About Me


I am Dr. Poonam Desai. I am board certified in Lifestyle Medicine and in Emergency Medicine. I currently practice at a Level 1 trauma center in New York City. I am fellowship trained in Emergency Ultrasound, worked as academic faculty at a teaching hospital for over 8 years, and served as an Ultrasound Director for over 5 years. I had a keen interest in fitness, nutrition, and health optimization and thus also got board certified in Lifestyle Medicine. I am also an associate professor at Weill Cornell Medical School. 

While medicine is a huge passion of mine, I am also a professional dancer, a wife, and a mom. I started dancing at the age of 5 and have been dancing professionally since then. As a working mom and someone who values self-care, I understand how hard “doing it all” can be! I am here to help you live a healthier life!

On this blog, you will find a little bit of everything that I’m passionate about. Medicine is a tough journey and I tried my best to incorporate all other aspects of my life while I pursued my career. I had always wished I had a good mentor. Maybe even someone to ask questions or a place to find answers and inspiration. That is really the purpose of my blog. 

One of my biggest passion is dancing. In fact, I always wanted to be a Doctor AND a Dancer (hence my Instagram handle @DoctorandDancer). I could not imagine giving up on either of those dreams as a little girl. So I set out to incorporate dancing and doctoring into my life. I started dancing when I was 5 years old. I am trained in Bharatanatyam and took a few years of Kathak (both are classical Indian dances). I co-founded UCLA’s Bollywood Dance team (Nasha) and continued to pursue my passion for dance in medical school, residency, and even now as an attending.

I truly believe travel can help us grow by immersing ourselves in different environments, culture, and languages. One of my goals after my residency has been to travel far and travel often. I have visited over 44 countries and counting! I love traveling and finding amazing places to stay, eat, and visit. I don’t want all that hard work to go to waste so I will be sharing all my travel itineraries, recommendations, and hacks with all of you! If you are traveling or love to travel WHILE keeping your health in check then sign up to work with me.

Medicine taught me that the importance of incorporating fitness into our lifestyle but I know this is not easy! We all know we need to workout, but at times finding the motivation is the hardest part. I love sharing and teaching fitness routines and evidence-based nutrition tips. This is one of the things I focus on in my coaching with my clients.

This blog is made with the purpose of sharing sprinkles of tips on fitness, traveling, health, and wellness!

Feel free to just say “hello!”, I would love to get to know you as well! 

Sincerely, Dr. Poonam Desai