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Sonali Parekh Desai, MD, MPH
Associate Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Medicine
Rheumatology, Immunology
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Research Location: B Building

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Research Narrative:

Dr. Desai is conducting clinical research that focuses on the quality of care for rheumatic diseases. She focuses on utilizing health information technology to measure and improve upon quality of care. Dr. Desai has reported on using administrative and clinical data to develop a quality metric on pneumococcal vaccination for immunosuppressed rheumatology patients and has shown an increase the vaccination rates over time. Dr. Desai is leading a pilot project to use computer tablets in the outpatient rheumatology practice to collect data from rheumatoid arthritis patients on functional status, present this patient-data electronically to rheumatologists during the office visit, and integrate this data with the electronic medical record. Dr. Desai was awarded a grant to study patient at-risk for osteoporosis using a multidisplinary team. She recently completed work from an internal grant assessing the use of biologic medications to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Desai is the Medical Director of Quality for the Department of Medicine and the Medical Director of Ambulatory Patient Safety at Brigham & Women's Hospital - she uses her administrative roles and clinical work as a rheumatologist to inform her research endeavors.

Harvard School of Publich Health, 2010, MPH
Harvard School of Public Health, 2010, MPH
Brown University, 2002, MD

Other Professional Activities:
Medical Director, Ambulatory Patient Safety, Center for Clinical Excellence
Director of Quality, Division of Rheumatology
Medical Director, Department of Medicine Quality Program

Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Gay E, Desai S, McNeil D. A Multidisciplinary Intervention to Improve Care for High-Risk COPD Patients. Am J Med Qual. 2019 Jul 24; 1062860619865329.

2. Emani S, Sequist TD, Lacson R, Khorasani R, Jajoo K, Holtz L, Desai S. Ambulatory Safety Nets to Reduce Missed and Delayed Diagnoses of Cancer. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2019 Aug; 45(8):552-557.

3. Desai S, Fiumara K, Kachalia A. Building an Ambulatory Safety Program at an Academic Health System. J Patient Saf. 2019 Apr 18.

4. Hammer MM, Kapoor N, Desai SP, Sivashanker KS, Lacson R, Demers JP, Khorasani R. Adoption of a Closed-Loop Communication Tool to Establish and Execute a Collaborative Follow-Up Plan for Incidental Pulmonary Nodules. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2019 Feb 19; 1-5.

5. Fisher NDL, Fera LE, Dunning JR, Desai S, Matta L, Liquori V, Pagliaro J, Pabo E, Merriam M, MacRae CA, Scirica BM. Development of an entirely remote, non-physician led hypertension management program. Clin Cardiol. 2019 Feb; 42(2):285-291.

6. Lacson R, Cochon L, Ip I, Desai S, Kachalia A, Dennerlein J, Benneyan J, Khorasani R. Classifying Safety Events Related to Diagnostic Imaging From a Safety Reporting System Using a Human Factors Framework. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Mar; 16(3):282-288.

7. Cochon L, Lacson R, Wang A, Kapoor N, Ip IK, Desai S, Kachalia A, Dennerlein J, Benneyan J, Khorasani R. Assessing information sources to elucidate diagnostic process errors in radiologic imaging - a human factors framework. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2018 Nov 01; 25(11):1507-1515.

8. Emani S, Peters E, Desai S, Karson AS, Lipsitz SR, LaRocca R, Stone J, Suric V, Wald JS, Wheeler A, Williams DH, Bates DW. Who adopts a patient portal?: An application of the diffusion of innovation model. J Innov Health Inform. 2018 Oct 25; 25(3):149-157.

9. Ai A, Desai S, Shellman A, Wright A. Understanding Test Results Follow-Up in the Ambulatory Setting: Analysis of Multiple Perspectives. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2018 Nov; 44(11):674-682.

10. Turchin A, Sosina O, Zhang H, Shubina M, Desai SP, Simonson DC, Testa MA. Ambulatory Medication Reconciliation and Frequency of Hospitalizations and Emergency Department Visits in Patients With Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2018 08; 41(8):1639-1645.