Payal Desai

Payal Desai, MD


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Overall Patient Satisfaction Rating

4.6 out of 5






I am a hematologist and my area of expertise is treating patients with sickle cell disease, a non-cancerous blood disease that can cause a variety of very serious complications for patients. At the OSUCCC – James, I am a part of a multidisciplinary team that treats these patients and provides them with unique opportunities for clinical trials of alternative therapies to treat their disease.

I serve as director of sickle cell research for The Ohio State University and am co-director of the Sickle Cell Program. In addition, I’m involved in a variety of related national organizations, including the boards of the American Society of Hematology Sickle Cell Disease Guideline Committee and the Sickle Cell Adult Provider Network. I also serve an associate professor of internal medicine for Ohio State and have authored more than a dozen articles for publication as well as presented nearly 40 abstracts and presentations.

What I enjoy most working at The James is the tremendous desire of people to work together to provide optimal care for patients. We put aside our egos, collaborate and strive toward providing the best care and treatment for our patients in an effort to improve lives and outcomes.

Education and Background


University of Louisville School of Medicine

Louisville, KY


University of Louisville Hospital

Louisville, KY



University of North Carolina Hospitals

Chapel Hill, NC

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty: Hematology)

Academic Department

Department of Internal Medicine

Division of Hematology

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the university requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their university responsibilities. As of 11/21/2019, Dr. Desai has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

Pfizer, Inc.

The Potomac Center for Medical Education

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

Global Blood Therapeutics


Patient Satisfaction Review

The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the five questions gathered from the Outpatient Oncology survey, developed by Press Ganey Associates for use in oncology clinics across the country. On behalf of The James, Press Ganey administers the survey to patients who see our providers in an outpatient clinic office. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of The James.

Overall Ratings (out of 88 reviews)
4.6 out of 5
Kept you informed about your condition and treatment

4.6/ 5

Amount of time spent with you

4.5/ 5

Concern for your questions and issues

4.6/ 5

Skill and knowledge

4.7/ 5

Overall quality of care

4.6/ 5

Patient Comments (9 total comments)

Reviewed: 8/2/2019

Dr. Payal made me clarify and prioritize my needs. She repeated them then offered solutions other than meds to help solve the problem. 3-5. Showed compassion knew immediately I should not be on a medicine given by an ED physician.

Reviewed: 6/28/2019

Very polite & clear.

Reviewed: 6/11/2019


Reviewed: 6/5/2019

She seemed like she didn't care.

Reviewed: 5/28/2019

Very nice and helpful.

Reviewed: 5/14/2019

Dr. Desai is the best!

Reviewed: 5/1/2019

Your doctors saved my life. Very thankful for this hospital, doctors & nurses.

Reviewed: 4/12/2019

Dr. Desai is always personable and energetic. Her dedication to the study of sickle cell disease is a breath of fresh air.

Reviewed: 2/18/2019

The visit turned out to be a pleasant experience. I have already recommended Dr. Desai to family.

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