Komal B. Desai, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Ophthalmology
Vision Research Center
Education and Background

M.D. - University of Missouri - Kansas City
Internship - Internal Medicine - University of Kansas Medical Center
Residency - Internal Medicine - Medical College of Ohio
Residency - Ophthalmology - University of Missouri - Kansas City
Fellowship - Opthal/Ocular Oncology - University of California, San Francisco

Meet Komal Desai
Dr. Komal Desai’s specialty is ocular oncology. She is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of intraocular tumors,  including retinoblastoma, melanoma, and conjunctival tumors. She has received the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Biology and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine six-year combined BA/MD program. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine. She subsequently did a clinical/research fellowship in ocular oncology at the University of California, San Francisco.
Over her career, Dr. Desai has earned her status as an esteemed lecturer delivering presentations at such respected venues as the Mayo Clinic Ophthalmology Grand Rounds and the University of California at San Francisco Monthly Research Forum.
Dr. Desai’s peer-review articles have been published in Ophthalmic Surgery and Lasers, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Archives of Ophthalmology.  She is actively involved in ongoing clinical research at the Eye Foundation of Kansas City and Department of Ophthalmology, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine, where she is an Assistant Professor. She is also involved with clinical research at the University of California at San Francisco.

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Ocular Oncology

Selected Publications
Desai KB, Krishna R. “Bleb Dysesthesia:  Surgical Management with Compression Sutures”  – accepted for publication, Ophthalmic Surgery and Lasers.
Desai KB, Lyon DB, Krishna R. “Corneal Ulcer Associated with Parry-Rhomberg Syndrome” – submitted for review, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Desai KB, DeBry P. “Laser Suture Lysis:  Implications of Tension and Wavelength” – paper in progress (prospective study).
Kim EC, Howes EL, Coonan P., Desai, KB, O’Brien JM.  “Intraocular Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET) in a 54 yr. old man with AIDS” – resubmission to Archives of Ophthalmology.
Book Chapter
1996 Jackson MA, Desai KB, “Pyogenic Arthritis in Children” Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology.  2nd ed. 1996.