Dr. Desai is a Harvard University educated, double-board certified, double-fellowship trained Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive Surgeon. He has trained for twenty-years since graduating high school to become a Plastic Surgeon. He has worked in all three epicenters of Plastic Surgery in the United States: Beverly Hills, Miami Beach, and New York City. Dr. Desai's work has recently been profiled on various national and international news outlets including CNN, Good Morning America, Nightline, NBC News, ABC News, and CBS News among others. Dr. Desai has had an impressive journey to become a Plastic Surgeon. He was born and raised in a suburb outside Boston in Newton, Massachusetts. While in high school, he was involved in pre-college coursework at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before completing his undergraduate education with Honors in Neuroscience in New York. During one summer in college, Dr. Desai worked at Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts General Hospital. The following summer, he was selected among a highly competitive pool of applicants for a summer research program at NASA in Cape Canaveral, Florida. After graduating from college, Dr. Desai travelled to India to work for the World Health Organization (WHO) in New Delhi. He returned to Boston where he studied Art at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He remained in Boston where he received a graduate degree (MPH) in Health Policy from Harvard University while simultaneously pursuing his medical degree (MD) from Tufts University School of Medicine. Initially, Dr. Desai was on a course to become a Neurosurgeon, after spending a summer in medical school in the Department of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts General Hospital. However, his experience as a medical student participating in a cleft-lip and cleft-palate reconstruction mission project treating children born with congenital malformations in China let him to the field of Plastic Surgery. He went on to complete his surgical internship in General Surgery, followed by a rigorous surgical residency training program rotating between Brown Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston - Harvard Medical School and Tufts Medical Center. During residency, Dr. Desai was active in research in the department of Plastic Surgery at Children's Hospital – Harvard Medical School in Boston studying congenital deformities in children and applications in Craniofacial Surgery. He went on to complete a second residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. Dr. Desai was also selected for the coveted fellowship in Advanced Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at the Beverly Hills Institute of Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Desai has always been dedicated to academic research in Plastic Surgery. He has authored 7 textbook chapters and has 14 peer-reviewed papers published under his name in journals including The Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (JPRAS), The Aesthetic Surgery Journal, and The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. He has presented the culmination of his research at numerous national and international conferences and meetings. Dr. Desai has always been dedicated to international service and serving the under-privileged. As a high school student, he helped build a school-house in rural Ecuador. After college, he travelled to India to volunteer at a leprosy camp for Mother Teresa's Missionary in Calcutta. While in medical school, he traveled to rural south-west China on a cleft-lip and cleft-palate reconstruction project treating children who were born with congenital malformations, as this was his inspiration to transition into the field of Plastic Surgery. After medical school, he volunteered after the 2005 tsunami disaster on the island of Koh Phi Phi, Thailand. More recently, Dr. Desai traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti after the devastating earthquake that shocked that nation on three separate occasions to perform pediatric cleft-lip and palate reconstruction as well as burn reconstruction in children. He has served as a lecturer for the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery Course: Challenges Delivering Cleft Surgery in the Underdeveloped World. Dr. Desai has always been a scholar-athlete. He played varsity lacrosse and was a varsity rower (crew) in high school, was an NCAA collegiate rower in college, and has run the Boston Marathon and the New York Marathon. Dr. Desai currently holds an academic attending staff position at a Columbia University affiliated hospital, Mt. Sinai Medical Center and the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mt. Sinai in Manhattan.
Dr. Desai's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Board certified in Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery
Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery
Facial Cosmetic Surgery
Facial Plastic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Surgery
Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Plastic Surgery of the Hand
Plastic Surgery-Head & Neck
Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*
Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Desai's Board Certifications
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Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Breast Lift Surgery
Breast Surgical Procedure
Complex Revision Rhinoplasty
Excision of Skin Lesion
Head and Neck Surgery
Mini Tummy Tuck
Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
Primary Cosmetic Rhinoplasty
Smartlipo Triplex® Laser Liposuction
Vaser® Liposelection (Liposuction)
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for New York.
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Harvard School Of Public Health
Medical School | Graduated
Tufts University School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated
Tufts Medical Center
Internship Hospital | Completed
Brown University / Alpert Medical School
Residency Hospital | Completed
Tufts Medical Center
Residency Hospital | Completed
University Of Miami Hospitals and Clinics
Residency Hospital | Completed
Beverly Hills Institute Of Plastic Surgery
Fellowship Hospital | Completed
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Desai has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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