Dr. Bijal Desai, MD

Dr. Bijal Desai, MD

Internal MedicineFemaleAge 42

Accepting new patients

Dr. Bijal Desai, MD is a Internal Medicine Specialist in Arlington, VA and has over 15 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from St Georges University School Of Medicine medical school in 2006. She is affiliated with medical facilities such as Inova Alexandria Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital. She is accepting new patients and has indicated that she accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Desai to book an appointment.

Locations

Inova Medical Group - Shirlington Primary Care

New Patient?
(703) 278-2091
Inova Primary Care in Shirlington - Inova2800 S Shirlington Rd Ste 706 Arlington, VA 22206
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  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
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Dr. Desai's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Desai

3.3

Based on 32 ratings

5 Stars
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4 Stars
6.25%
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3 Stars
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1 Star
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What went well
  • Wait times (24)
  • Office environment (21)
  • Listened & answered questions (19)
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (10)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (9)
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (9)
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She is thorough and caring and up on the latest
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Patrick Welsh – Feb 02, 2021
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This office has just become so unprofessional it's amazing they are still in practice. The nurse tells you inaccurate information regarding lab work and follow ups, and tells you to google something if you have a question (and no I'm not making that up I could hardly believe what I was hearing. Seeing the doctor is near impossible and when you do she no longer pays attention and just rushes through the appointment. Emails go unanswered for over a week and I often times have to resend the email after no response- which basically makes me feel as though I'm being completely ignored. I've even started including in my emails please let me know, or please advise, or please respond and still -nothing. I'm completely losing my faith and trust in this provider and practice in general and have started to ask around and search for a new provider.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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M – Aug 19, 2020
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The level of care, concern and helpfulness is minimal at this office. She doesn't respond to emails and is too busy to see patients. Her nurse is ineffective. I have enjoyed every other doctor at Inova and would recommend them, but would not recommend Dr. Desai if you are looking for a GP.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
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Jun 09, 2020
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If you're a new patient, don't choose Inova Primary Care in Shirlington. No one should share my awful experience. They lost my lab samples and then tried to convince me that I hadn’t had my lab work done there even though I had and had been billed for it. They finally found my samples, but I had to keep calling them in order for someone to tell me what my results were. Then they wouldn’t even tell me all of the results over the phone. I was given contradictory information as to whether the doctor knew about my existing condition when she read the results, and then they wouldn’t clarify whether I needed to make another appointment. I also discovered some of my personal information was incorrect in their system because they had failed to check it with me when I had my original appointment. The level of difficulty I experienced in my attempt to obtain standard test results is unacceptable. While everyone I spoke to was nice on the phone, that does not excuse negligence and incompetence.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Mar 14, 2020
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Be aware that you'll probably want to show up an hour early so you don't inconvenience reception. I'm sure Dr. Desai is a great doctor, but because of the location, there should be a modicum of flexibility. I was ten minutes late due to traffic and the staff told me I may not get to see her. I was then told I could have five minutes to talk about one issue. I don't need staff to be condescending when I'm late due to circumstances beyond my control (I even left early from work to make sure I could take care of any paperwork). I should have asked for a copay refund. Instead, I'm looking for another new doctor who will listen and works with a friendlier team who won't chastise me or deny service because of I-66.
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Margaret – Jul 02, 2019
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Very bad experience with this practice. Physical with this dr was rushed and perfunctory. Asked no questions other than the standard and didn't seem to listen to answers. Office doesn't seem that busy so not sure why the rush. In addition, she refused to see my teenage daughter for a long-scheduled physical when daughter was less than 10 minutes late due to terrible traffic near the office; daughter left in tears. Office staff unhelpful and condescending. We are switching practices; no excuse for this kind of treatment. There are plenty of Inova doctors; no need to see one who doesn't care.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
3 people found this helpful
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Carrie in Alexandria – May 22, 2019
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WARNING! I've made two different appointments to get a physical with this doctor and BOTH times the doctor has cancelled days before the scheduled appointment. It's been six months now and two appointment cancellations and I still have not seen the doctor. It's very difficult to get an appointment in the N VA area and I scheduled the appointment months in advance. I travel a lot for work and made travel plans around these appointments and the doctor just keeps cancelling the scheduled appts.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Nov 26, 2018
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Dr Bijal Desai is extremely professional, knowledgeable and thorough in her assessments. I feel very well taken care of at each of my appointments, and look forward to having her as my doctor in the years to come. Office is very efficient and well-run too! Look no further.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
No results
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A. Smith in Arlington, VA – Sep 21, 2018
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Had to wait a month to schedule a physical, was late by 10 min due to traffic (thanks I-66) and long commute from work, Dr. Desai marked me as a no-show, said she didn't have time for appointment and I could reschedule (and wait another month). The lack of scheduling flexibility and transactional nature of interactions has me looking for another primary care physician unfortunately.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Appointment was rushed
2 people found this helpful
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Matt S in Arlington, VA – May 24, 2018
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Dr. Desai has been my primary care doctor for two or three years. I find her very professional, caring, and knowledgable. She has expectations from her patients just as we have expectations from our doctors. She is one of the two top primary care doctors I've ever had and I'm 76 years old.
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What could be improved
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Elizabeth M in Alexandria, VA – Dec 23, 2016
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Dr Desai is absolutely the best. She cares about her patients and will follow up with their care. She listens and is very attentive. I have recommended Dr Desai to several friends.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Susan H in Alexandria, VA – Jan 17, 2016
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Thank you so much for the kind words!
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Background

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No malpractice claims found for Virginia
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Desai's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abnormal Thyroid
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Acne
  • Acute Bronchitis
  • Acute Pharyngitis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Administrative Physical
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Anemia
  • Animal Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Asthma
  • Asymptomatic Post-Menopausal Status
  • Ataxia
  • Back Pain
  • Bladder Infection
  • Blepharitis
  • Blood in Urine (Hematuria)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchitis
  • Calcium Metabolism Disorders
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cellulitis
  • Chest Pain
  • Chest Wall Pain Syndrome
  • Chlamydia Infections
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Cluster Headache
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Cold Sore
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Cough
  • Dermatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes Counseling
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diverticulitis, Intestinal
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Skin
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Emphysema
  • Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
  • Enteritis
  • Esophagitis
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Fever
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastroparesis
  • Gout
  • Hair Loss
  • Hammer Toe
  • Headache
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • Herpes Zoster Without Complication
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hives
  • Hydrocele
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Immunization
  • Immunization Administration
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Injuries
  • Insomnia
  • Iron Metabolism Disorders
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Itchy Skin
  • Joint Pain
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Limb Swelling
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lyme Disease
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Mastodynia
  • Menstrual Disorders (incl. Dysmenorrhea)
  • Migraine
  • Mineral Metabolism Disorders
  • Motion Sickness
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Otitis Media
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Overweight
  • Painful Urination (Dysuria)
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pharyngitis
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Physical Examination
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Wart
  • Pneumonia
  • Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac Poisoning
  • Pollen Allergy
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Polyuria
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Proteinuria
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rash
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Shingles
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sinus Bradycardia
  • Sinus Tachycardia
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep-Related Leg Cramp
  • Smoking Cessation Counseling
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Strep Throat
  • Stye
  • Swine Flu
  • Tension Headache
  • Thyroid Goiter
  • Tinnitus
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tremor
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Stones
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Vaccination
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Vertigo
  • Viral Enteritis
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Vitamin B Deficiency
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Warts
  • Wellness Examination
  • Wheezing

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About Me

Care Philosophy

An internal medicine doctor geared toward helping prevent, diagnose and manage chronic diseases in adults. We are conveniently located near Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, Fairfax and Oxon Hill, MD.

Biography

Dr. Desai comes to Inova Medical Group – Shirlington from our Old Town Alexandria location. She looks forward to serving both old and new patients in our...Read more

Specialties

  • Internal Medicine

Board Certifications

Education

2009
Greenville Hospital System
Residency Hospital
2007
Greenville Hospital System
Internship Hospital
2006
St Georges University School Of Medicine
Medical School
2000
Emory University
Undergraduate School
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Languages

  • English
  • Gujarati

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Bijal Desai, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (703) 278-2091, and for other questions, call (571) 777-2420.

Does Dr. Bijal Desai, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Desai has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Bijal Desai, MD accepting new patients?

Dr. Bijal Desai, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Desai's profile to make an appointment.

Does Dr. Bijal Desai, MD accept my insurance?

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What are Dr. Bijal Desai, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Desai frequently treats Wellness Examination, Vitamin D Deficiency, and Secondary Hypertension. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Desai treats.

Where is Dr. Bijal Desai, MD's office located?

Dr. Desai's office is located at 2800 S Shirlington Rd Ste 706, Arlington, VA 22206. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Bijal Desai, MD speak?

Dr. Desai speaks Gujarati and English. View profile to see all.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Desai is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Inova Alexandria Hospital

Alexandria, VA

67% Patient Experience Rating, 2% lower than the national average

15 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

Inova Fairfax Hospital

Falls Church, VA

80% Patient Experience Rating, 11% higher than the national average

36 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

Alexandria, VA

77% Patient Experience Rating, 8% higher than the national average

4 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital

Greenville, SC

69% Patient Experience Rating, Equal to the national average

4 Awards Received