Payal Chandarana Desai, MD

  • Hematology
Payal Chandarana Desai, MD
Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute
1021 Morehead Medical Drive
Charlotte, NC 28204
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“Sickle cell is a significant chronic illness that impacts patients through their life span, can cause significant complications and can lead to dysfunction in every organ. It also requires doctors to understand pain and mental health. Helping those patients who need the most help with the least available therapies combines my love for science, need for innovation and desire to impact health disparities in adult care.”

Dr. Desai is board certified in internal medicine and hematology. She has clinical interests in sickle cell disease and benign hematology, such as bleeding and clotting.

She is the director of the Adult Sickle Cell Enterprise at Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute.

Dr. Desai has received numerous awards, including the Resident Teacher Award from the University of Louisville, the Physician Excellence Award from Ohio State, the Partnership Award with the Community Partner in Sickle Cell from the Faith Thomas Foundation and the Partnership Award as a sickle cell advocate from the City of Columbus.

She has received multiple grants and funding for sickle cell disease research, including a grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for the Atrium Health Sickle Cell Program.

Dr. Desai received her bachelor’s degree at Vanderbilt University and her medical degree at the University of Louisville.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her 2 children, especially at their sports activities. She also loves to read and play tennis.


Board Certifications

Payal Chandarana Desai, MD certified by American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology, 2012Payal Chandarana Desai, MD certified by American Board of IM/Hematology, Internal Medicine, 2009


University of Louisville


University of Louisville


The University of North Carolina


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