Memorial Sloan Kettering internist & supportive care specialist Anjali Desai

Anjali Varma Desai, MD

Internist

Clinical Expertise

Hospital Medicine; Internal Medicine; Palliative Medicine/Supportive Care; Pain Management

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About Me

Education

MD, New York University School of Medicine

Residencies

Internal Medicine - New York University School of Medicine

Fellowships

Hospice & Palliative Medicine - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine

I am a board-certified internal medicine physician who specializes in supportive care for people with cancer. The goal of my work is to help people cope with cancer and its treatments. I also coordinate the comprehensive care of patients while they are in the hospital. In this role, I have a special focus on caring for people with gastrointestinal cancers. I strive to provide my patients and their families with high-quality care centered on their needs and priorities.

As a member of the Supportive Care Service, I have special training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. I focus on treating patients’ symptoms with the goal of improving their quality of life. I also focus on providing care that is in line with their core values, goals, and preferences. An important part of my work is to provide guidance when discussing goals of care with patients and families.

I am part of a team that includes nurses, chaplains, and social workers who help patients achieve the best quality of life possible regardless of disease stage, treatment phase, or prognosis. In addition, I assist them in locating health care resources available in their own communities, including home care, nursing help, full-time supportive care programs, and hospice services, if appropriate, as well as chaplaincy services, psychiatric follow-up care, and counseling services for patients and their families.

In addition to my clinical role, I conduct research exploring the early integration of supportive care within oncology. I am currently pursuing my Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology & Health Services Research at Weill Cornell Medical College to further facilitate this research. I also participate in multiple quality improvement committees within the Department of Medicine at MSK.

I am deeply passionate about the education of medical students, house staff, and fellows, as we work together to provide outstanding, patient-centered, and compassionate care for all of our patients and their families.

Awards and Honors

  • MSK Frances Young Tang Research Fellow in Palliative Medicine (2016-2017)

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Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Desai’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.