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 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 Director of Cardiovascular Imaging Research and serves on the Heart & Vascular Institute Research Council and Clinical Investigations 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: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx
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 noninvasive atherosclerosis imaging using CT and MRI; understanding the role of evolving techniques, such as cardiac CT, in cardiac risk prediction; hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; stress testing in patients with valvular heart disease; multimodality imaging; outcomes assessment in ischemic and nonischemic cardiomyopathy; and outcomes in radiation-related heart disease, valvular heart disease and aortic disorders.
Dr. Desai has authored or co-authored numerous articles and book chapters on his specialty interests in publications such as Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), European Heart Journal, Heart, Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, American Journal of Cardiology and American Heart Journal.
He serves as a reviewer for multiple journals, including Nature Medicine; Circulation; Journal of the American College of Cardiology; JACC Imaging; Circulation Imaging; Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology (ATVB); Heart, American Journal of Cardiology; American Heart Journal; and Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. Dr. Desai is a guest editor for JACC and on the editorial board of JACC Imaging and Journal of Cardiac CT, and serves as an abstract grader for the American Heart Association, European Society of Cardiology, and Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT).
Dr. Desai is on the Board of Directors for the Certification Board of Cardiovascular Imaging (a parent organization of Cardiac CT and Nuclear Cardiology Board examinations). He also serves on multiple committees for SCCT. Dr. Desai also serves on the Education 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 him or her, and he or she is feeling 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