Dr. Bharat Desai, MD

Dr. Bharat Desai, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 53
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Dr. Bharat Desai, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Golden, CO. He is 53 years old and has been practicing for 27 years. Read his story

660 Golden Ridge Rd Ste 250

Golden, CO 80401

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna

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Ankle Sprains and Strains
very high
more than 99% of peers
Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
very high
more than 99% of peers
Limb Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Desai's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Desai "Bharat M. Desai, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in Denver specializing in musculoskeletal trauma and foot and ankle. He graduated from Swarthmore College and then earned his medical degree from Temple University in 1990. Having a special interest in orthopedic trauma, he completed a trauma fellowship program at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He joined our practice in August 1996. His current interests are pelvis and acetabular fractures, complex intraarticular fractures and complex foot and ankle disorders. In conjunction with Dr. Lammens, Dr. Desai specializes in malunions, non-unions and traumatic reconstructions."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Desai "To practice high quality orthopedic care for my patients. The philosophy is the patient drives the practice. The employees are team members who are mutually accountable and pursue our goal of high quality care in a team approach."


  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Clubfoot
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic (Charcot) Foot
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Foot and Ankle Disorders
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Heel Spur
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lower Extremity Trauma
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Multiple Injuries
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Sever's Disease
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture


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  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Replacement
  • Arm Surgery
  • Bone and Joint Repair
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot Surgery
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Hammer Toe Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hardware Removal
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Removal of Bone Spur
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Colorado.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Swarthmore College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Temple University School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1990
  • Geisinger Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Geisinger Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Harborview Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Cum Laude Society, 1982
  • Sigma XI Society, 1986
Media & Publications
  • Divergent Alignment of Femoral Interference Screws in Single Incision Endoscopic Reconstruction of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, 1994

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Desai's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Desai to family and friends
based on 109 total reviews (21 with comments)
Dr. Desai's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (21)
in Littleton, CO |
Very personable and empathetic Addresses fears and concerns readily and is very reassuring.
Parker, CO |
Dr. Desai was extremely knowledgeable and helpful with my condition. He was kind and answered all my questions. I also appreciated that he was on time to the appointment and didn’t keep me waiting for. A long time.
in Bozeman, MT |
Dr. Desai was very thorough in explaining why my foot is hurting. I am confident in his plan to give me relief and help me walk comfortably again.
in Pine, CO |
Dr. Desai walked in with a smile on his face. It was clear to me that he read my chart as he addressed me by my name. Dr. Desai explained everything thoroughly. What I had boken and the steps I had to take to heel properly. I was well taken care of. Check-in procedure was awesome by the way. Thank you very much.
Mckinney, TX |
The office was extremely busy the morning of my appointment and I had to wait awhile, but Dr. Desai took the time to talk with me about my condition, was calmly reassuring, and I left confident of my outcome.
Denver, CO |
Excellent doctor Patience and love for people
in Golden, CO |
Dr Desai clearly explained my condition and took corrective action immediately.
in Broomfield, CO |
Dr. Desai is a wonderful doctor. Very skilled and a wonderful personality. Would highly recommend him.
Westminster, Colorado |
Caring, courteous, pleasant, and personable. Efficient with time, but does take the time to explain necessary procedures.
in Denver, CO |
I would highly recommend Dr Desai. He took the time to explain and answer my questions. I will not hesitate to go back.
Littleton, CO |
Smooth and efficient appointment that started right on time. Quick meeting with him but he did explain my issue and how to resolve it. Didn't make me take any extra and unnecessary or expensive steps. Would recommend him over others I've met with.
in Denver, CO |
Dr. Desai first treated me 18 mos ago for a broken clavicle. He gave it a few weeks to begin healing then we ultimately decided to plate it as healing was very slow. It was the right decision and he set the expectations very well. 17 mos later he did a second surgery to remove the plating, again he set correct expectations. He was always very compassionate and caring, he was always available when I needed him. I would highly recommend him, and will not hesitate to go back. Thanks Dr Desai
Littleton, CO |
Dr. Desai was very helpful and explained everything clearly. He even asked if I needed anything else before he left the room. Dr. Desai explained my diagnosis in terms that I would understand.
in Golden, CO |
I fell off a ladder in October and broke my heel bone into three pieces. On October 21st I had surgery with Dr. Desai, receiving a plate and 8 screws. Before and after the surgery, Dr. Desai was very confident and upbeat. I found this encouraging. Early on, my wife said "No skiing for you this year!", to which Dr. Desai said, "Hmmm, maybe spring skiing." That became a goal to work toward, and on March 31st I skied at Aspen for two days. The foot performed great! Thanks Dr. Desai!
in Arvada, CO |
I fractured my ankle and had surgery in South Africa. I went to another surgeon at Panorama Orthopedic for follow-up care who was rude and didn't provide adequate care. I wasn't healing normally so I switched to Dr. Desai. I think he is the most amazing, caring orthopedic surgeon I've ever met. He took me in and ended up having to do another surgery to take out the hardware on my ankle since it had become infected. He explained everything thoroughly. I appreciate Dr. Desai immensely.
in Denver |
I visited Dr. Desai for what I thought was a sprained ankle. I have general confidence in Panorama Orthopedics but did not know him. It was just so clear that he knows what he is doing, he is very smart (important to me), and he is curious. He diagnosed my condition quickly and effortlessly, prescribed a protocol and did not over-prescribe with unnecessary follow ups. I highly recommend him.
Denver, CO |
I will NEVER recommend Desai to anyone ever. He did surgery on my foot & butchered it in all of the 10 minutes he decided to designate to my foot. He cut nerves, tendons & with his lack of concern caused my foot to become extremely infected. I was horrified at the outcome & the LACK OF QUALITY of his surgical skills!!! I found another surgeon to correct his MESS on my foot, 2 1/2 hours of surgery. I have come across other victims of his surgery. HORRIBLE OUTCOME! He deserves 0 stars. A butcher
Evergreen, CO |
He pretends to listen, but forgets most things. In and out in a flash or sends a PA. Unsuccessful surgery so he just refers you to pain management instead of trying to fix the problem.
in Castle Rock, CO |
The first ankle sprain that my wife went to Dr. Desai for, last year, he was very good. She had a pretty bad one this last time, high ankle sprain. We had to 2 appointments and the doctor never came in to examine her either time. Instead he sent in the PA both times. When I make an appointment with a doctor I expect to at least see the doctor, not the PA. Once maybe but not for 2 appointments. Very disappointing. I gave a poor rating to the provider because we never saw the doctor.
in Lakewood, CO |
I had a shattered my pelvis from a cycling accident. I knew it was bad, but didn't realize how bad it was until after the surgery. The day before, Dr. Desai visited me to explain everything and encouraged my then panicking mind that everything would be ok. He knew I was very active and assured me I'd be back to riding with a full (99%) recovery. I was back on the bike 2 weeks after crutches and racing 6 weeks later. Highly recommend for pelvic surgery.
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  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
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  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
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