Rishi Desai

Chief Medical Officer at Osmosis [Opportunities available]


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Oct 2015 - Present

Osmosis - Knowledge Diffusion

Chief Medical Officer

•Manage health and medicine content aimed at nursing and medical students, residents, and professionals.•Maintain relationships with foundations, hospitals, and philanthropic organizations to facilitate new projects and opportunities. •Work closely with nursing and medical schools in US and international settings to implement Osmosis and obtain student and faculty feedback.


Jul 2012 - Present

Stanford University School of Medicine

Pediatric Infectious Disease Attending

•Managed immunocompromised and immunocompetent pediatric patients with infectious diseases; trained rotating fellows, residents, and medical students. •Worked as a consultant clinical expert for a civil trial involving a negligence case brought against a pediatrician. •Maintained an active California medical license and board certification in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.


Jul 2012 - Sep 2015

Khan Academy

Head of Khan Academy Medicine

•Strategy: Secured grant funding to create Khan Academy Health and Medicine which now accounts for ~2.5 million monthly learners •Strategy: Served as an external advisor for the Kaiser Permanente Medical School, Mayo Clinic online medical education initiative, American Board of Anesthesia (ABA) new online accreditation system, and the USAID/WHO mobile health platform (mPowering) for frontline healthcare workers. •Partnerships: Worked with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to offer the only free MCAT test prep product available to pre-medical students. •Partnerships: Worked with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to offer the only free NCLEX test prep product available to nursing students. •Partnerships: Organized a training site in Zimbabwe for training of local nurses and physicians, in partnership with the National Institute of Health (NIH) - Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI).•Operations: Ran three international competitions to attract and train ~75 physicians and scientists to create engaging short form videos, questions, and articles. •Operations: Partnered with external reviewers from AAMC and AACN to create a scientific peer review system for all Khan Academy Medicine content. •Communications: Delivered >30 keynote and plenary talks at national conferences and events; invited guest at Google/YouTube content creation meetings, leadership summits (e.g. AONE, Royal College of Physicians/Surgeons), and thought leadership forums (e.g. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, TEDMED, Macy Foundation).


Jul 2010 - Jun 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Epidemic Intelligence Officer

•Strategy: Used rotavirus vaccine effectiveness data to convince ministries of health (Guatemala, Armenia, India, Jordan, Mexico, Ecuador) to adopt rotavirus vaccine into their list of routine childhood immunizations. •Partnerships: Participated in Phase IV trials on the pentavalent rotavirus vaccine (Merck) and the monovalent rotavirus vaccine (GlaxoSmithKline) to evaluate vaccine effectiveness, intussusception risk, and overall change in rotavirus disease after implementation. •Partnerships: Worked with Google data scientists to compare Google Query trends data to public health laboratory data to identify seasonal norovirus trends and pre/post rotavirus vaccine patterns in diarrheal disease. •Operations: Worked closely with the NBA physicians and players to track and end the spread of a norovirus outbreak.•Operations: Closely followed the development of the rotavirus strain 116E vaccine. Met funding partners, regulatory partners, research scientists, and clinical trial patients in south India. The vaccine was released in March 2015 by Bharat pharmaceuticals at $1 per dose. •Communications: Delivered talks about the use of technology in public health at NIH headquarters, the Fogarty International symposium in Uganda, and the Prince Mahidol Conference in Thailand.


Jul 2007 - Jun 2010

University of Southern California

Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellow

•Trained pediatric residents and medical students in pediatric infectious diseases; received top fellowship teaching award.•Researched Galactomannan as a clinical biomarker for invasive fungal infections in children. Established the first available pediatric clinical data on using a cutoff value of 1.0, which yields a sensitivity of 91% (vs. 50% for standard microscopy and culture). •Researched MRSA transmissibility – found that the bacteria survives and transmits for >10 weeks on plastic surfaces. Received American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) for 2014 Publication Excellence Award for being the most cited research paper.•Served as an external advisor for Hollywood and Health to ensure appropriate health messaging in popular media.

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