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Natasha N. Desai, MD

Board Certifications: 
Sports Medicine, Emergency Medicine
Expertise in: 
Shoulder, Elbow & Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery
Accepting New Patients
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(212) 305-4565


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Credentials & Experience

Board Certifications

  • Sports Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine

Clinical Expertise

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

Education & Training

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

About Natasha Desai

Natasha N. Desai, MD – Non-Operative Sports Medicine Specialist at ColumbiaDoctors

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.

Academic Titles

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

Administrative Positions

  • Associate Chief, Primary Care Sports Medicine

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia


  • Female

Insurance Accepted


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


  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan


  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


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

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Blue Access (Exchange)
  • EPO
  • Gatekeeper (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Pathway (Exchange)
  • POS
  • 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


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

Local 1199

  • NYP Employee Plan


  • MagnaCare

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty
  • Medicare Managed Care




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


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth


  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

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

Contact & Locations

161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, New York 10032
(212) 305-4565
590 5th Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, New York 10036
(212) 305-4565
(212) 305-4024
601 West 113th Street
New York, New York 10025
(212) 305-4565
51 West 51st Street
New York, New York 10019
(212) 305-4565