Mehul J. Desai, MD MPH Physician

Dr. Mehul J. Desai is board certified in Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dr. Desai completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Georgetown University Hospital. During residency, he spent 6 months completing a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health conducting groundbreaking research into mechanisms of muscle pain. Upon completion of residency, he went on to a fellowship in Pain Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the Department of Anesthesiology. His clinical interests include neuromodulation–specifically spinal cord stimulation and targeted drug delivery, dipsogenic pain, and intradiscal therapies including biologics, complex spinal conditions, pelvic pain, outcomes-based research, and healthcare economics. Formerly, Dr. Desai was Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology & 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 and as the director of Sibley Pain Center at the Sibley Memorial Hospital. Furthermore, he was the director of Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at the George Washington University Hospital. He also served as a clerkship director for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the George Washington University School of Medicine and mentored residents in both Anesthesiology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 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. He serves as a member of the steering committee of the largest clinical trial investigating the efficacy of spinal cord stimulation in chronic low back pain following spine surgery. Dr. Desai has published articles in Pain Practice, Neuromodulation, Pain Physician, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine and the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. He has authored several book chapters and has two textbooks in progress. Dr. Desai presents annually at many international and national pain medicine meetings, traveling to Hong Kong, Dubai, China, Italy, and across the United States last year. Furthermore, he serves as a peer educator, hosting physician visits and teaching advanced pain medicine techniques to physicians both nationally and globally.

International Spine, Pain & Performance Center
Washington, DC

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