Mehul J. Desai, MD MPH, is board certified in pain medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. During residency he spent 6 months completing a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health conducting groundbreaking research into mechanisms of muscle pain. His clinical interests include musculoskeletal disease (tendon injuries, osteoarthritis), discogenic pain and intradiscal therapies including biologics, neuromodulation; specifically, spinal cord stimulation and targeted drug delivery, complex spinal conditions, pelvic pain, outcomes-based research and healthcare economics. Dr. Desai is the founder and medical director of the International Spine, Pain & Performance Center, a collaborative, interdisciplinary practice located in Washington, DC.
Formerly, Dr. Desai was assistant professor at the department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and of neurosurgery at the George Washington University Medical Center and served as the director of pain medicine and non-operative spine services of the GW Spine & Pain Center, director of the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at the George Washington University Hospital, and director of the Sibley Pain Center at the Sibley Memorial Hospital. Dr. Desai maintains an avid interest in research, serving as the principle investigator on multiple ongoing clinical trials including studies on radiofrequency ablation and spinal cord stimulation. Dr. Desai has published articles in Pain Practice, Neuromodulation, Pain Physician, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Pain Medicine. He has authored multiple book chapters and is currently completed his second textbook. Dr. Desai currently served as a leadership fellow for the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the 2016 Legislative Fellow for the North American Neuromodulation Society.
- International Spine, Pain & Performance Center
- Washington, DC