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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

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)
  • Adenocarcinoma of the Head and Neck
  • Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma
  • Anaplastic Astrocytoma
  • Anaplastic Cancer of Thyroid
  • Anaplastic Ependymoma
  • Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma
  • Astrocytoma Tumors
  • Base of Skull Tumors
  • Benign Neoplasm of Brain
  • Benign Schwannoma
  • Biological Targeted Therapy
  • Brain Metastasis
  • Brain Tumors
  • Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Cancer of the Hard/Soft Palate
  • Cancer of the Nasal Cavity
  • Cancer of the Parotid
  • Cancer of the Supraglottis
  • Cancer of the Vocal Cords
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Central Nervous System Tumors
  • Cerebellar Tumor
  • Chordoma
  • Choroid Plexus Tumor
  • Clivus Chondroma
  • CNS Lymphoma
  • Diffuse Astrocytoma
  • Dural Based Tumor
  • Ear and Temporal Bone Tumors
  • Embryonal Tumors
  • Endodermal Sinus Tumor
  • Ependymoma
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Facial Nerve Schwannoma
  • Follicular Cancer of Thyroid
  • Ganglioma
  • Ganglioneuroblastoma
  • Ganglioneurocytoma
  • Glioblastoma
  • Glioma
  • Glottic Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Melanoma
  • Head and Neck Sarcoma
  • Head and Neck Tumor
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Hurthle Cell Cancer
  • Hypopharyngeal Cancer
  • Hypothalamic Hamartoma
  • Immunotherapy
  • Intraventricular Tumor
  • Jaw Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis
  • Leptomeningeal Disease
  • Lhermitte-Duclos Disease
  • Malignant Schwannoma
  • Medullary Cancer of Thyroid
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Meningioma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Metastatic Brain Cancer
  • Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer with Occult Primary
  • Mouth Cancer (Oral Cancer)
  • Myxopapillary Ependymoma
  • Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Neck Cancer
  • Nerve Sheath Tumor
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Neurocutaneous Disorders
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neurofibrosarcoma
  • Neuronal Glial Tumors
  • Oligoastrocytoma
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Optic Nerve Glioma
  • Orbital Tumors
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Papillary Cancer of Thyroid
  • Paraganglioma
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Peripheral Schwannoma
  • Periventricular Lesion
  • Pineal Tumor
  • Pineoblastoma
  • Pituitary Cancer
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Prolactinoma
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Spinal Schwannoma
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spongioblastoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Esophagus
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Mouth
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Throat
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Tonsils
  • Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma
  • Temporal Bone Cancer
  • Throat Cancer
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tracheal Cancer
  • Tumor of Parotid Gland
  • Vascular Brain Tumors
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

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:

O'Rourke Donald M, *Nasrallah MacLean P, *Desai Arati, *Melenhorst Jan J, Mansfield Keith, Morrissette Jennifer J D, Martinez-Lage Maria, Brem Steven, Maloney Eileen, Shen Angela, Isaacs Randi, Mohan Suyash, Plesa Gabriela, Lacey Simon F, Navenot Jean-Marc, Zheng Zhaohui, Levine Bruce L, Okada Hideho, June Carl H, Brogdon Jennifer L, Maus Marcela V: A single dose of peripherally infused EGFRvIII-directed CAR T cells mediates antigen loss and induces adaptive resistance in patients with recurrent glioblastoma. Science Translational Medicine 9 (399): 2017.

Nasrallah MacLean P, Nasrallah Ilya M, Prelack Marisa S, Johnson Margaret O, Lewis Travis B, Rubenstein Michael, Minturn Jane E, Desai Arati, Marcotte Paul, Santi Mariarita, Martinez-Lage Maria: 19-Year-Old Male with Headaches and a Possible Seizure. Brain pathology (Zurich, Switzerland) 27 (4): 557-558,2017.

Holdhoff Matthias, Ye Xiaobu, Supko Jeffrey G, Nabors Louis B, Desai Arati S, Walbert Tobias, Lesser Glenn J, Read William L, Lieberman Frank S, Lodge Martin A, Leal Jeffrey, Fisher Joy D, Desideri Serena, Grossman Stuart A, Wahl Richard L, Schiff David: Timed sequential therapy of the selective T-type calcium channel blocker mibefradil and temozolomide in patients with recurrent high-grade gliomas. Neuro-oncology 19 (6): 845-852,2017.

Lodge Martin A, Holdhoff Matthias, Leal Jeffrey P, Bag Asim K, Nabors L Burt, Mintz Akiva, Lesser Glenn J, Mankoff David A, Desai Arati S, Mountz James M, Lieberman Frank S, Fisher Joy D, Desideri Serena, Ye Xiaobu, Grossman Stuart A, Schiff David, Wahl Richard L: Repeatability of (18)F-FLT PET in a Multicenter Study of Patients with High-Grade Glioma. Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine 58 (3): 393-398,2017.

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 Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Center for Cellular Immunotherapies, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, MA; Novartis Pharma, Florham Park, NJ; Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; University of California, San Francisco, CA: Pilot study of T cells redirected to EGFRvIII with a chimeric antigen receptor in patients with EGFRvIII+ glioblastoma. ASCO Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL Journal of Clinical Oncology 34, 2016 (suppl; abstr 2061) 34 : 2016.

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.

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.

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.

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): 107-112,2015.

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
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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