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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cardio-Oncology Center
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Imaging Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • General Cardiology
  • Heart Imaging
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center
  • Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Pericardial Diseases Center
  • Stress Testing
View all 11 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, MBA

Milind Desai, MD MBA, is the Director of Clinical Operations of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic 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 Haslam Family Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine. He has dual appointments in the Departments of Cardiovascular Medicine (Section of Cardiovascular Imaging) and Radiology.

Dr. Desai is the Director of Center for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, the Medical Director of the Center for Aortic Diseases, the Medical Director for Center for Radiation Heart Disease and an integral part of the Center for Valvular heart disease. He 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. In addition, he serves on the multiple Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute councils, including Executive Council, Operations Council and Research Council. In addition, he serves on the Cleveland Clinic Research Compliance Committee.

Specialty/Clinical interests: Heart valve disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, aortic disorders, complex coronary artery disease, pericardial disease, 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:  In addition to seeing patients, each year, Dr. Desai reads approximately 2,000 echocardiograms, 1,000 cardiac CTs, and 300 cardiac MRIs.

Education and Training: A native of India, Dr. Desai received his medical degree from NHL Medical College, Ahmedabad, India. Throughout his academic training, Dr. Desai was honored for his academic excellence. He completed his 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. In 2020, he also completed a Physician Executive MBA at University of Tennessee.

Dr. Desai previously served as a Staff Nuclear Cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital with an academic appointment as a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA, and 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, coronary artery disease and aortic disorders. He is also an active researcher in noninvasive imaging using advanced echocardiography, CT and MRI; stress testing in patients with valvular heart disease; outcomes assessment using multimodality imaging in ischemic and nonischemic cardiomyopathy, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He is now active in leveraging use of Artificial Intelligence and imaging in predicting outcomes in various cardiac diseases. He is also leading 2 multicenter clinical trials in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and valvular heart disease. 

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, Lancet, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), European Heart Journal, Heart, JACC Imaging, Circulation Imaging, and JAMA Cardiology.

He serves as a reviewer for multiple journals, including Nature Medicine; New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, 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 Circulation and JACC and is on the editorial board of JACC Imaging, Circulation Imaging and European Heart Journal CV Imaging.

Dr. Desai is the past president of the Certification Board of Cardiac CT and is on the board of directors for Intersocietal Accreditation Council. He also serves on multiple committees for ACC, ASE, AHA and SCCT. Dr. Desai has helped write the international guidelines for transcatheter aortic valve replacement, multimodality imaging in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, ARVC, appropriateness criteria for cardiac CT, pacemaker/ICD. 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. “I spend a lot of time focusing on the Cleveland Browns”.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business
Knoxville, TN USA

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

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

Medical Education - 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

See publications for Milind Desai, MD, MBA.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 4/13/2023, 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Desai receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb

Donation of Financial Interest. Dr. Desai has consulted for, received compensation for serving as a fiduciary from, or received royalties from the following companies but instructed them to donate all compensation to not-for-profit causes or to the Cleveland Clinic to support research and education:

  • Cytokinetics, Inc.

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

193 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.4
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

36 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 8, 2023

Dr. Desai was very professional and thorough. I am a veteran nurse and was impressed.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2023

Excellent visit. I felt that Dr Desai was up to date on my issues and pointed out that I was not being followed properly.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Really appreciated imaging studies right before my appointment and available for Dr. Desai.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Dr. Desai is incredible. His expertise is tremendous. His recommendations are clear. Really important is the confidence he projects in discussing findings, prognosis, and plan.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Was a wonderful experience for doctors and nurses. All the professionals were helpful. Very helpful.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Incredible, Dr. wonderful nurses and assistants were extremely helpful.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Wonderful experience can't say enough good things about Dr. Desai, his staff, and everyone that sought to my medical needs.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Exceptional care and quality. Dr. Desai is a remarkable physician who is at the top of his skills and expertise. He went out of the way to help schedule tests and showed extreme care in handling my care. I am very grateful.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

I trust Dr Desai completely which is what we needed to decide next steps.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

We trust Dr Desai completely

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2023

Very personable doctor

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2023

The entire process of requesting an appointment with Dr. Desai was easy and seamless.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2023

Dr. Desai was very professional with a genuine caring demeanor. I felt he was genuinely concerned about me. I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Desai on my team!

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2023

Dr. Desai is so kind, attentive and knowledgeable. He involves me in the decision making. He puts my health at the hightest priority.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2023

Dr. Desai is not only an EXCELLENT MD, he is a fantastic human!

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

The best experience that I have had with a care provider.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

Dr Desai is so fabulous and I am honored to have him as my physician. His entire staff took exceptional care of me

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Dr. Desai's office is and always has been very responsive.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Dr. Desai was very clear and friendly

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Dr Desai is one of the top doctors I have ever been as a patient

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

I have an absolutely wonderful experience. Dr. Desai was so caring and thorough and matter of fact. I liked him very well. My appt was run like a well oiled machine. Thank you!

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Dr Desai is fabulous

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

Can't say enough great things about Dr. Desai

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Wife was very favorably impressed and expressed her confidence in this Professional.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

Dr. Desai is brilliant and at the same time attentive and caring

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2022

Overall, great experience with Dr. Desai.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Dr Desai is great in every way

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Highly recommend Dr Desai. Barb, and CC to everyone (and have )

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Dr is one of the best

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

Both doctors I meet with were the very best

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Dr answered my questions. Not much time for any explanation

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

Excellent physician. Smart and personable.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

Outstanding physician

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2022

Dr. Desai is wonderful. My care at the Clinic has been stellar, and he has been a large part of that care. He is very compassionate and always seems to be very on top of my case. His expertise In the complexity and management of Radiation Heart Disease has been a life changer for me, and I have actually moved from Florida to Ohio in order to have him take over my care. I am beyond grateful to both him and Sue, his PA, as they are both fantastic!

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Dr. Desai and Barb Bittel are great. Their knowledge, experience, courteousness, professionalism, & making the patient feel comfortable is the best & I've been to many doctors. Cardiologists & other specialists. CC is run like a well-oiled machine. The way the physicians and staff work with their other colleagues is remarkable.

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

Dr Desai has been phenomenal in all aspects. My husband and I feel quite confident under his care.

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