Dr. Nitigna Desai is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School (BUMC) and the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Medical School as well as the Director of Addiction Psychiatry at Bedford Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center. She is also the fellowship site director for an Addiction Psychiatry fellowship for BUMC and UMASS Medical School.
Dr. Desai has been a consultant for the Chester M Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry in regards to projects in Liberia. She has participated in many international health camps, primarily in India, through NGOs. She has developed and designed an Outpatient Intensive Day Program for Addiction Rehabilitation. She successfully shaped this program into a unique, dual diagnosis Intensive Day Treatment Program specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder rehabilitation. She has been involved with dual diagnosis research focusing on psychopharmacological trials with Mental Illness Research and Education Clinical Centers at the VA for last 15 years. She has been a Co-Principal Investigator on various studies in this area and also has published on treatment for alcohol dependence and PTSD as well as opiate dependence treatment. She has been on the board and committee for the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Desai has also been involved with teaching and training medical students, residents and fellows from Harvard Medical School, BUMC, and UMASS Medical School for many years.
Dr. Desai completed medical school in India and her residency training in Psychiatry at Mass. Mental Health Center /Harvard Medical School in Boston from 1988-1991. She completed her fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in 1992. Dr. Desai is board certified in Adult Psychiatry with an added certification in Addiction Psychiatry from ABPN.