Kartik J. Desai, MD FACP

Dr. Desai is a board certified Internist since August 2005 with 12 years of experience practicing in the heart of Ellicott City, MD.

In 2007, Dr. Desai opened Desai Medical Center in Ellicott City, MD. During this time, he served on the medical staff at Ellicott City Health and Rehabilitation Center, White House on the Bay Assisted Living, Heartlands Senior Living Village, St. Agnes Hospital, and Howard County General Hospital. This provided him a full spectrum of management cases such as outpatient, inpatient, emergency care, ICU, assisted living, and nursing home care.

Since switching to a private practice setting, Dr. Desai has built a successful and reputable internal medicine practice in the heart of Ellicott City, MD. He has accumulated a large patient population hailing from 100 different countries, all diverse in age, cultural, ethnic, and socio-economical backgrounds. This diversity has allowed him to cover a wide range of medical conditions such as anxiety, depression, endocrine, hypertension, and travel medicine.

Dr. Desai is also a proud proponent for integrating technologies to improve and streamline patient care. Desai Medical Center has a custom tailored EHR equipped with lab and radiology interfaces, electronic prescription capabilities, telemedicine video conferencing platform, and a secure patient portal. Dr. Desai is also registered with the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) and is involved in their Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), Encounter Notification Services (ENS), and Doc Halo program to strengthen health information exchange across the State of Maryland so he and other CRISP providers can improve overall patient care and reduce unnecessary ER visits and medical costs.

Dr. Desai was awarded Chief Residency during his Internal Medicine residency training at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, NY. After successfully completing his internal medicine residency and board certification, he was employed at Upper Chesapeake Health as a Chief Hospitalist, covering two major hospitals in Hartford County, including Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, MD and Hartford Memorial Hospital, Havre De Grace, MD. His time as Chief Hospitalist provided him with extensive experience treating many different medical conditions ranging from routine, urgent, to emergent.

Dr. Desai is an active member of the American Medical Association (AMA), American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), American College of Physicians (ACP), and MedChi. In 2015 he was accepted as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and in 2016, he was asked to be a Designated Provider Representative for Carefirst’s PCMH Program. Dr. Desai is also an affiliated preceptor for Georgetown University, George Washington University, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Bowie State University, Walden University, University of Cincinnati, and Chamberlain University. 

Dr. Desai speaks Engligh, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, and Urdu and is known for his pleasant and approachable nature. He is a dedicated, highly professional, and well-experienced Internist whose passion is to provide the best care to his patients. 



Elizabeth Briscoe, CMA

Elizabeth assists Dr. Desai with patient management. She has been with Desai Medical Center since 2007 and is a National Certified Medical Assistant. Elizabeth is hardworking and loves interacting with patients. She enjoys being part of the Desai Medical Center family and prioritizes patient care above all else.   




Ryan Mitchell

Ryan is our Front Desk Receptionist. He has been with Desai Medical Center since 2010. He graduated from Morgan State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He is currently continuing his education in computer science at Bowie State University. Ryan is very personable and is one of the friendly faces greeting you when you call or stop by the office.




Minna Tran

Minna is our Office and Project Manager. She has been with Desai Medical Center since 2013. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BDIC degree in Dance and Arts Management. Minna enjoys managing a wide range of projects from implementing new, streamlined technologies to optimizing patient care and workflows. 





Kathy Gombas

Kathy is our Phlebotomist from LabCorp. She has been with Desai Medical Center since 2013. Kathy is very friendly and always strives to make patients feel comfortable when they’re getting their blood drawn. She enjoys being part of the Desai Medical Center team and providing the best patient care. 




Shabnam Niroomand

Shabnam handles our Medical Records and Document Processing. She has been with Desai Medical Center since 2014. She is currently pursuing a degree in dietetics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Shabnam is very friendly and enjoys talking to patients about proper nutrition and lifestyle modifications, to help them achieve a healthy and balanced life. 





Uzma Haider

Uzma is our Front Desk Receptionist. She has been with Desai Medical Center since 2017. She has a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Defense Degree College, Karachi. Uzma is a hardworker and enjoys being part of the Desai Medical Center team, learning from Dr. Desai and being part of a well-equipped medical center that provides better health care services to the community. 




Dhara Bakshi

Dhara is our Financial Consultant and Office Manager. She joined Desai Medical Center in 2018. She holds Certified Practice Manager and Certified Professional Coder certifications from AAPC. She earned bachelor's degrees in Nutrition and Vocal music performance and a master's degree in Vocal music performance from M.S. University, India. Dhara enjoys consulting with, informing, and guiding patients through financial matters, as they receive ongoing medical care from Dr. Desai.