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Sapan Desai

Sapan Desai, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Medical Director of Surgical Quality

Vascular Surgery

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Board Certification(s)

General Surgery, Vascular Surgery

Academic Appointment

Formerly Vice Chairman of Research and Director of Quality at Southern Illinois University


Languages spoken

Medical School

University of Illinois College of Medicine


Duke University Medical Center


Duke University Medical Center


University of Texas at Houston

Location 1

880 W Central Road
Suite 5000
Arlington Heights IL 60005
Phone: 847-618-3800
Fax: 847-618-2209

Primary Specialty

Vascular Surgery

Clinical Interests


Selected Awards

  • 2016 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize
  • 2015 Grand Prize, International Hospital Federation 39th World Hospital Congress
  • 2014 College of Medicine William W. Root Society Award
  • 2014 University of Illinois at Chicago White Coat Ceremony Speaker
  • 2012 Commencement Speaker, Western Governor’s University

Selected Lectures

  1. “Short-Term Quality of Care Outcomes of TDC, AVF, AVG, and Early Cannulation Dialysis Access.” Desai SS, Dua A, Roberts T, Wilkerson J, Hodgson K. 2015 Clinical Congress, October 8, 2015, Chicago, IL. 
  2. “Predictors of Poor Outcome After Carotid Intervention” Desai SS, Upchurch G, Pan J, Hood D, Hodgson K. Southern Association for Vascular Surgery 2016 Annual Meeting, January 21, 2016, Cancun, Mexico. 
  3. “Long-Term Improvement in Outcomes Following Carotid Endarterectomy is Associated with Statin Use” Desai SS, Koch S, Pan J, Hood DB, Hodgson K. Society Clinical Vascular Surgery Annual Symposium, March 12-16, 2016, Las Vega, Nevada.
  4. “Improving Outcomes for Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Decompression” Desai SS, Dua A, Hood D, Hodgson K. Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society. September 2016.
  5. “Leading a Paradigm Shift in Quality of Care and Service Delivery Through Live Simulation, Team-Training, and Lean Six Sigma” Desai SS, Wilkerson J, Roberts T. 40th IHF World Hospital Congress, Durban, South Africa. November 2016.
  6. “Delay in Transfer Adversely Impacts Mortality and Cost of Care in Patients with Ruptured AAA” Desai SS, Dua, Koch S, Lee CJ, Pan J, Hood D, Hodgson K. Midwestern Vascular Surgery Society, September 10-12, 2015, Chicago, IL.
  7. “Open AAA, EVAR, REVAR, BrEVAR: Vascular Surgery in 2020”. Desai SS, Dua A, Upchurch G. Midwestern Vascular Surgery Society, September 10-12, 2015, Chicago, IL.
  8. “Celiac Artery Decompression for Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome: A US National Inpatient Sample Study.” Rezigh A, Desai SS, Afifi R, Ouw K, Miller C, Estrera A, Safi H, Azizzadeh A. Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery. April 2, 2015, Miami, FL.
  9. “Impact of Physician Specialty Upon Outcomes Following TEVAR.” Andre J, Nolte N, Pan J, Hood DB, Hodgson K, Desai SS. Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery. March 30, 2015, Miami, FL.
  10. “Preventable Complications Drive the Rising Costs in the Management of Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia.” Dua A, Desai SS, Seabrook GR, Brown KR, Lewis BD, Rossi PJ, Malinowski MJ, Lee CJ. Midwestern Society for Vascular Surgery (MVSS). Coralville, IA, September 2014.
  11. “Comparison of Military and Civilian Popliteal Artery Trauma Outcomes.” A Dua, B Patel, SS Desai, JB Holcomb, CE Wade, S Coogan, and CJ Fox. Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, Glasgow, Scotland. May 2013.

Selected Publications

  1. Desai SS, Dua A, Charlton-Ouw K, Safi HJ, Azizzadeh A. Outcomes of surgical paraclavicular thoracic outlet decompression. Annals of Vascular Surgery. 2014 Feb;28(2):457-64. doi: 10.1016/j.avsg.2013.02.029. Epub December 28, 2013. 
  2. Dua A, Patel B, Heller J, Kuy S, Dubose J, Tomasek JS, Larssen EM, Desai SS. Variability in the Management of Superficial Venous Thrombophlebitis Among Phlebologists and Vascular Surgeons. Perspect Vasc Surg Endovasc Ther. 2013 Nov 13. 
  3. Dua A, Kuy S, Lee CJ, Upchurch GR Jr, Desai SS. Epidemiology of aortic aneurysm repair in the United States from 2000 to 2010. J Vasc Surg. 2014 Feb 20. pii: S0741-5214(14)00102-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2014.01.007. 
  4. Desai SS, Dubose JJ, Parham CS, Charlton-Ouw KM, Valdes V, Estrera AL, Safi HJ, Azizzadeh A. Outcomes Following Endovascular Repair of Peripheral Arterial Trauma. J Vasc Surg. 2014. 
  5. Dua A, Spees T, Hernanez F, Igbadumhe A, Algodi M. Desai SS. Trends in the Incidence of Carotid body Tumors in the USA from 1998-2011. Vascular Disease Management 2014. 
  6. Dua A, Desai SS, Kumar N, Heller. Epidemiology and Treatment Strategies of Iliac Vein Thrombophlebitis. Vascular, 2015 Jan 9. Pii: 1708538114565693. 
  7. Desai SS, Dua A. Short-Term Quality of Care Outcomes of Tunneled Dialysis Catheters, Arteriovenous Fistula, Arteriovenous Graft, and Early Cannulation Dialysis Access. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Volume 221, Number 4S1, October 2015, Scientific Forum Abstracts, pages S183 and S184. 
  8. Desai SS, Dua A, Andre J, Nolte N, Whitaker T, Pan J, Hood D, Hodgson K. The impact of physician specialization on clinical and hospital outcomes in patients undergoing EVAR and TEVAR. Ann Vasc Surg. 2016 May 26. Pii: S0890-5096(16)30339-9. 
  9. Dua A, Romanelli M, Upchurch GR Jr, Pan J, Hood D, Hodgson KJ, Desai SS. Predictors of poor outcome after carotid intervention. J Vasc Surg. 2016 May 18. Pii: S0741-5214(16)30011-8.
  10. Dua A, Desai SS, Lee CJ, Heller JA. National Trends in Deep Vein Thrombosis following Total Knee and Total Hip Replacement in the United States. Ann Vasc Surg. 2016 Aug 12. pii: S0890-5096(16)30635-5. doi: 10.1016/j.avsg.2016.05.110. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27531085

Author of...

Essentials of Vascular Surgery (Paperback – September 26, 2016)
By Sapan S Desai, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. and Thomas G Koenigsberger, M.S.
The Essentials of Vascular Surgery is intended to serve as a quick reference for primary care physicians, emergency room physicians, and other front line staff.

Professional Membership

  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Annals of Vascular Surgery (Associate Editor)
  • Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery
  • Society for Vascular Surgery
  • American Venous Forum


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