CHRISTUS St. Vincent Welcomes New Medical Group President April 29, 2016


Dr. Sunil DesaiSANTA FE, N.M. – CHRISTUS St. Vincent is pleased to announce that Dr. Sunil Desai has joined the hospital as President of CHRISTUS St. Vincent Medical Group. As head of the group’s 34 regional outpatient clinics, Dr. Desai’s responsibilities include leading the ongoing recruitment and retention of top physicians as well as driving a culture of innovation and excellence that promotes superior patient care.

Prior to joining CHRISTUS St. Vincent, Dr. Desai was employed by Chicago-based Presence Health. There he served as Chief Medical Officer of Presence Medical Group as well as Medical Director of Presence TeleHealth Center, the company’s tech and clinical hub in the delivery of remote clinical services.

As CMO of Presence’s 80-location medical group, Dr. Desai successfully led initiatives to improve quality and increase patient satisfaction through strategic attention to compensation models and quality metrics, and with a leadership style that emphasizes open communication and education.

Dr. Desai is a board certified senior physician with more than 20 years of experience as a physician and leader. He received his medical degree from Karnataka University in Dharwad, India, and completed his residency and fellowship at Sinai-Grace Hospital and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, respectively. His years of service as a physician include roles as an intesivist, house physician, and private practitioner with respected medical groups throughout Pennsylvania and Illinois.

“After a search that included several highly qualified candidates, Dr. Desai was selected for his depth of experience combined with his background,” says Patrick Carrier, CHRISTUS St. Vincent CEO. “With his proven track record of raising the bar in quality and service, it’s going to be an exciting year for our medical group and our community. We’re pleased for him to be a part of the CHRISTUS St. Vincent family.”

CHRISTUS St. Vincent is a private, not-for-profit hospital serving more than 300,000 people in seven counties in Northern New Mexico. CHRISTUS St. Vincent was founded in 1865 by the Sisters of Charity. It is New Mexico's first hospital and the largest private employer in Santa Fe, offering more than 30 specialized services and physician clinics. Our healing ministry is to improve lives by providing excellent, compassionate health care to the patients and families we serve.