Department Cardiovascular Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Gujarati, Hindi
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cardio-Oncology Center
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Imaging Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • General Cardiology
  • Heart Imaging
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center
  • Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Pericardial Diseases Center
  • Stress Testing
View all 10 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Amyloidosis
  • Aneurysms
  • Angina
  • Aorta Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Occlusion (blockage)
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Atherosclerosis (vascular)
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Risk Prevention
  • Congenital Valve Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Related Illnesses
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Heart Valve Infections
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myxomas
  • Pericardial Cyst
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pericarditis
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Radiation Heart Disease
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
View all 42 Specialties +


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About Milind Desai, MD

Milind Desai, MD, is a staff cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He holds the inaugural Haslam Family Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine. He has dual appointments in the departments of cardiovascular medicine and radiology.

Dr. Desai is an expert in multimodality cardiovascular imaging, having achieved the highest level of proficiency in all imaging modalities, including cardiac MRI, cardiac CT, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. He is the Medical Director of the Center for Aortic Diseases, and an integral part of the Centers for Valvular heart disease, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Radiation Heart Disease. In addition, he is the Director of Cardiovascular Imaging Research and serves on the Heart & Vascular Institute Research Council and Clinical Investigations Committee and the Cleveland Clinic Research Compliance Committee.

Specialty/Clinical interests: Heart valve disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, aortic disorders, complex coronary artery disease, pericardial disease, pericarditis, radiation heart disease. Dr. Desai has special interest in multimodality cardiovascular imaging, including echocardiogram, computed tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Number of Procedures Performed:  Each year, Dr. Desai reads approximately 2,500 echocardiograms, 1,000 cardiac CTs, and 300 cardiac MRIs.

Success Rates: Cleveland Clinic has been ranked the #1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report since 1994. Success rates for specific procedures are available at:

Education and Training: A native of India, Dr. Desai received his medical degree from NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, India. Throughout his academic training, Dr. Desai was honored for his academic excellence. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield. He continued his clinical training with a fellowship in nuclear cardiology from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a fellowship in general cardiology at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, a fellowship in general cardiology and cardiovascular imaging at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and a fellowship in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Desai also served as a Staff Nuclear Cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He had an academic appointment as a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA, and served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Desai’s research interests include large outcomes studies in valvular heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, radiation heart disease and aortic disorders. He is also an active researcher in noninvasive imaging using advanced echocardiography, CT and MRI; understanding the role of evolving techniques such as cardiac CT in cardiac risk prediction; stress testing in patients with valvular heart disease; outcomes assessment using multimodality imaging in ischemic and nonischemic cardiomyopathy.

Dr. Desai has authored or co-authored numerous articles and book chapters on his specialty interests in publications such as Journal of American Medical Association, JAMA, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), European Heart Journal, Heart, JACC Imaging, Circulation Imaging, JAMA Cardiology, Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, American Journal of Cardiology, American Heart Journal, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

He serves as a reviewer for multiple journals, including Nature Medicine; Circulation; Journal of the American College of Cardiology; European Heart Journal, JACC Imaging; Circulation Imaging; Heart, American Journal of Cardiology; American Heart Journal; and Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. Dr. Desai has served as a guest editor for JACC and is on the editorial board of JACC Imaging, Circulation Imaging and European Heart Journal CV Imaging and has been on the editorial board of Journal of Cardiac CT in the past. He serves as an abstract grader for the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, European Society of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography and Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT).

Dr. Desai is the current president of the Certification Board of Cardiac CT, term ending December 2017. He also serves on multiple committees for ACC, ASE, AHA and SCCT. Dr. Desai also serves on the Appropriate Use Criteria Committee for the American College of Cardiology and has helped write the international guidelines for transcatheter aortic valve replacement, multimodality imaging in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and appropriateness criteria for cardiac CT.

He has lectured nationally and internationally on various topics related to his specialty interests.

About Dr. Desai: “I enjoy cardiovascular medicine, as I find it the most interesting and challenging in all of medicine. It is also the most gratifying to see a very complex patient, who has been turned down by other centers, who comes to me for an opinion. We fix them, and they feel like a million bucks in follow-up. For someone like me who has come from a modest background, not only is this gratifying, but incredibly humbling.”

Leisure time activities: Spending time with family, watching sports, tennis, going to the gym, traveling with family

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease
Baltimore, MD USA

Fellowship - Allegheny General Hospital-Suburban Campus
Cardiovascular Disease
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Fellowship - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Nuclear Cardiology
Boston, MA USA

Residency - Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Springfield, IL USA

Internship - Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Springfield, IL USA

Medical School - N.H.L. Municipal Medical College, Gujarat University
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India


  • Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

Heart valve disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, aortic disorders, complex coronary artery disease, pericardial disease, pericarditis, radiation heart disease. Dr. Desai has special interest in multimodality cardiovascular imaging, including echocardiogram, computed tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Awards & Honors

  • FACC
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 5/15/2018, 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

187 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
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2018

The doctor was excellent time with me to explain everything. To get into see him took approximately three weeks. And that was because another doctor referred me to this doctor. staff was very courteous and kind.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2018

My experience with Dr. Dasai was excellent. He is an outstanding cardiologist and scientist.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2018

I was really impressed with the efficiency of my appointments. I reached a check in desk early and was taken early. some of the stations I was done with my appointment before my start time. Also, Dr. Desai was so helpful and accommodating. It was comforting to hear from the doctor a simple explanation of my symptoms and ways to help alleviate further problems.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2018

Clevland clinic is the most efficient facility I've ever visited. I thought it being a large hospital and all it would be difficult navigating but I was mistaken, it was very easy. Dr Desai is very knowledgeable and personable and I'm extremely happy I chose to see him with my complex heart issues.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2018

I don't recall much discussion about follow-up care, but that was very well covered with the several other physicians I spoke with.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018

Privacy is much better at this facility than any other hospital or Physician's office that I have been in they really do go the extra mile to provide privacy at all times during all procedures and exams

Reviewed on May 16, 2018

Dr. Desai was fantastic! He explained and listened so well. Very impressed with him

Reviewed on May 7, 2018

Dr. Desai is extremely knowledgeable withmy condition. I was very pleased witheverything that was spoken and with the tests selected. Thank you all and Dr. DesaiVery very much.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2018

Dr desai fully explained my condition and future prognosis.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2018

From making the appointments through checking in, testing, and seeng my provider, all were handled efficiently and on time.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2018

exceeded my expectations. the process was efficient and timely. I never felt rushed with the Dr. pleasantly surprised and will highly recommend Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2018

The care provider was an excellent communicator. He answered all my questions. He took extra time to explain why a CT scan provides more accurate results than an MRA for my case (sinus of aorta), showing me comparative pictures from each (the CT scan was much clearer yielding more accurate measurements).

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2018

Dr Desai and his staff were very friendly, helpful and efficient !

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2018

Dr Desai took excess time to research my case and personally deliver bad news.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2017

Experience could not have been better outstanding relationship with Dr. DeSai.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2017

Explained things well.

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