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Department Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease
Primary Location Strongsville Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Administration Of Injectable Medications For Osteoporosis
  • Adult Rheumatology
  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Bone Density Testing
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cortisone injections
  • Diagnosis of Osteoporosis
  • Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA)
  • General Rheumatology
  • General Rheumatology including Lupus
  • Hyaluronic acid (HA)
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Immunoglobulin Infusion
  • Immunotherapy
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Infusions Of Biologic Agents On Site
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation Center
  • Medical Management of Early Osteoarthritis
  • Medication Management
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Treatment For Joint Pain
  • Orthobiologics
  • Rheumatology
  • Steroid Injections
  • Therapeutic Injections
  • Ultrasound-guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
  • Viscosupplementation Injections
View all 31 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • AIDS & HIV
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Arthritic Knee Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist & Hand
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Autoinflammatory Syndromes
  • Behcet's Disease
  • Benign Hypermobility Joint Syndrome
  • Buerger's Disease
  • Bursitis
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Calcinosis
  • Central Nervous System Vasculitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis (Pseudo Gout)
  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome
  • Connective Tissue Diseases
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) Syndrome
  • Foot & Ankle Arthritis
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Gout
  • Gout Arthritis
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (Wegener’s)
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Problems
  • Henoch Schonlein Purpura
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Pain
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Immunosuppression
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Iritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Lupus
  • Lupus Anticoagulant
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA)
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myositis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis Of The Hips And Knees In The Elderly
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoporosis in Men
  • Osteoporosis Related to Cancer
  • Paget's Disease
  • Painful Joints
  • Palindromic Rheumatism
  • Panuveitis
  • Polumyalgia Rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Relapsing Polychondritis
  • Retroperitoneal Fibrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Sacroilitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondyloarthopathy
  • Spondyloarthropathies
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid-Induced Osteoporosis
  • Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
  • Systemic Lupus
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
View all 100 Specialties +


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About Shailey Desai, MD

Shailey Desai, MD, a board certified physician in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease at Cleveland Clinic.

 Dr. Desai received her bachelor's degree in Cell and Developmental Biology with a psychology minor cum laude at the University of Rochester. Having completed her degree a year early, she worked for the subsequent year at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, researching the effects of a neuroendocrine transcription factor. She then received her medical degree with a distinction in research from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Desai completed her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Michigan. During her fellowship, she pursued research studying cardiovascular risk factor management in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Also during fellowship, she was the recipient of the Thomas D. Pallela Award For Excellence in Teaching in the Division of Rheumatology.

She currently serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine Rheumatology Item-Writing Task Force.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Residency - University of Michigan Health System
Internal Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Medical Education - University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Rochester, NY USA

Undergraduate - University of Rochester
Rochester, NY USA


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 4/16/2021, Dr. Desai has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

222 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

47 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Dr Desai takes time to explain and answer questions. Much appreciated

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Dr. Desai is always caring, listens and answer all questions. I feel if a concern arises, she is just a email my chart away. She always does a complete exam. I feel confident with Dr. Desai.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Hands down the BEST doctor I have seen. She was extremely thorough and took my condition seriously. I look forward to my final diagnosis and another appointment with Dr. Dasai.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Dr Desai is VERY GOOD & therefore Very Busy. She's booked out really far!! I eas able to make appointments though

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

A plus provider. Explained everything in detail

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Dr. Desai is fantastic.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Very easy to make an appointment. The doctor was ready at the scheduled time and had reviewed my file. She was very knowledgeable of my condition and provided immense help and relief.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

Dr Desai is simply outstanding. Exceptional.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Dr. Desai always responds quickly. She is so helpful with any situation. I was having troubles with the medications and she walked me through and really helped me with the process. I always feel like she takes my concerns into consideration. She is one of the best doctors I have ever had.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

I couldn't ask for a better rheumatologist than Dr. Desai

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

There is a Rheumatologist not too far (30min) from where I live, whereas Dr Desai is 1.5 hrs away. I won't be changing doctors though becuz Dr Desai is a kind, caring and skilled Rheumatologist.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

Can't say enough about Dr Desai so efficient explains plan of care thoroughly

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

Dr. Desai is very caring, listens and addresses any concerns.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

Dr. Is excellent but it is over a year wait to get an appointment

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Great experience good employees and doctors

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2021

Dr Desai also is good about answering questions that come up via MyChart.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Dr. Desai told me if I have any questions or concerns to call her she'll be glad to help me with anything

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

fantastic doctor. she took the time to listen to me and provided me with a proper diagnosis

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Dr. Desai met or exceeded my expectations. She answered all of my questions completely and succinctly. I will not hesitate to call for another appointment if necessary.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Dr. Desai was professional and personable.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Dr. Desai was wonderful at explaining my problem to me! She took her time and was extremely informative! She was very professional, but at the same time, she was very compassionate to my physical problems!

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

Dr. Desai listens to all my concerns and has a solution and addresses them to my satisfaction.

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

very good experience - Dr. Desai was friendly, caring and helpful.

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Dr. Desai has a very kind, listening heart. I have benefited from her patience and her concern. I would like others to experience her calm manner and good care.

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

I really like Dr. Dsai. She is a very caring and concerned dr.

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

I love Dr. Shailey Desai! She is very caring and is a great listener. She has helped me a lot.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

dr desai is very accommodating

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

dr desai always makes me feel comfortable. I can ask her anything and she takes the time to listen and explain. she is always concerned for my well being.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

My doctor was friendly, polite and respectful.I have always had great care at Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

My appt with Dr Deshai helped me greatly.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

I did recommend the doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

dr. Desai is wonderful!

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2021

Dr.Desai was AMAZING!! She was extremely attentive and cared immensely. Also I would like to add that she is a fantastic note taker. If I need a rheumatologist in the future I will go back to her.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

This was my first time to see Dr. Desai and she was fantastic. She was so caring and listened to everything I had to say. I'm so glad and fortunate to be able to have her as my rheumatologist now!

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

Dr Desai always takes time to listen and address any concerns.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

I was very happy with my overall visit, and am much relieved to finally have a Dr. that can address these problems.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021


Reviewed on Feb 17, 2021

I love seeing Dr. Desai. She listened, is kind and sincerely pays attention. She even remembers things about me, my family and my life

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

Lovely, caring, intelligent doctor who took time to discuss my tests and concerns. She really put my mind at ease.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2021

I have been going through a lot of doctors trying to figure out what is wrong with me, and she was the first to just take a moment to say, I'm sorry you are going through all this and I want to get you better. She was so caring and thorough and didn't rush me. AMAZING DOCTOR!!

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

I was extremely pleased to meet Dr. Desai. She was good at explaining plans going forward and had a good understanding of my past even though this was my first visit with her. I would be happy if she remained at CCF Strongsville.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Initial visit was scheduled as video. Did not work out but Dr. Desai called me and we had a good appointment.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

Dr. Desai was wonderful. She listened to my history and courteous and caring. She explained my condition in words I could easily understand. She went over my treatment options and made sure my wife and I had all of our questions answered. She relieved my anxiety and gave me hope for relief of my symptoms.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020

there was a long waiting list but after meeting Dr. Desai I completely understand why!! She is remarkable

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020

After having unpleasant rheumatologist, I finally found Dr. Desai who is extremely pleasant and I trust her care immensely.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020

I love the Clinic and I love Dr. Desai

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

Dr Desai is an excellent doctor, caring, a good listener.

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