• Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, CWRU School of Medicine


  • Gender: Female
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Ankita P. Desai, MD, is a physician in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Rheumatology and Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. She is Assistant Professor, Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Desai is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. Her special interest is the responsible use of antibiotics and microbiology.

She earned her undergraduate degree cum laude from The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, and received her medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio. Dr. Desai completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, and a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. Desai joined the UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital staff in 2013. Her research interests include pediatric pneumonia and causes of fever in children with cancer.

Dr. Desai has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at medical meetings. She is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Society for Microbiology.

Research Interests

Pediatric pneumonia
Causes of fever in children with cancer

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Education & Training


2002, University of Akron

Medical / Professional School(s)

2006, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)


2009, Pediatrics - Children's National Medical Center


2013, Pediatric Infectious Diseases - Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - Egleston Hospital


Microbiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship

Office Locations

UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Department of Pediatrics-Infectious Disease
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
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Pediatric Specialties
5850 Landerbrook Dr
UH Landerbrook Health Center, Ste 220
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
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