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Monika Desai, MD

Monika Desai, MD, FAAPMR is an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center's Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine. She specializes in treating pediatric individuals with physical impairments and injuries with a child and family-centered approach. 

Dr. Monika Desai received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego and her medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as her fellowship training in Pediatric Rehabilitation, at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Dr. Desai is board certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatric Rehabilitation. She is fluent in Spanish. 

Dr. Desai works with children and their families using an interdisciplinary approach to address prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of congenital or childhood-onset physical impairments. Her areas of clinical interest include cerebral palsy (adult and pediatric), spasticity management including botulinum toxin injections, stroke, brain injury, concussion management, spina bifida, developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, and spinal cord injury. Using this multidisciplinary approach, she works with Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapists, as well as Prosthetists and Orthotists. Together, they help to provide appropriate therapeutic services, bracing, prosthetics, assistive devices, and/or adaptive equipment to help improve the child's anatomical alignment, maximize function, and optimize their quality of life.


Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Injections
Cerebral Palsy
Traumatic Brain Injury
Intrathecal Baclofen Pump

Clinical Expertise

Pediatric Stroke
Pediatric Pain Management
Pediatric Neuromuscular Disease
Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Inflammatory Muscle Disease
Baclofen Pump Implantation
Muscle Atrophy
Injection, Botulinum Toxin
Traumatic Brain Injury
Abnormal Gait
Foot Deformity
Sports Injury
Neuromuscular Disorder
Spina Bifida
Spinal Cord Injury
Muscle Pain
Muscle Stiffness
Cerebral Palsy
Pediatric Cerebral Palsy

Board Certifications

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine


MD: St. George University School of Medicine
Internship: Jacobi Hospital/Medical Center
Residency: Montefiore Medical Center
Fellowship: Montefiore Medical Center


Weill Cornell Medical Center525 East 68th StreetFloor 16New York, NY 10065Phone (212) 746-1500Fax (212) 746-8303

Rehabilitation Medicine Associates180 Ft. Washington AvenueHarkness Pavilion, Suite 1-199New York, NY 10032Phone (212) 305-3535Fax (212) 342-6852

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