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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 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
  • 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 98 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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As of 3/21/2022, 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.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* 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

132 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 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Very professional staff & Doctor very comfortable to talk too

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2023

Seems to have a very good command of her expertise and ability to express herself. Very competent.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2023

Dr. Desai goes above and beyond as well as her staff. She was the 5th Rheumatologist I have been to and she is going to be my Dr. Now forever. She really listened to my concerns as a person and a patient. For the first time in my life having an autoimmune problem was throughly addressed and I am actually getting better. Back to my life. I brought my Fianc to this appt. And he was so happy with her also.I give her TEN STARS

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

If there was a number 10 I would give the Dr that rating.Dr Desai was so thorough but more importantly concerned about my well-being I'm sure I was her last appointment and she took her time with me. She called me the next day to give further details and afterwards communicated with me via my-chart.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

I love Dr Desai.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2022

Dr and staff very knowledgeable

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

I consider myself an intelligent and informed informed patient and always have questions regarding my treatment plan, tests, etc, of any doctor I see. Dr Desai listens with intent and is especially good at hearing what I think about my treatment options, possible outcomes, future treatment possibilities, etc. I feel my concerns and questions are heard in my appts with her and that I have a say in how we will proceed. I have confidence in her abilities as a physician, but also that how we proceed is a partnership. To me this is the best kind of doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

My appointment with Dr. Shailey Desai was outstanding. She is by far the best doctor I have worked with. During our appointment she made me feel at ease and was very personable. I would say the following list about her describes the impression she gave me. Active listener and listens carefully Empathetic to my symptoms Clearly explained my condition and options for treatment Expert in her field Genuinely a good person

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

She was GREAT! The BEST

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2022

Dr. Desai is very pleasant, knowledgeable and respectful.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2022

Very happy with Dr. Desai. Only down side is it took 7 months to get in for the initial appointment.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2022

Dr Desai (?) was awesome - I apologize to her for possibly misspelling her name - I've been a CCF patient for decades and I appreciated her manner and knowledge, and how she applied that to me personally. She is a really fine physician.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

Dr. Desai is one of my favorite doctors and is extremely intelligent, personable, patient, and considerate. I am consistently extremely impressed and satisfied with the quality of my care at her hands.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Dr. Desai was very compassionate and patient. I was highly impressed with her.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

5.5 month wait for appt. I believe this reflects the reputation and expertise of the dr. She was worth the wait!

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Dr Desai has a combination of caring and brilliance that is extremely rare in any person. The fact that she is a doctor is a gift to the community.

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Dr. Desai is excellent but the time between appointments is worrisome.

Reviewed on May 24, 2022

Dr. Desai's staff was very accommodating my needs for an appointment

Reviewed on May 24, 2022

I have recommended Dr. Desai to my friends husband and he couldn't get an appointment until June of 2023

Reviewed on May 24, 2022

Again, I did recommend Dr. Desai but my friends husband couldn't get an appointment until next year.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2022

I was in so much pain and she listened and was very courteous about switching my treatment.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

Dr. Desi is an excellent doctor. Truly an asset to her patients.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2022

Dr. Desai was SO thorough and caring in actively listening and providing feedback. I felt empowered afterward!

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2022

The doctor was very knowledgeable regarding current treatment options and alternatives.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2022

Dr Desai is amazing. I've seen her for several years now and I'm always so impressed. She really cares for you as a patient and listeners to you. She really listens and that is hard to find.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2022

Dr. Desai has treated me as a care partner in my health decisions. She is respectful of my alternative medical choices such as being on an anti inflammatory diet to stabilize my autoimmune issues. When I am having a flare, Dr Desai follows me very closely.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022

Like Dr. Desai very much, feel for her and the rest of the department that there aren't enough physicians in Rheumatology

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

Dr. Desai was very knowledgeable and friendly. She took time with me to address my concerns.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

Dr. Desai was knowledgeable and showed concern. She took the time to address my concerns. Great Doctor!

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

I felt like I finally found a doctor who listened and cares.

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