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Arati Desai, MD

Arati Desai, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Desai is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Medical Oncology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2012
  • Medical Oncology, 2008

Clinical Expertise:

  • Brain Tumors

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Abramson Cancer Center

    Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine West Pavilion, 2nd Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-7366 (PENN)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Kentucky
Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Fellowship: UCSF Medical Center and Hospital
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital


Adult Brain Tumor Consortium, National American Society of Clinical Oncology, International Society for Neuro-Oncology, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Desai is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Evans Sydney M, Putt Mary, Yang Xiang-Yang, Lustig Robert A, Martinez-Lage Maria, Williams Dewight, Desai Arati, Wolf Ronald, Brem Steven, Koch Cameron J: Initial evidence that blood-borne microvesicles are biomarkers for recurrence and survival in newly diagnosed glioblastoma patients. Journal of neuro-oncology : 2016.

S. Wang, M. Martinez-Lage, Y. Sakai, S. Chawla, S.G. Kim, M. Alonso-Basanta, R.A. Lustig, S. Brem, S. Mohan, R.L. Wolf, A. Desai,and H. Poptani : Differentiating Tumor Progression from Pseudoprogression in Patients with Glioblastomas Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Dynamic Susceptibility Contrast MRI American Journal of Neuroradiology 37 : 28-36,2016.

Donald M. O'Rourke, MacLean Nasrallah, Jennifer J. Morrissette, Jan J. Melenhorst, Simon F. Lacey, Keith Mansfield, Maria Martinez-Lage, Arati Suvas Desai, Steven Brem, Eileen Maloney, Suyash Mohan, Sumei Wang, Gaurav Verma, Jean-Marc Navenot, Angela Shen, Zhaohui Zheng, Bruce Levine, Hideho Okada, Carl H. June, Marcela Valderrama Maus; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicin: Pilot study of T cells redirected to EGFRvIII with a chimeric antigen receptor in patients with EGFRvIII+ glioblastoma. ASCO Annual Meeting, Journal of Clinical Oncology 34, 2016 (suppl; abstr 2061) 34 : 2016.

Steven Brem, Eric T. Wong, Arati Desai, Yi Fan, and Edward Pan: Angiogenesis and Brain Tumors: Scientific Principles, Current Therapy, and Future Directions Youmans and Winn Neurological Surgery 7th Edition. Chapter 116. : 2016.

Donald O’Rourke, Arati Desai, Jennifer Morrissette, Maria Martinez-Lage, MacLean Nasrallah, Steven Brem, Eileen Maloney, Angela Shen, SuyashMohan, SumeiWang, GauravVerma, Simon Lacey, Jan Melenhorst, Jean-Marc Navenot, Zhaohui Zheng, Bruce Levine, HidehoOkada, Carl June, and Marcela Maus: PILOT STUDY OF T CELLS REDIRECTED TO EGFRvIII WITH A CHIMERIC ANTIGEN RECEPTOR IN PATIENTS WITH EGFRvIII1 GLIOBLASTOMA Neuro-Oncology 17 (IMCT-15): 2015.

Matthias Holdhoff, Martin A. Lodge, Asim K. Bag, L. Burt Nabors, Akiva Mintz, Glenn J. Lesser, David A. Mankoff, Arati S. Desai, Frank S. Lieberman, Jeffrey Leal, Joy D. Fisher, Serena Desideri, Xiaobu Ye, Stuart A. Grossman, David Schiff, and Richard L. Wahl: RESULTS OF EXPLORATORY 18F-FLT PET IMAGING IN TEN RECURRENT HIGH-GRADE GLIOMA PATIENTS TREATED WITH THE SELECTIVE T-TYPE CALCIUM CHANNEL BLOCKER MIBEFRADIL FOLLOWED BY TEMOZOLOMIDE (ABTC TRIAL 1101) Neuro-Oncology 17 (NIMG-35): 2015.

Jianhua Zhao, Shrey Sukhadia, Alan Fox, David Lieberman, Barnett Li, Robert D. Daber, Matthew C. Hiemenz, David B. Roth, Maria Martinez-Large, Arati Desai, Donald M. O’Rourke, Marcela V. Maus, Jennifer JD Morrissette: Development of a NGS-based method for EGFRvIII detection: sequence analysis of the junction AACR Annual Meeting, Abstract 4916 : 2015.

Jianhua Zhao, Shrey Sukhadia, Alan Fox, David Lieberman, Barnett Li, Robert Daber, Matthew Hiemenz, David Roth, Maria Martinez-Large, Arati Desai, Donald O’Rourke, Marcela Maus, Jennifer Morrissette: Assessing Bioavailable RNA in NGS Assay: What We Learned During the Development of EGFRvIII Detection NGS Assay American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics Annual Meeting, Abstract 117 : 2015.

Ahn Peter H, Weinstein Gregory, Ojerholm Eric, Lin Alexander, Levin William, Desai Arati: Head and neck cancer with metastatic spread to the breast. The American journal of medicine 128 (5): e3,2014.

Koch Cameron J, Lustig Robert A, Yang Xiang-Yang, Jenkins Walter T, Wolf Ronald L, Martinez-Lage Maria, Desai Arati, Williams Dewight, Evans Sydney M: Microvesicles as a Biomarker for Tumor Progression versus Treatment Effect in Radiation/Temozolomide-Treated Glioblastoma Patients. Translational oncology 7 (6): 752-8,2014.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Hematology Oncology
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
10th Floor, South Pavilion
Office #10-307
3400 Civic Center Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-349-8140
Fax: 215-662-7804
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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