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Ami V. Desai, MD, MSCE

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Ami Desai, MD, provides dedicated, compassionate care to children who have been diagnosed with cancer and blood diseases, with a focus on solid tumors such as neuroblastoma and sarcomas. Dr. Desai has a particular interest in investigating and developing novel treatments for childhood cancers.

Along with her clinical expertise, Dr. Desai is also using pharmacology and biomarker data to explore new therapies for solid tumors.. Through this research, she is examining how the body reacts to drug treatments in order to reduce toxicity, improve patient response to medication and enhance overall health and outcomes. Dr. Desai has served as the lead investigator in multiple research studies and her work has been published in peer-review journals such as: Pediatric Blood and Cancer, Cancer Chemotherapy Pharmacology and the Bone Marrow Transplantation.

Practice Location

The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital 
5721 S. Maryland Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

General Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Medical School

Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, NJ

Internship and Residency

Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, CT


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA

Additional Graduate Degree

MSCE, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


American Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Children's Oncology Group
American Association for Cancer Research
Connective Tissue Oncology Society

Language(s) Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-6808

Office Fax

(773) 702-9881

Office Postal Address

Ami V. Desai, MD, MSCE
University of Chicago Medical Center
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 4060
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Solid Tumors
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Sarcomas
  • Cancer Predisposition
  • Developmental Therapeutics

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