Atman Desai, MD

Atman Desai, MD

Spine neurosurgeon

Bio:   Atman Desai, MD, MA, is Director of Neurosurgical Spinal Oncology and Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Desai received his medical degree from the University of Cambridge. He completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a fellowship in Spinal Oncology and Complex Spinal Reconstruction at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He focuses on the surgical treatment of spinal tumors and spinal deformity. He performed the first robotic-assisted spine surgery at Stanford, and has particular interest in robotic and minimally invasive surgical treatments.
4.7 out of 5
221 Patient Ratings
65 Patient Comments

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center

Neurological Spine Disorders Clinic

Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program

Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at Advanced Medicine Center Building

  • 875 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Clinic D
  • Palo Alto , CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-725-0084
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Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital (2014) MD
  • Residency: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (2013) NH
  • Internship: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (2007) NH
  • Medical Education: University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine (2005) England
  • MA, University of Cambridge (2006)
  • BA, University of Cambridge (2002)

Honors & Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Dartmouth College
  • Henry Roy Dean Award, University of Cambridge
  • NREF Post-Residency Clinical Fellowship Award, Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation

Administrative Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University (2014 - Present)
  • Director of Neurosurgical Spinal Oncology, Stanford University (2015 - Present)
  • Instructor of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital (2013 - 2014)

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Friendliness

4.7

Explanations

4.7

Listens

4.7

Includes you in decisions

4.8

Clear Communication

4.7

Confidence in your doctor

4.7

Recommended to others

4.5

Wait times

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

I am very satisfied with my current provider

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

My experience is always good w/Dr. Desai and his staff. They are all very caring & thoughtful.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

all good

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Dr. Desai, AWESOME.

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

Dr. DeSai is very compassionate, knowledgeable yet unassuming. He listened to my concerns & questions & fully explained.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

He was excellent in every way!

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

I had a great experience with Dr. Desai. The operation was very successful and Dr. Desai is a very kind and caring person.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

I am extremely grateful to be under the care of Dr. Desai. My confidence in him made a scary diagnosis a lot easier to deal with.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

I would recommend any of my Doctors to anybody.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Very professional services, high quality patient care.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Very thoughtful answers to my questions, full explanation of procedure; forthright about recovery process--length of time etc

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Dr. Atman Desai is an excellent doctor. He is knowledgeable, kind and caring, and he took time to explain my condition in a manner that I understood.

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4.7 out of 5
221 Patient Ratings
65 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

I am very satisfied with my current provider

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

My experience is always good w/Dr. Desai and his staff. They are all very caring & thoughtful.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

all good

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Dr. Desai, AWESOME.

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

Dr. DeSai is very compassionate, knowledgeable yet unassuming. He listened to my concerns & questions & fully explained.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

He was excellent in every way!

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

I had a great experience with Dr. Desai. The operation was very successful and Dr. Desai is a very kind and caring person.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

I am extremely grateful to be under the care of Dr. Desai. My confidence in him made a scary diagnosis a lot easier to deal with.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

I would recommend any of my Doctors to anybody.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Very professional services, high quality patient care.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Very thoughtful answers to my questions, full explanation of procedure; forthright about recovery process--length of time etc

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Dr. Atman Desai is an excellent doctor. He is knowledgeable, kind and caring, and he took time to explain my condition in a manner that I understood.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Outstanding team of professionals

SHC Patient, May 2017

I have had a very wonderful experience with the care I have received from Su na Park and Dr Desai. I have already recommended him to others.

SHC Patient, May 2017

I felt comfortable, not rushed thank you, Dr. Desai and Suna Park for your very personal concern.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

This is the first place I have been that listen to me and understands what I have thank you -

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

My doctor/surgeon is the very best. I have complete confidence in his care. The outcome of my surgeries has been excellent.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

All the time, thanks.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Great team!!!

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

HAVE A GREAT APPRECIATION OF THE CARE PROVIDER.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

excellent communication and professionalism. Paid attention to my concerns and I felt Dr. Desai was attentive to my condition and cared about me as a patient. He made sure to provide me with all options of follow up care.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

I tell everyone I see that Stanford did, such a good job!

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

We appreciated the kind & patient approach that all of the team had during our visits. Dr. Desai & Suna Park were excellent. We appreciated not being pressured into a decision.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Dr. DeSai is a superior provider

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Dr. Desai is an outstanding doctor and wonderful person!

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Both Dr. Desai and NP Park were excellent in their diagnosis and treatment explanations of options.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

The doctors are excellent. They really take the time to consult with you and don't make you feel rushed or uncomfortable. They try to answer all your questions. Awesome job Stanford! Truly the way all patients would like to be treated by their perspective healthcare providers.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Dr. Desai is outstanding in every way. I never feel rushed during my visits and he has always reviewed my file and is ready to discuss my progress. He listens carefully to every question and provides complete and easy to understand answers. I do not know how he can teach, perform surgeries, meet with patients, publish and still treat patients as if they are the most important part of his day--he is amazing!

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Class act all the way.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

once the information was discussed, I felt quite informed about the problem, course of action to be taken and comfortable in a potential decision I am going to make

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Dr. Desai takes plenty of time answering questions and making sure you feel comfortable with the information. I never feel rushed here, which is impressive considering how busy the clinic is.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Atman Desai is an excellent physician. He is very kind, caring, compassionate, concerned and professional. He spent a lot of time discussing my problems with me, answering my questions and addressing my concerns and fears.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Desai did not seem to be fully engaged with me, seemed to be pre-occupied and did not provide me with understandable information on expectations going forward and I left with a feeling of concern as to what I should be doing as we "wait and see" For Pain management Dr. Leong was terrific. I was not informed that a fellow to Dr. Kao would be doing the proceedure again not enough information before and after epidural

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Desai is very helpful, informative, & presents treatment options clearly. He has been great with the execution of treatment as well. My surgery was successful & recovery was as expected.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Extremely professional, polite, concerned, and informative.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

provider wasn't concerned about who will take care of me on the following steps, as he referred me to clinics I was already been referred lack of understanding my situation . no follow up for prescription refill.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

I felt my condition was well thought out and what I was to do was best.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Very satisfied with care.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Didn't like the 3 month wait until surgery, since surgery is needed.

SHC Patient, May 2016

I would NOT recommend this doctor to anyone. He did not show concern or take take the time to full explain to me my condition. Stanford has a name but they need to back it up with more than just a name.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Good.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

I had many questions and he was very patient with me.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

I feel secure & with confidence.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Already have recommended Dr. to others. Have great confidence in Dr. Desai.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

The reason I marked fair for follow up care is because I wasn't given instructions on follow up after my physical therapy is complete. I am not sure if I go back to Stanford or just call. My PT does not automatically send information and keeps asking when I go back or if I will have more PT appts.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

I have every confidence in Dr. Desai and Stephanie. I feel I am receiving exceptional care.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

All very good.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Excellent experience!!

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Felt like I was bothering/taking up his time (rushed).

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Great job, keep it up!

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

He is a very good listener.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

He was very kind and explained things very well. The NP was also very helpful and kind.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Care provider not able to provide information other care providers did provide at later appointment referral.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Desai Rocks! He is an excellent surgeon and care provider (in office consult). He really did a great suture and is very compassionate.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

I have had several conditions that have caused me a great deal of discomfort for several years. Thus far I do not feel that I have had adequate answers as to the cause. I would like to what is causing my symptoms, the prognosis, a treatment plan.

SHC Patient, May 2015

Very knowledgeable and gave good advice.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Incredible neurosurgeon

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Dr. Atman Desai is excellent. The best!

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

vary nice

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Excellent care.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

not the surgeon i wanted to see, but he's very good, but i would have preferred to see someone with considerable experience in c-spine decompression surgery

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

None - only good exper.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

She is a very good provider, she know her job well, she is excellent provider.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

A very good experience.