Natasha N. Desai, MD

Expertise in: 
Shoulder, Elbow & Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery
Board Certifications: 
Sports Medicine, Emergency Medicine
Accepting New Patients
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Overview

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

Shoulder, Elbow & Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Non-operative Sports Medicine, Elbow Pain, Concussion, Golfer's Elbow, Patellar Tendonitis, Patellar Tendinitis, Knee Problem, Orthopedics, Knee Injury, Stress Fracture, Shoulder Arthritis, Tendonitis, Sports Injuries, Knee Pain, Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Jumper's Knee, Runner's Knee, Joint Injuries, Rotator Cuff Injury, Sports Injury, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Hip Pain, Muscle Injury, Hamstring Tendonitis/Injury, Foot Pain, Athletic Hip Injuries, Achilles Tendon Injury/Rupture, Achilles Tendon, Knee Arthritis, Knee Disorders, Knee Injuries, Shoulder Disorder, Shoulder Injury, Shoulder Pain, Shoulder Problems, Sports Medicine, Tennis Elbow

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine (in Orthopaedic Surgery and Emergency Medicine) at the Columbia University Medical Center

Administrative Titles

  • Associate Chief, Primary Care Sports Medicine

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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 is interested in the aging athlete who struggle 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).

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.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Gender

  • Female

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Location(s)

CUMC/Herbert Irving Pavilion
161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
Primary
New Patient Appointments:
ColumbiaDoctors Morningside
601 West 113th Street
New York, NY 10025
Manhattan - 590 5th Avenue Office
590 5th Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NY Signature
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

Affinity

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs Plan

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan

Capital District Physician Health Plan

  • Capital District Physician Health Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Emblem/HIP

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Healthfirst

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • NYP Employee Plan

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

VNSNY CHOICE

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs Plan

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MD, George Washington University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Board Certifications

  • Sports Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine