Nirav K.  Desai

Nirav K. Desai, MD

Medical Director, Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program

Instructor, Harvard Medical School

    Contact: 617-355-6058
  • Fax: 617-730-0495

Medical Services


  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • Gastroenterology
  • Liposarcoma
  • Obesity


  • Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition


  • Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program
  • Preventive Cardiology Clinic
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Experience and Education



Rutgers University, 2001

New Brunswick, NJ

Medical School

University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2005

New Brunswick, NJ


St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, 2005-2006

Philadelphia, PA


St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, 2006-2008

Philadelphia, PA


Boston Children's Hospital, 2008-2011

Boston, MA


  • Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology


Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles
  1. Zachariah JP, Chan J, Mendelson MM, Regh T, Griggs S, Johnson PK, Desai N, Gillman M, Graham D, de Ferranti SD. Adolescent Dyslipidemia and Standardized Lifestyle Modification: Benchmarking Real-World Practice. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 Nov 08; 68(19):2122-2123.
  2. Desai NK, Wulkan ML, Inge TH. Update on Adolescent Bariatric Surgery. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2016 Sep; 45(3):667-76.
  3. Mendelson MM, Regh T, Chan J, Baker A, Ryan HH, Palumbo N, Johnson PK, Griggs S, Boghani M, Desai NK, Yellen E, Buckley L, Gillman MW, Zachariah JP, Graham D, de Ferranti SD. Correlates of Achieving Statin Therapy Goals in Children and Adolescents with Dyslipidemia. J Pediatr. 2016 Nov; 178:149-155.e9.
  4. Desai NK, Harney S, Raza R, Al-Ibraheemi A, Shillingford N, Mitchell PD, Jonas MM. Comparison of Controlled Attenuation Parameter and Liver Biopsy to Assess Hepatic Steatosis in Pediatric Patients. J Pediatr. 2016 Jun; 173:160-164.e1.
  5. Desai NK, Leitman IM, Mills C, Lavarias V, Lucido DL, Karpeh MS. Open repair of large abdominal wall hernias with and without components separation; an analysis from the ACS-NSQIP database. Ann Med Surg (Lond). 2016 May; 7:14-9.
  6. Patel AM, Brautbar A, Desai NK, Wilson DP. Severe hypercholesterolemia and liver disease in a 3-year old. J Clin Lipidol. 2016 May-Jun; 10(3):650-3.
  7. McGinty S, Richmond TK, Desai NK. Managing adolescent obesity and the role of bariatric surgery. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2015 Aug; 27(4):434-41.
  8. Desai NK, Ooi EM, Mitchell PD, Furtado J, Sacks FM. Metabolism of apolipoprotein A-II containing triglyceride rich ApoB lipoproteins in humans. Atherosclerosis. 2015 Aug; 241(2):326-33.
  9. Joshi M, Eagan J, Desai NK, Newton SA, Towne MC, Marinakis NS, Esteves KM, De Ferranti S, Bennett MJ, McIntyre A, Beggs AH, Berry GT, Agrawal PB. A compound heterozygous mutation in GPD1 causes hepatomegaly, steatohepatitis, and hypertriglyceridemia. Eur J Hum Genet. 2014 Oct; 22(10):1229-32.
  10. Ghosh C, Marchi N, Desai NK, Puvenna V, Hossain M, Gonzalez-Martinez J, Alexopoulos AV, Janigro D. Cellular localization and functional significance of CYP3A4 in the human epileptic brain. Epilepsia. 2011 Mar; 52(3):562-71.
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  12. Marchi N, Teng Q, Ghosh C, Fan Q, Nguyen MT, Desai NK, Bawa H, Rasmussen P, Masaryk TK, Janigro D. Blood-brain barrier damage, but not parenchymal white blood cells, is a hallmark of seizure activity. Brain Res. 2010 Sep 24; 1353:176-86.
  13. Tian JY, Sørensen ES, Butler WT, Lopez CA, Sy MS, Desai NK, Denhardt DT. Regulation of no synthesis induced by inflammatory mediators in RAW264.7 cells: collagen prevents inhibition by osteopontin. Cytokine. 2000 May; 12(5):450-7.
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