Dr. Kaniksha Desai is a board-certified endocrinologist and clinical assistant professor of endocrinology at Stanford University. She completed her endocrinology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, with an emphasis on the management of patients with thyroid cancer. Dr. Desai’s clinical practice focuses on the management of patients with thyroid diseases, including thyroid nodules and thyroid cancers, and the management of patients with pituitary disorders. She also maintains board certification in neck ultrasonography and internal medicine.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • ECNU, American Association of Clinical Endocrinology, Board Certain, Neck Ultrasonography (2016)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (2015)
  • Fellowship: Mayo Clinic Endocrinology Fellowship (2015) FL
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2013)
  • Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University Internal Medicine Residency (2013) VA
  • Medical Education: Wake Forest School of Medicine (2010) NC

Honors & Awards
  • Fellow of American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (FACE), AACE (2021)

Administrative Appointments
  • Clinical Advice Services, Stanford Health Care (2017 - Present)
  • Co-Chair, Clinical Educator Advisory Committee, Stanford School of Medicine (2020 - Present)
  • Endocrinology Quality Director, Stanford Health Care (2018 - Present)
  • Resident and Medical Student Director Endocrinology, Stanford School of Medicine (2018 - Present)


Practice Locations

Endocrinology Clinic at Hoover Pavilion Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

211 Quarry Road, 2nd Floor, Suite 205

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 721-1300

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Endocrinology Clinic at Boswell Building Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive, 1st Floor, Suite A175

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 721-1300

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Head and Neck Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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The doctor made sure to check my mom very well and explained the situation very good. Also made sure we understood and answered some doubts they had.
Dr. Desai performed an FNA biopsy (on the thyroid nodule on my right lobe) She was warm and friendly and spent quite some time doing a thorough biopsy and obtaining sufficient number of samples to perform an Afirma test, if indicated. She took time to explain my condition and answered all the (concerns) questions from my wife.
Dr. Desai is knowledgeable and thorough. She genuinely listens to patient concerns and explains easy to understand solutions. Very compassionate and caring doctor.
I was so relieved speaking w/her. She eased so many of my concerns.
I am very grateful to Dr. Desai for taking me in earlier than my scheduled time.
I'm very satisfied with my care
Dr Desai is very caring and compassionate. She genuinely took her time to listens and answered all my concerns - even giving referral to other doctor. She is so wonderful in all aspects!
Very great.
Dr. Desai is absolutely amazing. Thoughtful, positive, and put my concerns to ease.
I will always recommend this care for anybody that has any medical issues. The service is great.
I have had great satisfaction in the relationship we have with Dr. Desai. She is smart, charming, has the medical knowledge at her fingertips, keeps us up to date on my surgery, complex as the case is, and holds Dr. Holsinger in her communication with us and schedules telephone conferences that come off on time and without a lapsed date. She prepares them, me, my family and our appointed medical situation. She explains everything medically, test results, scan, imaging and lab results. She found my first tumor in one lymph node when many had viewed the scans and ultrasounds but not picked up on it. We trust her completely and admire everything that she is as a doctor and a person of character. She also acknowledges that we come a long way for the appointments and is sensitive to our needs in that way.
Dr. Desai is very friendly and knowledgeable!
Dr Desai was by far the best endo Dr my son has seen. she was concerned about problems outside of his diabetes and wanted to be sure we had a plan for getting those issues cared for.
Dr. Desai immediately put me at ease with her friendly low-key manner. She answered all my questions and totally prepared me for the discomforts of the biopsy (which were minimal.) She gave me a call with the biopsy results one week later.
Dr. Desai is excellent. Intelligent and knowledgeable easy to work with.
Excellenc communication and Dr Desai contacted my cardiologist and was persistent in contacting him as well as me regarding follow up and medication recomendations. Excellent patient care and concern, knowlegable and was easy to understand what my condition and diagnosis is. Excellent Doctor Stanford is well represented by Dr. Desai.
Care provider is friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and spends time with patient. Very good care provider. I appreciate the help from Stanford.
I saw 2 doctors previously and it was the first clear, understandable communication about my condition that I have received.
I was very pleased with my care provider.

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