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Giving Brain Power Away: Rishi Desai

posted Oct 21, 2013, 10:08 AM by Diana Rohini LaVigne   [ updated Oct 21, 2013, 10:21 AM ]

    • By Diana Rohini LaVigne
Rishi Desai, Pediatrician, Khan Academy (San Francisco, CA)

  • Giving Brain Power Away

    Rishi Desai

    Pediatrician, Khan Academy (San Francisco, CA)

    Award-winning educator Rishi Desai is a medical educator at the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and nonprofit organization.  Desai is trained as a pediatric infectious disease physician and has worked at prestigious academic centers across the country, including hospitals affiliated with UCSF, Harvard University, Boston University, USC, and Stanford University.  

    He also spent two years working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer where he worked on disease outbreak investigations.  Desai had an accelerated early education, completing high school and receiving his BS in Microbiology from UCLA by the age of 18.  He has always had a love for learning and has taught students at every stage of his career.  He has won numerous teaching awards for medical education, and his passion for teaching brought him to the Khan Academy.  He is now the primary content creator for Khan Academy Medicine. 
    He spoke about being blissful to have healthy, happy parents and a kind, beautiful wife (to be) in his life.  His friends and family make him laugh on a regular basis and enjoys living in one of his favorite cities in the world. Desai added, “I am most influenced by Camille, my fiancé, who has taught me what it means to love another person, and reminds me to be kind and to think critically about what I believe and why, my mom who is the most creative and hard-working person that I know, my dad who teaches me to be patient, level-headed, and careful with money, and finally my maternal grandmother (Shobna) who has passed, but still inspires me every day.”
    So what don’t we know about this man who wears his heart on his sleeve? He offered, “I have a tradition of getting a haircut in every new country that I visit, as long as I leave the airport.  My favorite haircut was in Uganda where I basically got it all shaved off for a short while.”   Dr. Rishi Desai is clearly cut above the rest in so many way and someone to watch!