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As a general dermatologist, my goal is to provide my patients with complete and comprehensive dermatologic care. I enjoy every aspect of dermatology including general adult, pediatric dermatology, and cosmetic dermatology. I also have a particular interest in the diagnosis and medical treatment of hair disorders. I enjoy building trusting relationships with every one of my patients, from newborns through the elderly, and every age in between.

I am a Midwesterner who fell in love with the Pacific Northwest! I was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and went on to complete my undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I attended medical school at the University of Toledo where I graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. After completing my residency at OHSU I decided to stay in the Portland area and joined NW Dermatology Institute in 2011. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my five children, playing the piano, rock climbing, and exploring the Pacific NW.


  • Undergraduate: University of Michigan, 1998-2001
  • Medical School: University of Toledo, 2003-2007
  • Pediatrics Internship: St. Louis Children’s Hospital, 2007-2008
  • Dermatology Residency: Oregon Health & Science University, 2008-2011
  • Board Certification: American Board of Dermatology, 2011

Professional Memberships

  • North American Hair Research Society
  • Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation
  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • Oregon Dermatology Society
  • American Medical Association

Hospital Privileges

  • Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, OR
  • Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center, Portland, OR

Dr. Nisha Desai