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Shaunak Desai, MD

Procedures & Conditions Treated:


  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Closed Reduction
  • Closed Reduction Finger
  • Cubital Tunnel Surgery
  • Custom EXOS© Brace
  • Custom Splinting
  • Distal Biceps Tendon Surgery
  • Distal Radius Fracture ORIF
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Fasciectomy
  • Elbow Arthritis Surgery
  • Elbow Arthritis Treatment
  • Elbow Arthroplasty
  • Elbow Fracture Surgery
  • Elbow Fusion Surgery
  • Elbow Reconstruction Surgery
  • Elbow Tendonitis Surgery
  • Fasciotomy
  • Fiberglass Casting
  • Finger Abscess Drainage
  • Ganglion Cyst Surgery
  • Hand Fracture Surgery
  • Hand Reconstruction Surgery
  • Joint Injections
  • Nerve Decompression Surgery
  • Nerve Decompression Surgery
  • Olecranon Bursa Aspiration
  • Pain Medication
  • Pain Medication
  • PRP Injections
  • Shoulder
  • Sling
  • Splint
  • Surgical Sports Medicine
  • Taping
  • Tendon Repair Surgery
  • Tendon Repair Surgery
  • Tennis Elbow Surgery
  • Tommy John Surgery
  • Trauma and Fracture Care
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair
  • Ulnar Decompression Surgery
  • Wrist & Finger Tendon Transplant
  • Wrist Fracture Surgery
  • Wrist Fusion Surgery
  • Wrist Reconstruction Surgery
  • Wrist Tendonitis Surgery


  • Arthritis
  • Bicep Tendon Rupture
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Finger
  • Broken Hand
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Colles Fracture
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Dislocated Elbow
  • Dislocated Finger
  • Dislocated Wrist
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Dupuytren's Contractures
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Contracture
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Instability
  • Elbow Osteoarthritis
  • Elbow Sports Injuries
  • Elbow Tendonitis
  • Erb's Palsy
  • Fractured Elbow
  • Fractured Wrist
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Golfer's Elbow / Medial Epicondylitis
  • Hyperextension of the Elbow
  • Jammed Finger
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Little Leaguer's Elbow
  • Mallet Finger
  • Metacarpal Fracture
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Olecranon Bursitis
  • Olecranon Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Peripheral Nerve Injuries
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Radial Collateral Ligament Sprain
  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sprained Elbow
  • Sprained Finger
  • Sprained Wrist
  • Still Elbow
  • Strained Elbow
  • Tendinosis
  • Tennis Elbow / Lateral Epicondyltitis
  • Triceps Tendonitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligaments Injuries
  • Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
  • Ulnar Neuropathy
  • Wrist Tendonitis


A native of California, Dr. Shaunak (Shaun) Desai grew up in San Jose, California. He began his education at the University of California, Riverside earning his B.S. in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience. He graduated Magna cum Laude with honors and went on to attend Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. After medical school, Dr. Desai completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Henry Ford Health System, a very busy Level 1 Trauma Center in Detroit, Michigan. During his residency, he served as the Administrative Chief Resident and was nominated for Outstanding Resident of the Year.

Dr. Desai returned to California to complete his Hand and Upper Limb Fellowship at Stanford University where he studied under world-renowned plastic and orthopedic trained hand surgeons. During residency, Dr. Desai was a part of Stanford’s investigational center for the treatment of Dupuytren’s disease. He spent significant time studying and treating the disease along with other peripheral nerve injuries.

In his spare time, Dr. Desai enjoys being active, going to the gym, running, softball, and soccer. He is a former F.I.F.A. certified soccer referee. He currently resides in Newport Beach with his wife and two children.

  • Medical School
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Medical Doctor)
  • Residency
  • Henry Ford Health System (Orthopedic Surgery, Chief Resident)
  • Fellowship
  • Stanford University (Robert E. Chase Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship)
  • Training
  • Emergency Medical Technician License - Riverside Community College
Board Certification
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery2012
  • Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand)
  • American Medical Association
  • Detroit Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Michigan Orthopaedic Society
  • Henry Ford Outstanding Resident of the Year – Nominee (2009)
  • Detroit Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Best Resident Research Presentation – 2nd Place (2009)
  • Best Research Presentation – 2008 Harold Frost Lectureship – Henry Ford Hospital (2008)
  • 1st Place – UF Gainesville MSK Pathology “Unknowns” Competition (2008)
Affiliated Locations
  • Hoag Hospital - Irvine
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian - Newport Beach
  • Hoag Orthopedic Institute
  • Hoag Orthopedic Institute Surgery Center - Newport Beach
  • Newport Orthopedic Institute - Huntington Beach Orthopedics
  • Newport Orthopedic Institute - Newport Beach Orthopedics