About Dr. Nimesh Desai,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Nimesh Desai and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from University of Western Ontario in 2000. To date, I have performed approximately 4,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 2,500 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is the extensive training and experience I have in complex valve repair, including valve-sparing, traditional surgery with living and artificial valves, and minimally invasive procedures. Combined with the technologies, research, and specialized teams at Penn Medicine, we can provide innovative options that aren’t available elsewhere.
I also recognize that every patient is different. I’m most interested in understanding a patient’s lifestyle and individual needs, and working with them to ultimately devise a strategy that is most conducive in helping them meet their goals.
4 Patient Reviews for
"Dr. Nimesh Desai offered me among the best experiences I've ever had with healthcare. He combined clear professionalism and high expertise (including a national profile and scholarly contributions) with a compassionate and personable bedside manner. His care before, during, and after surgery was superb.
As I experience phenomenal quality of life a year after aortic valve surgery, I'm regularly grateful that I was referred to Dr. Desai--and that it was he who literally held my heart in his hands, with all the physical and symbolic implications that entails--and gave me a new lease on life. "
-- Michael King, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 11/13/2020
"When I met Dr. Desai, I asked him, "How difficult is my surgery going to be." He said that for most surgeons it was difficult. But, for him, he performed this type of heart valve surgery all the time.
I knew that he was the man I needed. I was right! He truly is the best, he saved my life!"
-- Ron Seidorf , Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/19/2019
He is one of the leading heart surgeons at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, one of the top hospitals in Pennsylvania for cardiac care.
He replaced my aortic valve four years ago, and I feel great at age seventy-eight. Thanks to Dr. Desai, I got my life back!"
-- James Loring, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/01/2019
I felt completely confident with Dr. Desai's credentials and extensive experience. He was very patient in answering my questions and explaining the options and potential outcomes. My sister and son were with me for the next pre op appointment and they also were fully satisfied with responses to every concern. Dr. Desai had a calming effect on all of us. Penn Medicine is nationally recognized (#6 cardiovascular).
I call the entire team and Hospital University of Pennsylvania a 'well oiled machine' for good reason. My surgery outcome was excellent!"
-- Gloria Hinrichs, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 10/30/2017
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Valve-sparing root surgery
- Bicuspid aortic valve repair and aneurysm surgery
- Minimally invasive and transcatheter aortic valve surgery
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Quality and outcomes in valve and aortic surgery
- Clinical trials and new therapies in valve and aortic surgery
- Innovation of new technology for minimally invasive valve surgery
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Nimesh Desai, heart surgeon, graduated from University of Western Ontario in 2000.
After medical school, Dr. Desai completed an Integrated Cardiac Surgery Residency at University of Toronto Affiliated Hospitals in 2008. Dr. Desai also completed an Advanced Aortic and Endovascular Surgery Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania in 2009.
Dr. Desai earns a Specialist Certificate in Cardiac Surgery and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
During his career, Dr. Desai has received several awards and special credentials including:
*Director, Thoracic Aortic Surgery Research Program
*Co-Director, Thoracic Aortic Surgery Program
*Chair, STS Aortic Task Force
*Chair, STS/ACC TVT Registry Risk Modeling Subcommittee
*Steering Committee, Delaware Valley Society of Thoracic Surgeons
*Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
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To schedule an appointment with Dr. Desai, you can:
- Call (888) 640-6922 right now
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The office of Dr. Desai is located at 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. To get driving directions to this office, please click the map below.
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Watch Educational Video with Dr. Nimesh Desai
Learn about heart valve surgery from Dr. Desai in this video:
Patient Webinar: Advances in Aortic Valve & Aneurysm Surgery with Dr. Nimesh Desai and Dr. Joseph Bavaria
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Page last updated: July 16, 2022