S. Nicholas Desai, DPM, MBA, FACFAS

Nicholas Desai, DPM, MBA, FACFAS is the enterprise Chief Medical Information Officer of Houston Methodist and a practicing physician in the Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Desai is a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon and tenured healthcare executive with experience in large-scale integrated delivery networks. As CMIO, his primary focus is serving Houston Methodist physicians and staff, providing digitally innovative tools that promote efficiency and allow clinicians to focus on patient care. His overarching goal is to help clinicians leverage digital IT solutions that make the “P2P” (physician-patient) experience simple, mobile and intuitive. Desai has led large scale IT clinical implementations across various health systems with strategic focus on clinical transformation and financial stewardship as we shift from volume to value-based care. Most recently, Desai was selected to the inaugural class of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Innovators.

From a clinical perspective, Desai has been practicing at Houston Methodist for over 11 years in combined administrative and clinical roles with a subspecialty care focus on adult and pediatric foot and ankle surgery. Desai remains active in clinical research with a specialized lower extremity focus with respect to cardiovascular disease, limb salvage, biomechanics and reconstructive foot surgery.

Prior to joining Houston Methodist, Desai was at Memorial Hermann, where he served in both clinical and administrative leadership roles, including Chief of Surgery, Vice President of Medical Staff and Regional Medical Director of Information Technology. While at Memorial Hermann, key focus areas included design and implementation of Cerner Millennium Application Suite (Care4), development of clinical workflows and order set enterprise standardization, development of medical device integration standards, implementation of cost efficiencies in OR throughput and achievement of Leapfrog Safety recognition.

At his core, Desai is a physician first but is also a passionate investor, entrepreneur and incubator for early stage and small to mid-sector healthcare firms. He has led many private equity and JV relationships across the Texas, New York and California markets. To date, Desai has been involved in several large-scale healthcare technology startups that have led to either M&A or IPO targets.

Desai is an avid oenophile, father of two and enjoys golf, tennis and travelling. He is a philanthropist at heart, supporting charities involving multiple causes across the US and abroad.

desai2@houstonmethodist.org

EHR Direct address: ndesai5003@direct.houstonmethodist.org

Bio updated February 2021
Desai

Redesigning Digital Care: Frictionless, Consumer-centric Experience

INTRODUCTION | COVID-19 has transformed the way we live and work, provide and receive healthcare. Remember clinical transformation? The pandemic ...
Read More

SI 2020 Innovation Virtual Summit – Transforming the Way We Work: How Innovation Becomes the Next Normal

The Scottsdale Institute convened 46 health-system innovation leaders for a virtual summit moderated by Deloitte on November 18, 2020, to ...
Read More

Converging IT & Operations: With COVID-19 the future has arrived

COVID-19 has catalyzed healthcare’s transformation, including accelerating the convergence of IT into operations. Find out what that looks like in ...
Read More

Change Management at Houston Methodist

Nicholas Desai, MD, CMIO, Eileen McGrath, Director, Marketing and Communications / Change Management / Training, and Autumn Kirsch, IT Communications/Change Management Lead, ...
Read More

SI 2017 CMIO Fall Summit

"The CMIO's Emerging Role in Enterprise Leadership" The Scottsdale Institute 2017 Chief Medical Information Officers Fall Summit brought together 17 ...
Read More

Physician Engagement at Houston Methodist: Let Doctors be Doctors

Nicholas Desai, MD, CMIO, Houston Methodist, Arthur Sorrell, MD, Principal and Physician Executive, and Christina Boling, Advisor, Impact Advisors.  Physician ...
Read More

SI 2017 CMIO Spring Summit

"Leadership, Influence and the Ever-Evolving Role of CMIOs" The annual Scottsdale Institute 2017 Chief Medical Information Officers Spring Summit sponsored by ...
Read More