About Dr. Desai

Dr. Sanjay Desai - Hand Surgeon in Richmond, VA

  • Experienced specialist in reconstructive wrist, elbow, and hand surgery in Richmond

  • Honored 15 as “Best Orthopedic Hand Surgeon” in Richmond magazine survey of doctors 

  • Practicing in Virginia since 1995, caring for patients with elbow, wrist and hand injuries throughout mid-Atlantic region

  • Minimally-invasive treatments are primary clinical interest

  • Committed to keeping patients informed and comfortable

Education & Training

  • Hand Microvascular Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 1994
  • Orthopaedic Residency, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, 1990
  • M.D. George Washington University, 1984
  • A.B. Brown University, magna cum laude, 1980 (Honors)
  • U.S. Army, Major, Medical Corps, Landstuhl Army Medical Center, Germany

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery, 2001, 2010 (recertified)
  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery, 1997
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1992

Professional Societies

  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association for Hand Surgery
  • American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  • Piedmont Orthopaedic Society
  • Duke Hand Club
  • Virginia Orthopaedic Society
  • Medical Society of Virginia
  • Richmond Academy of Medicine
  • Southeastern Hand Club, Past President

Professional Honors

  • Alec Horowitz Prize in Surgery, George Washington University
  • Meritorious Service Medal & Army Achievement Medal for participation in Desert Storm
  • Honored 15 times as “Best Orthopedic Hand Surgeon” in Richmond magazine survey of doctors
  • Honored in 2012 by US News & World Report as one of the best hand surgeons in the United States (one of only two hand surgeons in Virginia to receive this distinction)