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Sheetal Desai

MD, MSEd, FACR | Director

Dr Desai is a native of Tucson, Arizona and transplant to southern California. She completed medical school at the University of Southern California (USC) followed by Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at UCLA. She pursued a Master of Science in Medical Education from the USC Rossier School of Education.

She joined the University of California, Irvine (UCI) as rheumatology faculty in 2007, and served as program director of the UCI Rheumatology Fellowship for 10 years. She is currently Clinical Professor of Medicine, Chief of Rheumatology and DEI Officer for the Department of Medicine.

Her clinical interests are Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, collaboration across specialties to create Multidisciplinary clinics, and gender equity in medicine.