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Dr. Saleem Desai, MD, FACP, FACG, is a gastroenterologist serving the Northridge, San Fernando, and Los Angeles areas. Truly devoted to his patients, Dr. Desai always puts their needs first – and uses cutting-edge technology to get them back to health as swiftly as possible. He makes sure that patients are always able to schedule same-day appointments, and is the only gastroenterologist in the valley who performs the specialized Pill Cam procedure. Dr. Desai works diligently to always keep his medical education current. He has received training at some of the world's most prestigious institutions, including a residency in internal medicine at Boston Medical Center, part of the Boston University School of Medicine. He also completed a residency in Gastroenterology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Originally from California, Dr. Desai performs a number of specialized procedures, including push enteroscopy, percutaneous feeding tubes, stenting, foreign body extraction, and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. In the past, Dr. Desai served as clinical fellow and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His awards include two “Active Teacher in Family Medicine” awards, from the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2007 and 2011. Dr. Desai currently serves as Director of Endoscopy at Endeavor Surgery Center in Northridge. He is proud to volunteer as a medical consultant for indigent patients through the Northridge Hospital Foundation.
Verified Patient Reviews
Everyone connects with different doctors in a variety of ways. However, Dr. Desai is the kindest and most genuine medical doctor you will ever meet. His expertise, timeliness, and sense of humor are second to none. After over 2 years of suffering, he was the doctor that conducted the right test and found the problem was my failing gallbladder. I am so glad I found him because he saved me. I just had a follow-up almost a year later with different and minor issues and he continued to help me by maintaining an open and honest dialogue and the right treatment. I am so grateful to this amazingly knowledgeable and authentic human being.
Very personable and friendly doctor. Knowledgeable and made me feel instantly at ease.
Dr Desai and his staff were extremely helpful and thoughro. Hopefully i dont have anything terminal but if thats the case i feel confident im in good hands.
The office staff was friendly, and the doctor was Excellent! Five stars all the way!
Dr Desai is very knowledgable and attentive. He carefully listens to you and explains every thing you need to know. He answered all my questions in details. Staff are very friendly as well.
Can't say enough good things about Dr. Desai & his staff; highly recommend! They saw me on short notice as a new patient... was in & out in just over an hour... Dr. Desai was very nice and took the time to listen to me and explain everything carefully. Wish there were more doctors out there like him… thanks Dr. Desai!
They keep screwing up my insurance. Right before a procedure they claimed I had no insurance even though I gave it to them. Then they found it. Months later, I keep getting huge bills from the lab claiming they never received my insurance. I was nice at first but then got annoyed when having to address the problem twice and they kept saying they'd see what was happening and get back to me. It's been three weeks since they said they would get back to me and I'm tired of trying to contact them. So I might continue to get these huge bills even though my insurance covers it! They screwed up, they need to fix it, and they need to tell me what is going on, but the staff is terrible. Do not go here because this insurance issue has been a pain!
I have been in the hands of the wrong doctors and dealing with right side pain, night sweats, and several other uncomfortable symptoms for almost 2 years now. In a matter of minutes of talking with Dr. Desai, I knew he was going to be the one to help me solve the mystery of what is going on in my guts! His personality, sense of humor, compassion, kindness, and genuine concern gives me hope that I will soon start feeling a lot better. I will be happy to write another review once this amazing doctor and I crack the case. For now, I feel confident I am in the right hands and will have answers soon! Thank you Dr. Desai. You truly are how every Medical Doctor should be!
He is a great doctor. Listened to all my needs and concerns and schedule any appts or tests to ease my worries. Def making him my new primary gastroenterologist.
Amazing doc, very personable and honest. I felt very comfortable talking with him. I'd highly recommend him to any one of my friends or relatives.
I was seen within 15 minutes of my arrival to the office. Once I was brought to the examination room, Dr. Desai greeted me immediately and began a thorough review of my medical history. He was thorough in his descriptions, answered all of my questions and made many suggestions that were very helpful. I will be seeing him again in a month and I know it will be another stellar appointment. Thanks!
Very nice office, nice people, taken in right away. The doctor was very attentive and listen to my concerns and needs. I felt like I found the right doctor who cares about his patients. Thank You. :-)
Doctor Saleem was amazing And a proffesional It's just the Sherman oaks office... Hmm... I would just say Is not that pleasant And the grind desk girl was in a rush always and not there most of the time cuz of her business Think they need more people to work at the office and another office location
This was my first time visiting Dr. Desai at the location on Ventura Blvd. Parking in the back of the building was very open, and they also validate so i paid nothing. I had to wait no longer than five minutes to see him, including my first time patient paperwork, which was great. To top it all off, he is an amazing doctor and seems to have an in depth knowledge in the medical field. I am very happy I found Dr. Desai, and would definitely see him again as well as recommend him to my friends and family.
I was running late and he saw me anyway. Thorough and very friendly
I went to see Dr Desai after months of being uncomfortable with bloating and other issues. His staff was very professional, and Dr was able to rule out the big stuff and help suggest diet change and some medication. I would recommend Dr Desai to anyone that needs a great GI.
Personable, patient, extremely gifted and a amazing communicator
Dr Desai gets right to the point, without fluff or sugar-coating (which I appreciate). It took quite a while to be seen, and parking is tricky (park in back, walk around the left side of the building, and enter through the front door).
My experience with Dr. Desai was great, he was on time and very knowledgeable to my questions and concerns. All of my needs were met and follow up appoints were in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend to other people in need of a gastroenterologist.
Went to the Dr. to get a hemorrhoid checked out. He told me he had a "new" "foam drug" that he wanted to prescribe. The Dr. was very keen on "selling" me this new medicine (on behalf of his drug sales rep whom he mentioned multiple times). He prescribed me the medicine and I was told it was new and may be hard to find. I subsequently tried to fill the prescription with multiple pharmacies and not one said it was available. I made this known to the Dr.'s office and they said they would see about getting me some "samples" from the drug rep. Never received a call back after that. The Dr. was more interested in helping the drug rep. sell a medicine that was not even in pharmacies, than just prescribing me a medicine that was readily available and could provide me the medical care I needed. I subsequently went to another Dr. and was prescribed a medicine that worked fine and was readily available. Fast forward and I get a bill for a certain amount after insurance for the visit. Having had a terrible customer service experience I politely asked if they would wave the fee as I was never given the medicine, ignored and was in the end not cured by the Dr. The office rep. stated "she totally understood" but "the doctor would not wave the fee." Dr. may be fine at his medial knowledge but is definitely unscrupulous when it comes to fair business practices. I will pay the Dr. his fee and proceed to write reviews everywhere I can warning people of the treatment they can expect from his practice.
It was only for a consultation, but we did not have to wait long and his recommendation for treatment was clear and thoroughly explained.
I was really impressed with both Dr Desai and his office staff. I got an appointment quickly, the staff were friendly and efficient, and Dr Desai was professional yet friendly, thorough, and extremely clear when explaining medical information to me.
I thought Dr. Saleem had a very nice bed side manner. Very clear and explained everything clearly. Took time with me and answered all my questions. Overall very nice and professional. Would highly recommend him.
This guy is so great. I'm so glad I found him. Super nice and personable. Willing to explain things and go above and beyond to make sure everything is done right, all questions are answered, and you leave happy.
He was very attentive and not at all dismissive of my concerns. Past experiences with doctors have largely left me with low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised by Dr. Desai and very glad to have found him.
I been suffer stomach problems for long time I been with others gastroenterologys but nothing happen so I deside to see dr Desai and he explain me my problems and do the right thing give the medication and now I feel so much better , he's a nice Dr and take the time to talk with you and find the best treatment who works for you also the staff is so nice and only am keep going just for follow my treatment I recommend you a Dr Desai ..
Dr Saleem Is very knowledgeable and professional highly recommend
At first was confused upon arriving, because Dr. Desai met me at a satellite office (which happened to be a plastic surgery unit!) and there was no one to greet me/tell me what was happening. About 5 minutes after arriving, a nurse (?) came out and told me I was in the right spot, and gave me paperwork to fill out. The wait time was about 30 minutes after my scheduled appointment time, but I didn't mind because I wasn't in a rush. When the doctor saw me, he was attentive, asked good questions, listened to my complaints, and really worked with me on my symptoms. Will definitely be going back.
My first visit was pleasant enough, but my colonoscopy appointment today was a disaster. I waited over 2 hours for the procedure to be done, only to be told it would take 1 more hour of waiting to be seen!! He even asked me to "hang in there" in a very glib, casual way, as if my discomfort & frustration wasn't even important. I had not eaten anything for about 18 hours at this point, so I was starving and very angry about my procedure taking so long to be done!! Even fat people need to eat on a regular basis by the way, Dr. Desai. We're not cows that can chew their cud! So, obviously, I am not happy AT ALL with this doctor. He is immature, too casual, uncaring & treated me like "just another patient." He needs to learn how to treat his patients better. That's why I am leaving this message. Oh, and I fired him before leaving the diagnostic clinic, without the colonoscopy. What a waste of my time!!
Seemed a very long wait with little other activity in the office, could only assume Dr was not there on time. Felt a little rushed, the list of issues and symptoms I wrote out for him to make things easier was virtually ignored. I think a phone consult would have yielded the same result, further tests.
Very patient and comforting doctor
Personable and informative doctor!
Doctor answer all my questions
Dr. Desai was awesome. Personable, friendly, knowledgeable.... He put me at ease and explained everything clearly and concisely.... I highly recommend making an appointment with him
Absolutely great. He was very helpful and reassuring. I know already I am in good hands.
There a bit of a wait time in the office on day I went but other patients in the waiting room said it was generally not that long an they seemed surprised by how long it was. I also spoke with another patient who had been seeing him for years who told me Dr. Desai was worth the wait! So seems like his other patients really like him. I found him to be easy to communicate with and very knowledgeable. While some doctors rush patients in an out and don't listen to what we have to say about our condition, I actually ran out of information to impart to him. So he will not shut your communication down. I liked that, due to his extensive experience, he already had an idea of what was wrong with me by the time we were done with my initial consultation. I have tests scheduled now and he seems confident he will have me properly diagnosed within a week. I would refer him to anyone I know, he seems like a good doctor.
He is excellent! Very easy to talk to, very professional. I didn't know who to see about my issues and I'm glad I found Dr. Desai.
Nice office, friendly staff, very pleasant and knowledgable doctor
seemed a little busy and rushed. lots of folks in the waiting room with the same appointment time as me. luckily, i got in first.
He was straight to the point witch was good.
Dr. Desai is an awesome gastroenterologist and is genuine, honest and direct, and by direct, I mean that he can immediately and accurately discern my g.i. issues, which isn't necessarily the easiest thing to do given my somewhat confounded interplay of health issues. He cares and is passionate about what he does. Highly recommended!
very good !
He is straight and to the point. He listens! He was able to diagnose my problem quickly and in the office. Thanks!
Bad directiond from your website, but found it in the end. The doctor works from multiple locations so this was an issue when I called and asked for directions... In the end it all worked out fine.
The office is walking distance from the place i live so its very convenient for me and I decide to check it out. I like the doctor Desai , he was very nice and professional . I hope he will be able to help me fix my problems . Coming back for sure.
He was caring and took time to get to the rut of my pain.
Dr, Desai is not only brilliant , but really kind.
He was professional, courteous, quick, and knew his stuff.
It was a good experience. He is intelligent and listened to me well. He transmitted me confidence and competence in a friendly manner.
I like the Dr very much and will see him again.
Great Dr! Highly recommended!
I'm glad I was able to find someone like Dr. Desai using this site. I was looking for someone who specialized in this field and I'm glad that this website was able to help me locate him with ease. Overall I satisfied with this experience as it is my first time using the site.