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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

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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 4/23/2021, 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

280 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

38 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Overall a very good experience, however trying to coordinate visits with other doctors is difficult and resulted in extending my stay in Cleveland an extra day.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

Dr. Desai has a wonderful chair side manner. Never felt intimidated. Remembered I was a nurse from only one previous visit. Very personable

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Dr. Desai was extremely helpful in explaining what my diagnosis was. He showed me the problem by bringing upMy MRI and showing me exactly what is going on with my heart. He explained exactly so I could understand.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Dr Desai has been exceptional over past 5 years. Explains his recommendations very well.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

I am a healthcare provider with high expectations of the care that I receive and Dr Desai is one of the best I have encountered!

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

ALL the front desk staff were truly friendly, supportive, accommodating. Offered and found ways to fit me in so I could have time foe my husband and I to conference with Dr Desai.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

Dr Desai is polite , caring , knowledgeable , compassionate , I certainly recommend him to my family and friends.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Scheduling staff was kind curious and helpful. Dr. Desai's available appointments are limited, but I was accommodated well.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

The concern, knowledge, and willingness to explain my cardiac treatment options provided by Dr. Desai were exceptional.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

I am always recommending CC and Dr Desai every chance I get. Dr Desai is great!

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Dr Desai and everyone at Cleveland Clinic has been amazingly caring and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Fantastic experience. As a physician I am doubly impressed with your efficiency

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Dr Milind Desai is fabulous and with my 3 hour drive to Cleveland from Detroit.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

Dr. Desai and his staff are A-plus.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

If Dr. DeSai says it is time for an operation, then I will have an operation. Whatever he recommends is taken as the truth without question. He has earned this level of respect from me.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

I really felt well cared for by the doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

Dr Desai is excellent. He was straightforward and effectively explained what was wrong and what treatment was needed. He is a terrific doctor

Reviewed on May 28, 2021

I had some anxiety about the ct scan and between Dr. Desai and the tech as well as the nurses, I was able to overcome my issue and very happy I did.

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Dr. Desai was outstanding. Wish I could have gotten in sooner to see him.

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

dr Desai is a fabulous doctor and his assistant Susan is also

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Dr. Desai has been outstanding and truly saved my life.

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

My wife had a check up with Dr. Desai. I attended and at the end of the appointment she told the Dr. of my recent AF incident. Upon a quick check he immediately booked 3 tests that afternoon. Unbelievably wonderful care due to Dr. Desai's intervention in my behalf.

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.

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