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Nimesh D. Desai, MD, PhD

Nimesh D. Desai, MD, PhD Physician

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:

  • Adventitial Cystic Disease
  • Aneurysm Repair Surgery
  • Anomalies of Pulmonary Circulation
  • Anomalous Pulmonary Artery
  • Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return
  • Aortic Arch Aneurysm
  • Aortic Root Replacement
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Ulcer
  • Aortic Valve Procedures
  • Aortic Valve Sclerosis
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Atrial Septal Defect Repair
  • Atrioventricular Canal Defect
  • Balloon Catheter
  • Bloodless Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiac Implant Closure Devices
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Circulatory Assist Devices
  • Collateral Vessel Closure
  • Combined Heart Lung Transplant
  • Congenital Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Convergent Procedure
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG)
  • Double Aortic Arch
  • Embolectomy
  • Endocardial Cushion Defect
  • Enhanced External Counterpulsation
  • Epicardial Lead Placement
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  • Heart Transplant Rejection
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis
  • Impella Insertion
  • Impella Management
  • Infiltrative Disorders of the Heart
  • Infundibular Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Konno Procedure
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure
  • Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device
  • Loeys-Dietz Syndrome
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Maternal Valvular Disease
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Median Sternotomy
  • Mediastinal Disorders
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Mediastinitis
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Closure of Atrial Septal Defect
  • Minimally Invasive Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Ventricular Septal Defect Closure
  • Mitral Regurgitation
  • Mitral Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Myocardial Bridge
  • Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Paravalvular Leak Repair
  • Patent Foramen Ovale Closure
  • Percutaneous Atrial Septal Defect Closure
  • Percutaneous Ventricular Septal Defect Closure
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Pericardiotomy
  • Prosthetic Heart Valves
  • Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Clearance for Surgery
  • Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy
  • Pulmonary Valve Disorders
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis (PVS)
  • Pulmonic Valve Replacement
  • Reoperative Cardiac Surgery
  • Replacement of Heart Valve
  • Rheolytic Thrombectomy
  • Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis
  • Robotic Cardiac Surgery
  • Rupture of Papillary Muscle
  • Septal Myectomy
  • Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Thoracic Aneurysm Repair
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair
  • Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm
  • Thrombectomy
  • Total Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair
  • Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Replacement
  • Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Replacement
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tube Pericardiostomy
  • Valve-Sparing Surgery
  • Valvuloplasty
  • Ventricular Aneurysm
  • Ventricular Septal Defect Repair
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

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

Memberships

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.

Research

Selected Publications:

McCarthy FH, Desai ND: Long-term outcomes will determine the cost-effective approach to aortic valve disease. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery : 2018.

Sultan I, Siki MA, Bavaria JE, Dibble TR, Savino DC, Kilic A, Szeto W, Vallabhajosyula P, Fairman RM, Jackson BM, Wang GJ, Desai ND: Predicting Distal Aortic Remodeling After Endovascular Repair for Chronic DeBakey III Aortic Dissection. Annals of Thoracic Surgery : 2018.

O'Brien SM, Feng L, He X, Xian Y, Jacobs JP, Badhwar V, Kurlansky PA, Furnary AP, Cleveland JC Jr, Lobdell KW, Vassileva C, Wyler von Ballmoos MC, Thourani VH, Rankin JS, Edgerton JR, D'Agostino RS, Desai ND, Edwards FH, Shahian DM: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2018 Adult Cardiac Surgery Risk Models: Part 2-Statistical Methods and Results. Annals of Thoracic Surgery : 2018.

Shahian DM, Jacobs JP, Badhwar V, Kurlansky PA, Furnary AP, Cleveland JC Jr, Lobdell KW, Vassileva C, Wyler von Ballmoos MC, Thourani VH, Rankin JS, Edgerton JR, D'Agostino RS, Desai ND, Feng L, He X, O'Brien SM: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2018 Adult Cardiac Surgery Risk Models: Part 1-Background, Design Considerations, and Model Development. Annals of Thoracic Surgery : 2018.

Wallen TJ, Szeto W, Williams M, Atluri P, Arnaoutakis G, Fults M, Sultan I, Desai N, Acker M, Vallabhajosyula P: Tricuspid valve endocarditis in the era of the opioid epidemic. Journal of cardiac surgery : 2018.

Khoynezhad A, DelaRosa J, Moon MR, Brinkman WT, Thompson RB, Desai ND, Malaisrie SC, Girardi LN, Bavaria JE, Reece TB: PROTECT Investigators. Facilitating Hemostasis After Proximal Aortic Surgery: Results of The PROTECT Trial. Annals of Thoracic Surgery : 2018.

Folkert IW, Foley PJ, Wang GJ, Jackson BM, Bavaria JE, Desai ND, Fairman RM, Damrauer SM: Impact of acute postoperative limb ischemia after cardiac and thoracic aortic surgery. Journal of vascular surgery : 2018.

McCarthy FH, Vemulapalli S, Li Z, Thourani V, Matsouaka RA, Desai ND, Kirtane A, Anwaruddin S, Williams ML, Giri J, Vallabhajosyula P, Li RH, Herrmann HC, Bavaria JE, Szeto WY: Association of Tricuspid Regurgitation With Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Outcomes: A Report From The Society of Thoracic Surgeons/American College of Cardiology Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry. Annals of Thoracic Surgery : 2018.

Patel PA, Patel S, Feinman JW, Gutsche JT, Vallabhajosyula P, Shah R, Giri J, Desai ND, Zhou E, Weiss SJ, Augoustides JG: Stroke After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Incidence, Definitions, Etiologies and Management Options. Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia : 2018.

Kreibich M, Rylski B, Bavaria JE, Branchetti E, Dohle D, Moeller P, Vallabhajosyula P, Szeto WY, Desai ND: Outcome after Surgery for Aortic Dissection Type A in Morbidly Obese Patients. Annals of Thoracic Surgery : 2018.

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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