Madhav Desai

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition


Administrator Info
Name: GI Division
Phone: 612-625-8999
Mail: 420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 36, Minneapolis, MN 55455

“Life is what we make out of it”. After completing medical education from Government Medical College, Surat, India, I embarked my journey to study epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston to understand research methodology and to improve my understanding of science behind evidence-based medicine. After completing the graduate studies, I did my Internal Medicine training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. I knew my calling for GI earlier on, however, true realization occurred while serving for patients with GI conditions during the intern year. During this time, I also had the opportunity to do clinical outcomes research in the field of Barrett’s Esophagus and Colon Cancer. This led me to continue my research on precancerous lesions of the GI tract and use of endoscopy for detection and resection, thus, focus on cancer prevention, which I find very rewarding. I completed my Gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship from University of Kansas School of Medicine and joined at the Kansas City VA Medical Center as a faculty where I was able to continue my clinical research and had a great opportunity to work with gastroenterology trainees that helped me sharpen my interest in endoscopy competency and quality during this time. I was fortunate to be considered for a faculty position at the University of Minnesota in the Gastroenterology division where I plan to deliver my best efforts in areas of Esophageal disorders with my experience and skill set, especially in areas of endoscopic management of precancerous lesions of the GI tract.

Research Summary

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer
  • Colorectal neoplasia
  • Endoscopy for detection and resection for precancerous lesions
  • Endoscopic therapies for GERD
  • Role of third space endoscopy for advanced precancerous lesions
  • Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery
  • Innovative solutions to improve patient care and quality of GI endoscopy
  • Competency in GI endoscopy
  • Evidence synthesis

Teaching Summary

Endoscopic detection and resection of precancerous lesions to prevent cancer development; Improving and advancing endoscopic methods for management of gastrointestinal conditions

Clinical Summary

Esophageal disorders including Gastroesophageal reflux disease and Barrett’s Esophagus


MD, Government Medical College

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Internal Medicine, Residency
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Fellowship
University of Kansas School of Medicine

Honors and Recognition

Outstanding manuscript award for fellow in training, Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (GIE)
Outstanding New International Student Scholarship, University of Texas School of Public Health
Outstanding manuscript award for fellow in training, Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (GIE)
Poster-finalist for National ACP 2014, American College of Physicians

Professional Memberships

American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)
American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Standards of Practice Committee (SOP)
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)