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 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 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 is the Director of Cardiovascular Imaging Research and 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, 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, coronary artery 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, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He is now active in leveraging use of Artificial Intelligence and imaging in predicting outcomes in various cardiac diseases.

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, 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; 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 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 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 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, ARVC, 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

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 2/20/2020, 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

230 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

45 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Dr Desai is a very caring doctor and explained my condition in detail and explained what the proposed treatment would involve. I would recommend that other patients make an appointment with him so that they can use his expertise and caring manner.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

wonderful physician

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

excellent physician

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

Dr. Desai and all team members went above and beyond to help in my care.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

Dr DeSai is the GREATEST!! He is SOcompassionate and caring!! Saved my life!!(again)His colleagues in the cardiac and pulmonary department were awesome too! I am so grateful for all their help they've given to me to get me well again!!

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

All the doctors, nurses, nurses aides, insurance health coordinator down to the room service(food, house keepers repair men) SO COURTEOUSCARING & KIND!!

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

The doctor and his staff were patient and thoughtful. I was very grateful to be seen in such a timely manner.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019

My husband and I both were pleased with Visit with Dr Desai

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019

Outstanding experience and communication with Dr. Desai and the staff.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019

Dr. Desai is very professional with very high knowledge in his field . He highly exceeded our expectations and treated us with respect and cared answering our questions!

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Phenomenal. Kudos to Dr Desai and Stacy.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

I feel very safe knowing Dr Desai is taking care of me!

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

I was referred to Cleveland Clinic by my cardiologist. I saw Dr. Desai and am truly gratefulI did. The time he took with me and my family was very appreciated and I look forward to continuing my progress with him.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Best Doctor for my heart care

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

because Cleveland is number one in heart and so I would recommend but not because the setting or staff is such a great experience with the exception of my doctor. dr. dessai is competent, knowledgeable, etc.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

Dr. Desai and his team were very courteous, informative and empathetic. a very good experience all around.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

Dr Desai is an outstanding physician

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

We were very impressed with Dr. Desai. He is knowledgeable, listens well, explains everything clearly and answered all our questions. I would recommend him to family and friends.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Dr. Desai is an excellent physician/care provider. Have recommended him to other friends in my area, Dayton, Ohio. He listens to my questions and concerns and gives me the advice and info that is important to the situation. My blood does not like foreign objects in my heart(tissue mitral valve) and have had blood clots before. The situation on 9/9th that was discussed is about having foot surgery while I am on Warfarin, etc. (reason for foot surgery, 2 bones have moved). Dr. Desai explained very thoroughly what I am to do and understood the necessity for this surgery for body balance and reducing foot pain.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

Always a good experience getting in to see Dr Desai.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2019

Dr Desai is the Best! He even took the time to treat and order more testing for an underlying condition other than the heart that surfaced during the testing of my heart. He always listens and explains all the options clearly.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2019

Cleveland Clinic has exceeded my expectation. Dr. Desai did an excellent job explaining everything to me. I know I'm in good hands! He was also very pleasant and had a sense of humor. I would recommend him. Thanks so much Dr. Desai!

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

Dr Desai was pleasant, honest and caring. We both appreciated his candor and efforts to give start our journey at Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

Dr Desai and his office staff are always efficient yet take time to spend quality time and discussion with the patient.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

Dr Desai was very helpful and always has the correct information. he is always available when I need him.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Dr. Desai is a remarkable listener. He listens to this patient before he offers a suggestion.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Dr. Desai is, as my three children would say, the bomb - an amazingly compassionate and realistic fellow.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Dr. Desai is amazing. He treats his patients with respect and puts them at ease with his personality. We are blessed to have him as our doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Dr. Desai's male nurse was very friendly and professional.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

Dr Desai is the perfect doctor for me!

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

Dr. Desai is knowledgeable , caring, compassionate , pleasant , polite , smiles and he is what a physician should be all about. I know he was very busy but he took his time , and i felt as if i was his only patient that very busy day for him.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

the encounter was good, though she acted as if she was too busy and was in a hurry. I know they always are very busy , but health care providers should make you feel as if you are the only person they need to see at that time.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019

Beyond outstanding !! I had a great experience there and have confidence in my doctor Dr Desai as a result.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2019

I can't express how comforted I felt after my encounters with Dr. Desai. I know that I'm going to receive the best care at the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

Been seeing Dr. Desai for 10+ years, would highly recommend him!

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

I can tell that Dr. Desai does not have the time for each patient that he used to have. He used to sit down, and in a relaxed manner, discuss my cardiac results and care. The past two times I have seen him, however, he has remained standing and although still very friendly and caring, I was conscious of having to quickly ask my questions before he needed to rush off. All in all, though, I still have a wonderful opinion of Dr. M. Desai!

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

Dr Desai was so good. he is an excellent diagnostian. he understood that I was concerned about my condition and that some of the tests were not accurate. he agreed with me and it was redone and it confirmed his observations. I could not have asked for a better doctor.

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

Dr. Desai is knowledgeable and does an excellent job in explaining the situation. plus he has a delightful sense of humor which made me feel at ease.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

Dr Desai was amazing, thoughtful, direct, caring - would not want to go to anyone else.

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

Dr Desai has a way of making you feel relaxed and focused. This is so important when you're stressed and upset. Everyone that I had contact with that day was kind and supportive!

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

We did not know what to expect at such a large facility. we were so pleasantly surprised at the organization and helpfulness. Dr Desai was personable and very informative. Glad we decided to seek care here.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

I tell everyone with heart health issues to go to Cleveland Clinic for a second opinion. I, also, recommend that they contact Dr. Milind Desai. He takes as much time as needed to answer all the questions I have and thorough in all his explanations. It is so evident that he is totally passionate about what he does.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

Dr. DeSai was wonderful. Obviously an experienced clinician, engaging without imposing. Great experience.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

Dr Desai was excellenthe. answered my 12 questions

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

Dr Desai is awesome. He has a great sense of humor, but also demonstrates his knowledge and confidence about solutions for my condition.

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