Kavita A. Desai, MD

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Kavita A. Desai, MD, is an attending physician with the Division of Oncology and an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - St. George's University School of Medicine, True Blue, Grenada 


Pediatrics, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Miami, FL


Pediatric Hematology Oncology, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX

Neuro-Oncology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Instructor, Division of Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services

Selected Publications


Zapata CP, Cuglievan B, Zapata CM, Olavarrieta R, Raskin S, Desai K, and De Angulo G.: PET/CT versus bone marrow biopsy in the initial evaluation of bone marrow infiltration in various pediatric malignancies. Pediatr Blood Cancer 65(2), Feb 2018.

Leadership and Memberships

2016-Present, Children's Oncology Group

2016-Present, The American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology