Pinkal Desai, M.D.


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Biographical Info


Pinkal Desai MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Assistant Attending Physician at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. 

After obtaining her MBBS at Byramjeejeebhoy Medical College in India in 2005, Dr. Desai obtained an MPH at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health.  Following her residency at Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center, she underwent fellowship training in Hematology-Medical Oncology at Providence Hospital Medical Center, serving as Chief Fellow from 2012-2013. Dr. Desai was recruited to serve in our Leukemia Program to develop a clinical practice devoted to leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN). She will be developing clinical and translational research protocols and projects in the areas of leukemia, MDS and MPN.

Dr. Desai is published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers Prevention and International Journal of Molecular Epidemiology and Genetics. She is the lead author and co-author on numerous WHI (Women’s Health Initiative) paper proposals and has presented abstracts at national meetings. She is a member of American Society of Hematology (ASH) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and has served on the ASCO University Committee.

Honors and Awards
  1. 1998   Certificate of Merit for excellence in Chemistry and  Biology - Awarded to top 0.1% of students nationwide in undergraduate exams.
  2. 1998-2004   Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship for Academic Excellence for being in top 5 in academic ranking in state level undergraduate exams
  3. 2012  American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) In-training Scholar Award for meritorious abstract presented at AACR/SABCS
Board Certifications
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine (Hematology)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology)
Clinical Expertise
MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome)
Aplastic Anemia
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
AML (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia)
ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia)
Myeloproliferative Neoplasm
MPN (Myeloproliferative Neoplasm)
  • M.P.H.
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.B.,B.S.
    BJ Medical College, Pune University (India)
  • Charles, Lillian, and Betty Neuwirth Clinical Scholar in Oncology
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Associate Professor of Medicine
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Relationships and collaborations with for-profit and not-for profit organizations are of vital importance to our faculty because these exchanges of scientific information foster innovation. As experts in their fields, WCM physicians and scientists are sought after by many organizations to consult and educate. WCM and its faculty make this information available to the public, thus creating a transparent environment.

AbbVie Inc.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Kura Oncology
Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Other Interest: 
Janssen Research & Development, LLC