Nirmala S. Desai, MD

Practice areas

  • Neonatology

Practice areas

  • Neonatology

Clinical interests

  • Medical Bioethics
  • Neonatal Nutrition
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Neonatology

Nirmala S. Desai, MD


Natalan Hendren Patient Story
The Hendren family with Enrique Gomez, MD, and Nirmala Desai, MD, at the Neonatal ICU Graduate Clinic for the first time since Natalan’s discharge from the NICU where she was a patient for 72 days. Read Natalan's patient story »

My name is Nirmala Desai; I received my medical degree from Maharaja Sayayirao University, Baroda, India. I then completed a pediatric residency at Boston Children's Hospital before completing a fellowship at Boston Hospital for Women. I am board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in General Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Faculty rank

Professor of Pediatrics


Maharaja Sayayirao University, Baroda, India

Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit
Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Hospital for Women

Certifications or Special training
American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 


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  1. Chung M, Pittenger J, Tobin S, Chung A, Desai N. Expedient treatment of a collodion baby. Case Rep Dermatol Med. 2011; 2011:803782. PMID: 23198180.
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  2. Rao R, Mashburn CB, Mao J, Wadhwa N, Smith GM, Desai NS. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor in infants <32 weeks gestational age: correlation with antenatal factors and postnatal outcomes. Pediatr Res. 2009 May; 65(5):548-52. PMID: 19190539.
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  3. Rao R, Sampers JS, Kronsberg SS, Brown JV, Desai NS, Anand KJ. Neurobehavior of preterm infants at 36 weeks postconception as a function of morphine analgesia. Am J Perinatol. 2007 Oct; 24(9):511-7. PMID: 17907073.
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  4. Kiessling SG, Wadhwa N, Kriss VM, Iocono J, Desai NS. An unusual case of severe therapy-resistant hypertension in a newborn. Pediatrics. 2007 Jan; 119(1):e301-4. PMID: 17200255.
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  5. Ballard HO, Shook LA, Desai NS, Anand KJ. Neonatal research and the validity of informed consent obtained in the perinatal period. J Perinatol. 2004 Jul; 24(7):409-15. PMID: 15152271.
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  6. Anand KJ, Hall RW, Desai N, Shephard B, Bergqvist LL, Young TE, Boyle EM, Carbajal R, Bhutani VK, Moore MB, Kronsberg SS, Barton BA. Effects of morphine analgesia in ventilated preterm neonates: primary outcomes from the NEOPAIN randomised trial. Lancet. 2004 May 22; 363(9422):1673-82. PMID: 15158628.
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  7. Chouthai NS, Sampers J, Desai N, Smith GM. Changes in neurotrophin levels in umbilical cord blood from infants with different gestational ages and clinical conditions. Pediatr Res. 2003 Jun; 53(6):965-9. PMID: 12621105.
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  8. Rao R, Desai NS. OxyContin and neonatal abstinence syndrome. J Perinatol. 2002 Jun; 22(4):324-5. PMID: 12032797.
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  9. Gerk PM, Kuhn RJ, Desai NS, McNamara PJ. Active transport of nitrofurantoin into human milk. Pharmacotherapy. 2001 Jun;21(6):669-75.
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  10. Griffith CH, Wilson JF, Desai NS, Rich EC. Housestaff workload and procedure frequency in the neonatal intensive care unit. Crit Care Med. 1999 Apr;27(4):815-20.
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