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Keck Medicine of USC leader is a ‘rising star’ in health care

Honoree Amar Desai has worked in top academic health centers across the United States

by Health Sciences staff

Amar Desai of Keck Medicine of USC has been selected for the 2015 edition of “Rising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40.”

The honorees on this year’s list have achieved great professional heights in the health care industry at a young age and are poised for continued growth throughout the rest of their careers, according to a news release from Becker’s Hospital Review.

Becker’s selected leaders through an editorial review process that included peer nominations. All leaders were under 40 years old at the time of their nomination earlier this year. Becker’s has published a version of this list annually since 2012.

Recipients work at hospitals all over the United States, and Desai is one of four from California. He joined Keck Medicine of USC on Aug. 1, 2014, as CEO of USC Care and Ambulatory Care Services. Previously, he had worked at DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc., as well as McKinsey & Co., where he led engagements with hospitals, integrated health systems, governments and medical technology companies.

He has had experience working in other leading academic health centers across the country, including the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and San Francisco General Hospital. Desai has held faculty appointments at the Stanford School of Medicine and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Desai holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University, a medical degree from Brown Medical School and a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, and is broadly published in health services and outcomes research.

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