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Nimesh D. Desai, MD, PhD

Nimesh D. Desai, MD, PhD Surgeon

Director, Thoracic Aortic Surgery Research Program
Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Hospital

Dr. Desai is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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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 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
  • Valve Replacement in the Elderly
  • 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
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • 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, International Society of Thoracic, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Desai is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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).

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-PENN (7366)

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