Dr. Bijal Desai, MD

Dr. Bijal Desai, MD

Internal Medicine •  Female • Age 41

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Dr. Bijal Desai, MD is a Internal Medicine Specialist in Arlington, VA. She is affiliated with medical facilities such as Inova Fairfax Hospital and Inova Alexandria Hospital. She has indicated that she accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Desai to book an appointment.


Inova Primary Care in Shirlington - Inova

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(703) 278-2091
Inova Primary Care in Shirlington - Inova2800 S Shirlington Rd Ste 706 Arlington, VA 22206

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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Susan H in Alexandria, VA – Jan 17, 2016
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Dr. Desai's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abnormal Thyroid
  • Acne
  • Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Acute Pharyngitis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Anemia
  • Anemia and Iron Deficiency Screening
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Asthma
  • Asymptomatic Post-Menopausal Status
  • Ataxia
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bladder Diseases
  • Bladder Infection
  • Blood Disorders
  • Blood in Urine (Hematuria)
  • Bone Disorders
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Pain
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchitis
  • Calcium Metabolism Disorders
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cellulitis
  • Chest Pain
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Chronic Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Chronic Interstitial Cystitis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Cold Sore
  • Constipation
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Cough
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Dehydration
  • Dermatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Secondary
  • Diabetes Screening
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Dizziness
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Emphysema
  • Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophagitis
  • Fever
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fungal Nail Infection
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gout
  • Hair Loss
  • Headache
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • Herpes Zoster Without Complication
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hives
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Immunization
  • Immunization Administration
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Injuries
  • Insomnia
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Itchy Skin
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Leg and Foot Ulcers
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Limb Swelling
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lyme Disease
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Mastodynia
  • Menopausal and Postmenopausal Disorders
  • Menstrual Disorders (incl. Dysmenorrhea)
  • Migraine
  • Mineral Metabolism Disorders
  • Motion Sickness
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Nosebleed
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoporosis Screening
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Perimenopause
  • Pharyngitis
  • Physical Examination
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac Poisoning
  • Pollen Allergy
  • Pregnancy Test
  • Prostate Cancer Screening
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rapid Flu Test
  • Rash
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rib Fracture
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Shingles
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Infections
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation Counseling
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Strep Throat
  • Symptomatic Menopause
  • Tension Headache
  • Testicular Dysfunction
  • Thrombosis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroid Screening
  • Tinnitus
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Tonsillitis
  • Ulcer
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Stones
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Vaccination
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Vertigo
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Wellness Examination
  • Wheezing

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.


  • Internal Medicine

Board Certifications


Greenville Hospital System
Residency Hospital
Greenville Hospital System
Internship Hospital
Emory University
Undergraduate School


  • Gujarati
  • English


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Inova Fairfax Hospital

Falls Church, VA

80% Patient experience rating, 11% higher than the national average

  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019)

Inova Alexandria Hospital

Alexandria, VA

66% Patient experience rating, 3% lower than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2018)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

Alexandria, VA

78% Patient experience rating, 9% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019)

Greenville Memorial Hospital

Greenville, SC

69% Patient experience rating, Equal to the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2018)