garcia, J. R. Jacobson, J. X. - J. Yuan, J. G. N. Garcia, and S. M. Black, "Endothelial cell signaling and ventilator-induced lung injury: molecular mechanisms, genomic analyses, and therapeutic targets.", Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol, vol. 312, issue 4, pp. L452-L476, 2017 Apr 01. PMID: 27979857
Song, S., R. J. Ayon, A. Yamamura, H. Yamamura, S. Dash, A. Babicheva, H. Tang, X. Sun, A. G. Cordery, Z. Khalpey, et al., "Capsaicin-induced Ca(2+) signaling is enhanced via upregulated TRPV1 channels in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells from patients with idiopathic PAH.", Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol, vol. 312, issue 3, pp. L309-L325, 2017 Mar 01. PMID: 27979859
Palumbo, S., Y-J. Shin, K. Ahmad, A. A. Desai, H. Quijada, M. Mohamed, A. Knox, S. Sammani, B. A. Colson, T. Wang, et al., "Dysregulated Nox4 ubiquitination contributes to redox imbalance and age-related severity of acute lung injury.", Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol, vol. 312, issue 3, pp. L297-L308, 2017 Mar 01. PMID: 28062482

2016

Tang, H., A. A. Desai, and J. X. - J. Yuan, "Genetic Insights into Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Application of Whole-Exome Sequencing to the Study of Pathogenic Mechanisms.", Am J Respir Crit Care Med, vol. 194, issue 4, pp. 393-7, 2016 Aug 15. PMCID: PMC5003333  PMID: 27525458