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Nimesh D. Desai, MD, PhD

Nimesh D. Desai, MD, PhD Surgeon

Director, Thoracic Aortic Surgery Research Program Associate Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Desai is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Nimesh D. Desai

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2015, 2016

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Clinical Specialties

Clinical Expertise:

  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection Repair
  • Aortic Root Surgery
  • Aortic Stent Graft
  • Aortic Surgery
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Atrial Septal Defect Closure
  • Heart Valve Replacement in Elderly
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Valve Surgery
  • Off-Pump Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Partial Sternotomy Aortic Surgery
  • Pulmonary Vein Antrum Isolation (PVAI)
  • Revascularization
  • Stent Graft
  • Stent Graft Aneurysm Repair
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Transcatheter Valvular Therapy
  • Ventricular Assist Device

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Western Ontario
Residency: University of Toronto Affiliated Hospitals
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Heart Association, National Delaware Valley STS Quality Improvement Initiative, Local Eastern Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Society, Local International Society for Minimally Invasive Surgery Program Committee, International Society of Thoracic Surgeons, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Desai is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Chester County Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Desai ND, Bavaria JE: Aortic dissection Mastery in Cardiothoracic Surgery : 2016 (in press).

Desai ND, Acker MA: Hybrid approach to ventricular tachycardia with endocardial and epicardial approaches Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: A Multidisciplinary Approach : 2016 (in press).

Rylski B, Bavaria JE, Szeto WY, Vallabhajosyula P, Milewski RK, Desai ND: Central vs. peripheral cannulation for type A aortic dissection: A propensity-matched analysis Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery : 2016 (In press).

Gutsche JT, Mikkelsen ME, McCarthy FH, Miano TA, Vernick WJ, Ramakrishna H, Patel PA, Augoustides Y, Szeto WY, Desai ND, Lane-Fall MB, Williams ML: Veno-venous extracorporeal life support in hemodynamically unstable patients with ARDS Anesthesia & Analgesia : 2016 (Epub).

Nauta FJH, Tolenaar JL, Patel HJ, Appoo JJ, Tsai TT, Desai ND, Montgomery DG, Mussa FF, Upchurch GR, Fattori R, Hughes GC, Nienaber CA, Isselbacher EM, Eagle KA, Trimarchi S: Impact of retrograde arch extension in acute type B aortic dissection on management and outcomes Annals of Thoracic Surgery 102 (6): 2036-2043,2016.

Williams ML, Bavaria JE, Acker MA, Desai ND, Vallabhajosyula P, Hargrove WC, Atluri P, Szeto WY: Valve aelection in end-stage renal disease: Should it always be biological? Annals of Thoracic Surgery 102 (5): 1531-1535,2016.

Arnaoutakis GJ, Vallabhajosyula P, Bavaria JE, Sultan I, Siki M, Naidu S, Milewski RK, Williams ML, Hargrove WC, Desai ND, Szeto WY: The impact of deep vs. moderate hypothermia on postoperative kidney function after elective aortic hemiarch repair Annals of Thoracic Surgery 102 (4): 1313-1321,2016.

McCarthy FH, Bavaria JE, McDermott KM, Moeller P, Spragan D, Hoedt A, Dibble T, Savino D, Williams ML, Vallabhajosyula P, Szeto WY, Desai ND: At the root of the repair debate: Outcomes after elective aortic root replacements for aortic insufficiency with aneurysm Annals of Thoracic Surgery 102 (4): 1199-1205,2016.

Vallabhajosyula P, Szeto WY, Habertheuer As, Komlo C, Milewski RK, McCarthy F, Desai ND, Bavaria JE: Bicuspid aortic insufficiency with aortic root aneurysm: Root reimplantation vs. Bentall root replacement Annals of Thoracic Surgery 102 (4): 1221-1228,2016.

McCarthy FH, McDermott KM, Spragan D, Hoedt A, Kini V, Atluri P, Gaffey A, Szeto WY, Acker MA, Desai ND: Unconventional volume-outcome associations in adult extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in the United States Annals of Thoracic Surgery 102 (2): 489-495,2016.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Cardiovascular Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, 6th Floor Silverstein Pavilion

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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