Gautam J. Desai, DO, FACOFP


Gautam J. Desai, DO, FACOFP, is Professor, Division of Primary Care, at Kansas City University.  He has been active in the education of medical students and residents for over 15 years.  He is also the Director, Honors Track in Global Medicine at KCU.  

He is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his internship and residency in Osteopathic Family Medicine at Riverside Osteopathic Hospital.  Afterward, he obtained further training in medical acupuncture.  

Dr. Desai serves on numerous committees for the osteopathic profession, including the American Osteopathic Association's Council on CME, the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiner's Clinical Skills Testing Advisory Committee, the NBOME’s SOAP Note Fabrication Subcommittee, as well as others.  He has served the ACOFP as Chair, Osteopathic Clinical Research Committee, as well as a member of the Procedural Medicine Committee, CEE Subcommittee: In-Service Exam, Osteopathic Principles & Practice Committee, OPP Subcommittee: Print Publications,  and Clinical Webinars Committee.

Dr. Desai has over 50 peer reviewed publications on a variety of topics, in a variety of formats, including peer reviewed publications, textbooks, encyclopedias, and digital publications.  He has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to medical education as well as Osteopathic Manual Medicine.  Dr. Desai has been the Principal Investigator on many grants, including the Achieving Diversity in Medicine and Dentistry Grant, the Educational Development for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Grant, to name a few.  

He is the Immediate Past President, DOCARE International Board of Trustees, and has led numerous medical missions to Guatemala, C.A., Kenya, as well as the Dominican Republic.  He received Ingram’s Magazine Heroes in Healthcare Award in recognition for Medical Missions and Volunteerism in 2015, and in 2012 received the  Robert A. Klobnak Award, in recognition of an individual’s outstanding accomplishments within DOCARE International.  He was the 2008 Case Author of the Year for COMLEX-USA, for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.