Medical icon Bharat Desai, MD

Bharat M. Desai, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon located in Denver. He specializes in orthopedic trauma and foot and ankle conditions. He graduated from Swarthmore College Pennsylvania and then earned his medical degree from Temple University in 1990. Dr. Desai later completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Due to his special interest in orthopedic trauma, Dr. Desai completed a trauma fellowship program at the esteemed Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington with a specialization in Orthopedic Trauma and Foot & Ankle Surgery. Dr. Desai became a part of the Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center team in August of 1996.

Dr. Desai was born in Kenya, but grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada where both of his parents worked as physicians. From Canada, Dr. Desai moved to Wichita, Kansas and later to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to complete his high school education. In high school, Dr. Desai participated in varsity tennis, soccer, squash and was the photography editor for the Haverford School yearbook. Dr Desai spent most of his young life moving to different states and countries, feels very fortunate to have been exposed to many different and diverse cultures. Treating patients that are in need of subspecialty care takes experience, empathy, judgment, technical expertise and passion

Through his year-long specialty fellowship trauma training at Harborview Medical Center, Dr. Desai was mentored by five Orthopedic Trauma surgeons that specialized in orthopedic fracture care and elective Foot and ankle cases. Dr. Desai’s trauma specialty is focused on Pelvis / Acetabular (hip joint) fractures, and lower extremity fractures. As a foot & ankle specialist, Dr Desai provides care for traumatic injuries to the foot or ankle, foot reconstruction/ fusions, bunion surgery, tendon and ligament injury/instability and total ankle replacements.

Dr Desai is often an early adopter of the newest evidence-based medical procedures. Having cared for complex pelvic fractures, Dr. Desai developed an interest in sacroiliac disorders which cause pain in the low back. Historically, patients that experienced complex pelvic fractures can develop sacroiliac (SI) joint pain – often from arthritis or previous lumbar fusions. Today, there are new implant options for SI joint fusions that drastically improve both outcome and function for sacroiliac (SI) disorders. Dr. Desai is a specialist in this procedure, regardless of whether the SI pain is from a traumatic injury, arthritis or other degenerative conditions.

He is also a specialist in a new foot and ankle procedure to correct the root cause of bunions. This procedure is referred to as Lapiplasty and Dr Desai was one of the first surgeons in Colorado to offer this innovative approach to address and repair bunions.

Dr. Desai was drawn to Panorama Orthopedic & Spine Center’s mission and values, which are centered on being an independent orthopedic practice which emphasizes mutual accountability and patient-centered care. He feels this allows him to provide the best care for his patients. He treats trauma patients at St Anthony’s Hospital, OrthoColorado Hospital, as well as, at various surgery centers.  Dr. Desai has been the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at OrthoColorado Hospital since its inception in 2010.

Dr. Desai has many hobbies outside of his work. Growing up in Canada, Dr. Desai played ice hockey and skied which he continues to do today. Additionally, Dr. Desai has five horses, and three dogs which he enjoys with his wife and daughter. His other interests include photography, swimming, and fly fishing.

Dr. Desai sees patients at Panorama’s office in Golden.

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Meet Dr. Bharat Desai - Foot and Ankle Specialist and Trauma Surgeon

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