• Rishi Desai, MD, MPH
  • Kyle Slinn, RN, BScN, MEd
  • Miguel Quintana, MD
  • Royce Rajan, MD, MBA
  • Antonella Melani, MD
  • Justin Ling, MD, MS
  • Yifan Xiao
  • Salma Ladhani, MD

General information

Oakland, CA

Rishi Desai, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Rishi Desai is a pediatric infectious disease physician with a public health background who currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Osmosis and recently led Khan Academy Medicine. Osmosis generates open-education videos and questions that are available in multiple languages and serves as a personalized learning engine for 400,000+ medical students and clinicians around the world.

Dr. Desai had an accelerated education, completing high school and receiving his BS in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA by the age of 18. He completed his medical training at UCSF and went on to work at medical centers including Boston Children's Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and Stanford University. He earned his MPH in epidemiology at UCLA, and then spent two years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer investigating disease outbreaks, before beginning his work in online medical education.

When he's not at the park with his 2-year-old son, he's eating raspberries and learning Mandarin.


  • ??Desai R??, Choosing to Survive, Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, August 2000, 2: 133-138
  • Koo J, ??Desai R??, Traditional Chinese Medicine in Dermatology, Dermatologic Therapy, October 2003, 16: 98-105
  • Dhawan N, Saeed O, Gupta V, ??Desai R??, Ku M, Bhoi S, Verma S, Utilizing video on myocardial infarction as a health educational intervention in patient waiting areas of the developing world: a study at the emergency department of a major tertiary care hospital in India, Int Arch Med.2008 Jul 29;1(1):14.
  • ??Desai R??, Ross L, Hoffman J, The role of bronchoalveolar lavage galactomannan in the diagnosis of pediatric pulmonary invasive aspergillosis, Pediatr Infect Dis J.2009 Apr;28(4):283-6.
  • Sandora T, ??Desai R??, Miko B, Harper M, Assessing Quality Indicators for Pediatric Community-Acquired Pneumonia, Am J Med Qual.2009 Jun 11
  • ??Desai R??, Pannaraj PS, Agopian J, Sugar CA, Liu GY, Miller LG, Survival and transmission of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from fomites.Am J Infect Control. 2011 Apr;39(3):219-25.
  • ??Desai R??, Curns AT, Patel MM, Parashar UD, Trends in Intussusception-Associated Deaths among USInfants from 1979-2007.J Pediatr. 2011 Sep 16.
  • ??Desai R??, Esposito DH, Lees C, Goodin K, Harris M, Blostein J, Parashar UD. Rotavirus-coded deaths in children, United States, 1999-2007.Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2011 Nov;30(11):986-8.
  • ??Desai R??, Yen C, Wikswo M, Gregoricus NA, Provo JE, Parashar UD, Hall AJ, Transmission of norovirus among NBA players and staff, winter 2010-2011, Clin Infect Dis. 2011 Dec;53(11):1115-7. Epub 2011 Oct 30.
  • WHO, Progress introducing rotavirusvaccine into Latin America and the Caribbean, 2006-2010.Wkly Epidemiol Rec. 2011 Nov 25;86(48):549-54.
  • ??Desai R??, de Oliveira LH, Parashar UD, Lopman B, Tate JE, Patel MM, Reduction in morbidity and mortality from childhood diarrhoeal disease after species A rotavirus vaccine introduction in Latin America ?A Review, Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Vol. 106(8): 907-911, December 2011
  • CDC, Progress in the Introduction of Rotavirus Vaccine ?Latin America and the Caribbean, 2006-2010. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2011 Dec 2;60:1611-4.
  • ??Desai R??, Haberling D, Holman RC, Singleton RJ, Cheek JE, Groom AV, Steiner CA, Parashar UD, Esposito DH, Impact of Rotavirus Vaccineon Diarrhea-associated Disease Burden Among American Indian and Alaska Native Children,Pediatrics. 2012 Apr;129(4):e907-13.
  • ??Desai R??, Parashar UD, Lopman B, de Oliveira LH, Clark AD, Sanderson CF, Tate JE, Matus CR, Andrus JK, Patel MM, Potential Intussusception Risk versus Health Benefits from Rotavirus Vaccination in Latin America, Clin Infect Dis.2012 May;54(10):1397-405.
  • ??Desai R??, Lopman B, Shimshoni Y, Harris J, Patel MM, Parashar UD, Using internet search data to monitor impact of rotavirus vaccination in the United States, Clin Infect Dis.2012 May;54(9):e115-8.
  • ??Desai R??, Hembree CD, Handel A, Matthews JE, Dickey BW, McDonald S, Hall AJ, Parashar UD, Leon JS, Lopman B, Severe outcomes are associated with genogroup 2 genotype 4 norovirus outbreaks: A systematic literature review, Clin Infect Dis.2012 Jul;55(2):189-93.
  • ??Desai R??, Curns A, Steiner C, Tate JE, Patel MM, Parashar UD, All Cause Gastroenteritis and Rotavirus-Coded Hospitalizations among US Children from 2000-2009, Clin Infect Dis.2012 Aug;55(4):e28-34.
  • Patel MM, Glass R, ??Desai R??, Tate JE, Parashar UD, Fulfilling the promise of rotavirus vaccines: how far have we come since licensure? Lancet Infect Dis.2012 Jul;12(7):561-70.
  • ??Desai R??, Hall AJ, Lopman BA, Shimshoni Y, Rennick M, Efron N, Matias Y, PatelMM, Parashar UD, Norovirus Disease Surveillance Using Google Internet Query Share Data, Clin Infect Dis.2012 Oct;55(8):e75-8.
  • Cardemil C, Cortese M, Medina-Marino A, Jasuja S, ??Desai R??, Leung J, Rodriguez-Hart C, Villaruel G, Howland J, Quaye O, Tam K, Bowen M, Parashar U, Gerber S, Rotavirus Investigationteam. Two Rotavirus Outbreaks Caused by Genotype G2P?4? at Large Retirement Communities. Ann Intern Med.2012 Nov 6;157(9):621-31.
  • ??Desai R??, Cortese M, Meltzer M, Shankar M, Tate J, Yen C, Patel MM, Parashar UD, Potential Intussusception Risk versus Benefits of Rotavirus Vaccination in the United States, Pediatr Infect Dis J.2013 Jan;32(1):1-7.
  • CDC, Norovirus Outbreak at a Youth Basketball Tournament, Kentucky 2012. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2012 June 29; 61(25);471-471.
  • Trivedi T, ??Desai R??, Hall AJ, Patel MM, Parashar UD, Lopman B, Clinical characteristics of norovirus-associated deaths: A systematic literature review. Am J Infect Control. 2013 Jul;41(7):654-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2012.08.002. Epub 2012 Dec 21. Review.
  • Kang G, ??Desai R??, Arora R, Chitamabar S, Naik TN, Krishnan T, Deshpande J, Gupte MD, Venkatasubramaniam S, Gentsch JR, Parashar UD; Indian Rotavirus Strain Surveillance Network, Mathew A, Anita Sr, Ramani S, Sowmynarayanan TV, Moses PD,Agarwal I, Simon A, Bose A, Arora R, Chhabra P, Fadnis P, Bhatt J, Shetty SJ, Saxena VK, Mathur M, Jadhav A, Roy S, Mukherjee A, Singh NB. Diversity of circulating rotavirus strains in children hospitalized with diarrhea in India, 2005-2009. Vaccine. 2013Jun 12;31(27):2879-83. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.04.030. Epub 2013 Apr 23.
  • Esparza-Aguilar M, Gastañaduy PA, Sánchez-Uribe E, ??Desai R??, Parashar UD, Richardson V, Patel M, Diarrhoea-related hospitalizations in children before and after implementation of monovalent rotavirus vaccination in Mexico. Bull World Health Organ. 2014 Feb 1;92(2):117-25. doi: 10.2471/BLT.13.125286. Epub 2013 Nov 20.
  • Wikswo ME, ??Desai R??, Edwards KM, Staat MA, Szilagyi PG, Weinberg GA, Curns AT, Lopman B, Vinjé J, Parashar UD, PayneDC, Hall AJ, Clinical profile of children with norovirus disease in rotavirus vaccine era. Wikswo. Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 Oct;19(10):1691-3. doi: 10.3201/eid1910.130448.
  • Gastañaduy PA, Sánchez-Uribe E, Esparza-Aguilar M, ??Desai R??, Parashar UD, Patel M, Richardson V. Effect of rotavirus vaccine on diarrhea mortality in different socioeconomic regions of Mexico.Pediatrics. 2013 Apr;131(4):e1115-20. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-2797. Epub 2013 Mar 4.
  • DeFilippis EM, Jaigirdar T, Gaglani SM, Sakumoto M, Punwani V, ??Desai R??, Haynes MR, Painter MW. Open Osmosis: A Library of Open Educational Resources (OER) for Medical Education, Innovations in Global Healthcare Professions Education. (December 2015).
  • DeFilippis EM, Jaigirdar T, Gaglani SM, Sakumoto M, Punwani V, ??Desai R??, Haynes MR, Painter M. Open Osmosis: Library of Open Educational Resources (OER) for Medical Education. Innovations in Global Health Professions Education. 2015 Dec 16.
  • Tackett S, Slinn K, Marshall T, Gaglani S, Waldman V, ??Desai R?? Medical education videos for the world: an analysis of viewing patterns for a YouTube channel.Acad Med. In Press.