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A.K. Desai

photo of Dr. Akshay Desai
Dr. A.K. Desai obtained his medical degree from Government Medical College, India. He achieved his Masters Degree in Administrative Medicine while attending the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is certified by the American Boards of Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Quality Assurance. He currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida and is married to Seema Desai and they have three children, Priyanka, Parth and Crystal. Dr. Desai's interests include reading, education, foreign policy and politics.

Dr. Desai is the President, CEO and Chairman of Universal Health Care.

In the past, Dr. Desai has served as Chief of Staff and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute as well as St. Petersburg General Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has served on numerous committees of various Hospitals and Health Plans throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Dr. Desai was the Chairman of the Council for Education Policy, Research and Improvement (CEPRI) for the state of Florida and was appointed to this position by Governor Jeb Bush.

Currently, Dr. Desai serves as Commissioner and Chairman of Health Committee, White House Commission on Asian American, Pacific Islander advising the President on issues effecting Asian Americans.

Listed below are additional political, professional and social / cultural / community associations that Dr. Desai is affiliated with.


American College of Physician Executives
President: 1996
Member since: 1990

Pinellas County Medical Society
Member since: 1991

Florida Medical Association
Member since: 1992

American Medical Association
Member since: 1992

Social / Cultural / Community / State / Federal / Political

Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI)
Commissioner: 2004 — Current

Council for Education Policy, Research and Improvement (CEPRI)
Chairman: Past
Member since: 2002

Postsecondary Education Planning Commission
Commissioner as appointed by Governor Jeb Bush: 1999 — 2002

Republican Party of Florida
Committee of 100: Current
Elected Delegate to National Convention for Republican Party: 2000
Alternate Delegate to National Convention for Republican Party: 2004

Tampa Bay Partnership
Board of Directors since: 2003

Vinoy Club, St. Petersburg, Florida
Member since: 2000

India Cultural Center, Tampa, Florida
Board of Trustees since: 1998