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Natasha N. Desai, MD

Natasha N. Desai, MD

Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center

Assistant Attending Physician, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


Office: 212-305-0769 | Appointments: 212-305-4565



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 patients 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 a 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, and received the Humanitarian Award for her work on head injury in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Desai later 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).

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.


Education

2005B.S. Neuroscience, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2010Doctor of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha
George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC

Postdoctoral Training

2010-2014Resident, Emergecy Medicine; Specialty Tracks: Sports Medicine and Global Health
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
2014-2015Fellow, Primary Care Sports Medicine
Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania/University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Licensure

  •    New York

Board Certification

  •    Board Certified, American Board of Emergency Medicine
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