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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

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

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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 4/23/2021, 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.

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

270 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 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

47 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

Doc Desai is very thorough and sincere in providing care.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

This was my first visit with Dr Desai. My other doctor retired. I was so nervous to meet him and how he would be. I walked out of office with a big smile. He was so kind and made me so comfortable. I felt like he will be taking good care of me.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Dr. Desai is absolutely awesome...kindness is beyond words!

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Both Dr Desai and Barb Bittel are very knowledgeable, professional, kind and friendly. They made me feel very comfortable. They answer all questions and are very patient.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2021

This was my first visit with Dr. Desai and I was very pleased with the way he listened, the suggestions that he made and the professionalism and level of care and concern that he demonstrated.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2021

I really liked Dr Desai and how he addressed everything. he spoke in plain English as opposed to medical terms and he made me feel very comfortable in a plan of how we will be proceeding to make sure all is as it should be and how we will approach getting me back to my best health.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Dr. Desai and staff were wonderful, very caring, spemt time listening to me and taking down information, explaining my testing results and providing guidance. they handled everything such as follow up appoimtments ( lowering my stress level). Confident, knowledgeable, caring doctors and nurses and assistants at Cleveland Heart Clinic

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

As i have gotten older, my earimg isnt as good and my thought process is slower. Dr Desia explained what was going on with my heart and kindly repeated when needed. unfortunately my options were limited. Doctors and surgeons at other facilities had given up and have said they have done all they can do. Desai was knowledgeable and confident in his diagnoses and Pettersson was confident that he can perform a successful surgery giving me my life back. They both took time to listen to and didnt rush mr through the visit. yes, i would recommend anyone who started havimg heart problems to go to Cleveland Climic as soon as possible. They can do it right the first time!

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

I have no complaints other than I wish I could have had 3 & 1/2 more minutes with the Dr.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

Exceptional response and amazing support by Susan in Dr. Disai's office. best. ever.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

excellent provider

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Every dr. who participated in my procedure came by to see me and gave me their unhurried time.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

this is the BEST EXPERIENCE I have ever had with a Doctor. I am very thankful.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

I have always had excellent experiences with Dr. Desai and the Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

Dr. Desai is always very direct with good and/or no so good news. This past visit was all good!

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

I have recommended the Clinic and specific physicians to several friends who all have had positive experiences.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2020

I have always been perfectly accommodated with my testing and doctor appointments so that all of these appointments are one right after the other and I am in and out of CC within hours. Excellent scheduling!

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2020

Dr. Desai is a very compassionate, considerate and overall wonderful doctor. He even made a suggestion of using a Fitbit to help keep me aware of my exercise to help keep me healthy.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

Doctor Desai is a personable and caring physician. He tells you what needs to be done and the detail behind it. I have been blessed to have him and Doctor Mina Chung as the primary physicians that I have seen over the years at the Clinic.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

All the test providers were very professional. Dr Desai is the best. Direct information, asks the right questions and understands my situation with travel.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

dr desai is a very smart Dr and he is also a listener. he tells you like it is. he is kind and very positive.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

no one else knew what to do for me but dr desai know right away. I am very thankful to Clevland clinic

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

I have always found scheduling appointments with Dr. Desai to be very easy in the process very smooth

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Dr. Desai is an Excellent Doctor

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

I drive to Cleveland from Buffalo not because there are no cardiologists here, but rather the amazing reputation of Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Desai. My conclusion is that said reputation is more than warranted given the experiences I have had at CC.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Dr. Desai is a no nonsense, straight shooter but also a very astute listener.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

outstanding visit!Dr. Desai has high standards with dignity and integrity and treat his patients with respect and care and with best results! He represent the CCF and his department very well to the public!

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

Dr Desai is one of the best Doctors I have ever gone to in my entire life.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Everyone was so kind and polite and took great concern in all your health problems and guided you to were you needed to go.The doctors were so good and amazing,They gave me hope to continue my life in every way. Thank you

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Dr desai and his staff are phenomenal

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Very enjoyable, got a lot out of the visit. Met new doctor for the first time .

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Dr Desai and his staff have been very good about accommoding me as I live in another state and have to fly to Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Dr Desai an extraordinary human being , a very knowledgeable , caring , compassionate physician . An asset to the Cleveland Clinic .

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Great Doctor...actually listens to you!

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

the doctors secretary STACY is phenomenal helping me I live in Florida and she does a great job of coordinating all of my tests and visits

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

Greatly appreciated the medical care and advice provided by Dr. Desai.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

this was my first appointment with Dr Desai.I was very pleased

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

Dr Desai has a great rapport with patients and I would highly recommend him as a cardiologist

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

wait time was good we were early and the doctor took us right in.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

Excellent visit!! Dr. Desai is amazing!

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

Stacy, Dr. Desai's secretary is extremely responsive and professional whenever I call. All my appointments are set up efficiently and quickly. This is much appreciated.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

I have been coming to the Clinic to see Dr. Desai for 13 years now. He always discusses things with me very carefully and thoroughly and with professional expertise. I value his opinions and advice and will continue to see him each year going forward.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

I loved Dr Desai and would like to travel to Cleveland for a yearly exam I am grateful for his thorough explanation of my options, and I am at peace with my decision to follow his advice. Thank you Dr Desai

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Very impressed with the Doctors, nurses and staff profesional knowledge, attention and respect for the patient . excellent!!

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Very happy with my consultation with Dr. Desai.

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

doctor was very thoughtful and thorough

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

As always working with Dr Desai was great

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