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Department Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (BMI)
Primary Location Akron General
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Medical Weight Management
  • Weight Loss Medications/Drugs
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Obesity and Chronic Disease
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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - University of Arizona Department of Family Medicine
Family Medicine
Tucson, AZ

Medical Education - Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Rootstown, OH

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University
earned combined BA/MA degree in Medical Anthropology
Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University
earned a combined BA and MA in Medical Anthropology
Cleveland, OH


  • Obesity Medicine
  • Family Medicine

Specialty Interests

Medical Weight Loss, Women's Health, Musculoskeletal injuries, Telemedicine

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 3/4/2024, Dr. Desai has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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

79 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

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

This provider was extremely thorough. I had questions afterwards and called the office and the staff was extremely responsive and prompt with return calls

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

She was so great lm happy

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2024

We are struggling to get my insurance to approve the medication she would like to prescribe. We are also struggling with supply from the medication manufacturer to pharmacies for distribution. Dr Desai was very helpful and understanding. She found a way to get my medication approved through my insurance (YAY!) and now we are waiting on the availability at the pharmacy. There's nothing anyone can do about that, but she's very understanding with my frustration.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

I have issues using zoom app but doctor visits are good

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2024

Very impressed with Dr. Desai's knowledge of her specialty and her explanations to me.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024

I really appreciated that while she couldn't help she was late she apologized for it. So many doctors don't care that a patient has sat waiting or think that the patients time is valuable as well.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

I have a slight aversion to the use of medication when there is an alternative and Doctor Desai was immediately understanding and helped tailor a plan without the imminent use of medication. This is greatly appreciated. She's also a great communicator and explains things perfectly.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Video visit was perfect, makes me wish some of my appointments with different doctors were able to be done this way. Very simple, effective, and convenient. Doctor Desai is great and an effective communicator.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr. Desai is very thorough and explains things very well. She spends sufficient time to make sure I understand everything and that all my questions are answered. I love my appointments with her and I love her positive attitude.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2024

Dr. Desari is amazing she keeps up with me at all times. She goes above and beyond

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

Called office to ask for a refill. The office worker would not take my message!! Dr was not happy.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Dr. Desai is always kind and very considerate. She always listens to my concerns and gives easy to understand explanations.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2023

The Doctor was very informative to me about my care, and I have already recommended her.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Very generous with her time to answer my many questions.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

I can't say enough wonderful things about Dr. Desai. She is one of the best providers I have ever seen. She even tried to figure ways to help my postop knee pain. She listens, she problem solves, she encourages. She is a top notch provider.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

All my doctors are great

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

Dr Desai is excellent!

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

I am extremely happy that I have started my journey with Dr Desai. She is knowledgeable, kind, and just has an easy-to-talk-to demeanor.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Dr. Desai is always very respectful and easy to understand.

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