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Ankur Desai, M.D.

Ankur Desai, M.D.
Medical Director

Dr. Ankur Desai is the medical director for PerformCare's operations in New Jersey, which serves as the contracted systems administrator for the New Jersey Children's System of Care. He is primarily responsible for the clinical oversight, training and guidance of staff involved with completing phone triage assessments and utilization management reviews for behavioral health services provided through the New Jersey Children's System of Care.

Dr. Desai is an integral member of the PerformCare Quality Improvement Committee, responsible for the Outlier Management Program and the enhanced care coordination initiatives. He is also involved in the ongoing maintenance and optimization of the inter-rater reliability assessment process for clinical decision making pertaining to behavioral health services provided through the New Jersey Children's System of Care.

Dr. Desai, who earned his Doctor of Medicine from Tufts University School of Medicine, joined PerformCare in 2009. Through strategic planning and collaboration, he developed a system-wide disease management model for children and adolescents with bipolar disorder. Dr. Desai is also actively involved in the development and maintenance of the Utilization Management program for behavioral health services provided through the New Jersey Children's System of Care.

Dr. Desai's behavioral health career began in 2001 at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, where he served his residency in general adult psychiatry. He then entered a two-year fellowship program in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Next, Dr. Desai became a staff psychiatrist at CPC Behavioral Healthcare, providing outpatient psychiatric services to children and adults. In 2008, he started work as a psychiatrist for Community Treatment Solutions, an agency that specializes in providing therapeutic residential services to adolescents with a history of trauma.

Dr. Desai continues to maintain a private practice — Premium Psychiatry Services of Central New Jersey LLC — where he provides outpatient medication management and psychotherapy services for children and adults, and performs school-based consultations and child study team evaluations for several local school districts. He also works as a direct provider of psychiatric services for a local therapeutic school.

Board certified in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry, Dr. Desai's expertise includes attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and childhood anxiety and mood disorders. He has written and co-authored several articles on child and adolescent behavioral health issues, including psychotropic medications, medical marijuana and the effects of computer screen time on youth and families. Dr. Desai was ranked among New Jersey's "Favorite Kids' Docs" in NJ Family Magazine in 2012.

PerformCare is a national, full-service behavioral health managed care company, currently ensuring access to treatment and achieving clinical outcomes through service excellence for more than 1 million individuals. It operates Medicaid behavioral health managed care programs in five states.

PerformCare is part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies. AmeriHealth Caritas is among the largest organizations of Medicaid managed care plans and related businesses in the United States, touching the lives of more than 6.9 million individuals covered by Medicaid, Medicare, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and other insurance.