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 graduated from George Washington University / School of Medicine And Health Sciences in 2010 and specializes in orthopedic sports medicine and sports medicine.Read her story

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590 5th Ave Fl 5

New York, NY 10036
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Accepted insurance

  • 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

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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."


  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • 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
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Pain
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Gout
  • Hand Pain
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • 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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  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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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NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

is a Healthgrades Top-Rated Hospital

Hospital Quality

2018 Five Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement

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Dr. Desai's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Desai to family and friends
based on 8 total reviews (5 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (8)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Desai's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (5)

in HoHoKus, NJ
Dr. Desai is one of the most knowledgeable, kind, competent, caring, compassionate doctor I have met in my 75 years! It was indeed a privilege to have been referred to her. I cannot compliment her adequately for all she has done to help my healing, including listening to and answering my...more
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in Toronto, ON
Dr. Desai is extremely thoughtful and took time to explain the injury. Consistent follow up and easy to schedule appointments
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in New York, NY
Dr Desai helped resolve a shoulder pain issue that I had been having for a year, even after physical therapy. She very quickly isolated the issue and came up with a treatment plan that resulted in no more pain and a resumption of my normal activities. Even just as important, she helped me...more
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in Fort Lee, NJ
Dr. Desai is thorough, caring and conservative with her diagnosis. She does not jump to conclusions and spends the necessary time to answer your questions. Freddy Kalles
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in Ossining, NY
She was very caring and mindful of our concerns regarding our daughter's condition and care. She presented a very thorough regimen protocol for our daughter's health plan, which benefited her immensely.
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