Dr. Natasha Desai, MD

Dr. Natasha Desai, MD

Orthopedic Sports Medicine  ·  
Female  ·  
35 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Natasha Desai, MD is an orthopedic sports medicine surgery specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 3 years. She specializes in orthopedic sports medicine and sports medicine.Read her story

ColumbiaDoctors Orthopedics

590 5th Ave Fl 5

New York, NY 10036
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Insurance Accepted

  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • HealthPlus
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • POMCO Group
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

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Knee Disorders
very high
more than 90% of peers
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
very high
more than 89% of peers
Joint Pain
more than 88% of peers

Dr. Desai's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Desai's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Desai "Natasha Desai, MD, specializes in the non-operative treatment of bone, joint, and muscular injuries and concussion management in pediatric and adult patients. She offers non-surgical treatment for a variety of orthopedic complaints, providing alternative options for patient that do not desire or are not candidates for surgical intervention. She specializes in ultrasound for diagnosis and treatment of a variety of problems. Dr. Desai is also an expert in the most up to date treatment in sports related concussion diagnosis and management. She serves as a team physician for Columbia Athletics and other local sports teams. As former competitive gymnast, and member of the PAC-10 championship gymnastics team at UCLA, Dr. Desai specializes in treating athletes of all ages and caliber. Her focus is to keep her patients active even through injury. She is also interested in the aging athlete who struggles with arthritis and other wear and tear injuries. Born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from UCLA and received her medical degree, with honors, from George Washington School of Medicine and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City where she successfully completed both the global health and sports medicine tracks, receiving the Humanitarian Award for her work on head injury in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Desai went on to complete a Pediatric and Adult Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Desai has been an active researcher in the area of concussion and has presented her research at numerous conferences. Her experience includes work with NCAA Division I, Division III, and professional athletes. She has served as an Assistant Team Physician for the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) and Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Desai "Dr. Desai is committed to building strong patient relationships based on good patient education, open lines of communication, and up-to-date treatments and management strategies."

2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine

2  Board Certifications

  • Emergency Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Emergency Medicine*
  • Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Emergency Medicine*

42  Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Gout
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Strain of Hamstring Muscle
  • Tendonitis
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6  Procedures

  • Fracture Care
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

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.


  • George Washington University / School of Medicine And Health Sciences
    Medical School | Graduated 2010
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2014
  • Children'S Hospital Of Philadelphia
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2015

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Desai has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Desai's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Desai to family and friends
14 total reviews (11 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (14)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

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 (11)

Dr. Desai was extremely thorough and understanding in my appointment regarding my nagging knee injury. She focused not just on the knee joint but on the entire body that affected the joint which was a refreshing and effective wholistic approach. I appreciate the professionalism of her office and...more
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Dr. Desai is amazing and I am so lucky to have found her. She was the third orthopedic surgeon I visited due to an unresolved shoulder injury from years of swimming. She was patient and knowledgeable and I appreciated all of the questions she asked, instead of immediately insisting on surgery. It...more
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Dr. Desai has been great - responsive, personable, professional, smart. I have referred multiple patients to her and have only heard back excellent reviews. Her clinical judgement and ability to think outside the box has consistently provided patients new found hope on conditions they frustratedly...more
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Amazing dr with great results!
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I went to Dr Desai for terrible knee pain that I had been avoiding for a while. She put me at ease the minute she walked into the office. She used an ultrasound to assess my issues (something I’ve never seen before and probably saved me a visit to another clinic) and provided a plan that has...more
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