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Jay Desai, MDGastroenterology
Jay Desai
Board CertificationGastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Performing endoscopies atThe Endoscopy Center of New York
Languages spokenEnglish
UndergraduateTufts University
Medical SchoolTufts School of Medicine
ResidencyNew York University Langone Medical Center
FellowshipNew York University Langone Medical Center

Why did you choose to specialize in gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is a fascinating field that requires a detailed understanding of the physiology of multiple organ systems as well as the ability to be technically proficient in performing endoscopic procedures. In gastroenterology, we get to prevent disease through colon cancer screening, emergently save lives through endoscopic treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding, and establish lifelong relationships with patients through management of chronic conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease. To play a role in all these different moments in our patients’ lives is deeply gratifying.

What are your areas of special interest and expertise within gastroenterology?

While I love managing all diseases within the field of gastroenterology, my two special interests are colorectal cancer screening and the management of inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis). Colorectal cancer is the third most common cause of cancer and the second most common cause of cancer death. High quality colonoscopy is the best test available for detecting and preventing colorectal cancer. Adenoma detection rate (ADR), the percentage of colonoscopies that shows a pre-cancerous polyps, is the best marker of endoscopist quality. My ADR is 42%, which is well above recommended national guidelines (20-30%). To increase access to screening, I participate in most insurances (including managed Medicaid plans) and I have been an active participant with Colonoscopy Assist, an organization that works to provide subsidized access to colon cancer screening. I also have a strong interest in the management of inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis). IBD management requires a deep understanding of the latest guidelines and therapies, as well as the ability to develop a strong long term collaborative relationship with your patient. To this effect, I have remained active in IBD related research, most recently by participating as a sub investigator for a new oral biologic (Abbvie) for treatment of Crohn’s disease.

Do you have any special honors, recognition, or achievements in your medical career that you would like to share?

I graduated from Tufts University with Research Honors. Over the years I have published multiple manuscripts to high impact journals as well as presented at national conferences. More recently, Colonoscopy Assist presented me with an Excellence in Patient Care award for improving access to colon cancer screening.

What do you and your family enjoy doing during your spare time?

I am the proud father of three-year-old energetic twins, who keep me and my wife Michelle very busy when we are not in the office. We love taking car trips to Bear Mountain, riding on scooters, watching movies, and cooking together. I love reading historical biographies, playing tennis, and rooting for my sad sack New York Jets and New York Mets.