Dr. Tushar Desai specializes clinically in the treatment of general pulmonary and Interstitial Lung Diseases like Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). He has practiced pulmonary medicine since 2002.
Dr. Desai conducts basic and translational research on lung stem cells that repair and regenerate the lung after injury, and their role in diseases like IPF, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and lung adenocarcinoma. His lab also studies the molecular signals that regulate lung stem cell activity, and how the signals can be manipulated to restore their activity. He participates in research involving gene correction of CFTR in lung stem cells from patients with Cystic fibrosis followed by autologous stem cell transplantation to provide lifelong restoration of physiological activity.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Fellowship: Boston University Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship (2002) MA
  • Residency: University of Michigan Health System Internal Medicine Residency (1998) MI
  • MD, MPH, Tufts University School of Medicine (1995)
  • BA, Amherst College, Psychology (1991)

Honors & Awards
  • Elected Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation (2019)
  • House Officer Research Award, University of Michigan Hospitals, Department of Internal Medicine (1998)
  • Lung Force Gala Honoree, American Lung Association (2018)
  • Robert A. and Gertrude T. Hudson Endowed Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine (2020)
  • Robert Dawson Evans Fellow Excellence in Teaching Award, Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine (2000)
  • Stanford Medical Student Teaching Recognition, Stanford University School of Medicine (2011-2014)
  • Woods Family Endowed Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine, Stanford Child Health Research Institute (2016-2021)
  • Worth F. Bloom M25 Prize, Tufts University School of Medicine (1995)

Administrative Appointments
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Stem Cell Biology PhD program (2021 - Present)
  • Director of Translational Lung Biology, Department of Medicine (2020 - Present)


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Practice Locations

Chest Clinic in Palo Alto Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive, 1st Floor, Room A175

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 725-7061

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Patient Reviews

(15 reviews)

All care excellent I would gladly recommend all.
Dr. Desai is an excellent doctor. He always listen. I like him also.
Dr. Desai is an outstanding clinician Dr. Desai is a brilliant researcher who is very compassionate to his patients.
Outstanding pulmonary physician.
Everyone cares so much.
Dr. Lam - excellent.
Very good experience.
Dr. Desai if properly funded will receive a Nobel Prize in lung stem cell research and will save thousands of lives of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis patients. Dr. Desai is an outstanding clinician and very compassionate.
Dr. Desai is always outstanding. He even called me at home to discuss test results. Outstanding pt.-doctor relationship.
Yes I would recommend anytime.
I like Dr. Desai very much he seems to care. His nurse Virginia is great.
Excellent. Dr. Desai - outstanding expect him to win Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. Desai is brilliant and compassionate. I expect him to get a NOBEL PRIZE in lung stem cells.
Dr. Desai is always for informative and explains everything in terms easily understood. He is a wonderful doctor & I like him very much. Very caring.

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