Nilesh Desai joined HackensackUMC in 1998 and has served as the director of Pharmacy for five years. Overseeing inpatient, outpatient and retail pharmacies, Mr. Desai also serves as a program preceptor for the post-graduate year 1 (PGY-1) pharmacy residency, and as a clinical adjunct professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and the Massachusetts School of Pharmacy.
His practice areas include: clinical and operations (inpatient, outpatient and retail pharmacies), preceptor-practice management, contract negotiations, financial planning and budgets, delivery of services, regulatory requirements, planning staffing, policy and procedure development, performance improvement, clinical research, staff development, strategic planning, patient safety and information technology.
Mr. Desai has led the successful implementation of a number of projects, including the transition to EPIC (electronic health records), Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA), National Drug Code (NDC) billing, interoperability between EPIC and Omnicell, Beacon Oncology, BD Cato, Talyst carousels, Omnicell technologies, e-prescribing, transitions of care pharmacist-led medication reconciliation, and decentralized pharmacist teams. He also led the expansion of the clinical pharmacist team with additional specialties such as Emergency Medicine, Organ Transplant, and Oncology, PGY-1 pharmacy residency program expansion and the addition of a post-graduate year 2 (PGY-2) Emergency Medicine program.
Mr. Desai received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Madras University and earned his master’s degree in Business Administration in Healthcare from the University of Phoenix. He is a member of the HealthTrust Pharmacy Advisory Board, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, New Jersey Pharmacy Leadership Group, New Jersey Health System Pharmacists, and the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety.
Mr. Desai has been published and has served as a keynote speaker in his field. His accolades include the HackensackUMC Service Excellence Hero Award, Helmsman Award and Five Star Award for Caring. He has also been honored with a Team Award by Nursing from the Oncology, Urology and Orthopedic units at JFK Medical Center.