Critical care and anaesthesia
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Dr Desai completed his postgraduate paediatric training in Mumbai, India. He gained further experience in paediatric intensive care and retrieval medicine in London at St Mary's, Royal Brompton and Great Ormond Street hospitals, and the Children's Acute Transport Service (CATS). 

He supplemented his cardiac intensive care training with a year of fellowship in paediatric cardiology at Royal Brompton Hospital prior to his appointment as a consultant in 2010. 

Areas of expertise

Dr Ajay Desai is a consultant in paediatric intensive care medicine at Royal Brompton Hospital. He is the lead for the paediatric extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) programme, with a special interest in extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR), and lead for paediatric integrated care pathways.

Research interests

  • ECPR – factors affecting morbidity and mortality
  • Impact of simulation training on team members involved in actual resuscitation events
  • Congenital complete heart block (CCHB) – risk factors and outcomes
  • Impact of change in practice on early outcomes in children following tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) repair
  • Impact of Down’s syndrome status on early intensive care outcomes in children following complete atrioventricular septal defect (CAVSD) repair


Dr Desai is deputy college tutor and lead for the junior doctors’ education and training programme at the Trust. He also a member of the SPRinT (simulated interprofessional team training) programme faculty, and has been a member of the education committee of the International Paediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) since 2012.