Aken Desai, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine-Cardiology

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Michigan Medical School (2011)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA/BS, University of Michigan (MI) (2007)
Residency:
  • University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers Program, Internal Medicine (2014)
Fellowships:
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Cardiovascular Disease (2017)
  • William Beaumont Hospital Program, Interventional Cardiology (2018)
  • University of Colorado, Interventional Cardiology (2019)
Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Cardiology

Teaching

  • Assistant Professor (2019)
    School of Medicine, Medicine
    Interventional Cardiology

Publications

  • Chen Y, Lu W, Yang K, Duan X, Li M, Chen X, Zhang J, Kuang M, Liu S, Wu X, Zou G, Liu C, Hong C, He W, Liao J, Hou C, Zhang Z, Zheng Q, Chen J, Zhang N, Tang H, Vanderpool RR, Desai AA, Rischard F, Black SM, Garcia JGN, Makino A, Yuan JX, Zhong N, Wang J. Tetramethylpyrazine: A promising drug for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension. Br J Pharmacol. 2020 Jun;177(12):2743-2764. PubMed PMID: 31976548
  • Purohit SN, Lee PJ, Strobel AL, Desai AA, Marsala MT, Bull TM, Brieke A, Vargas D, Kay JD, Altman NL. Unusual Case of Acquired Hypoxemia Following Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation. Circ Heart Fail. 2020 Jan;13(1):e006394. PubMed PMID: 31896269
  • Barrett CD, Cerbin L, Desai A, Carroll JD. Red Blood Cell Fragmentation Syndrome After Placement of MitraClip. JACC: Case Reports. 2020;2(7):1084-1088. doi:10.1016/j.jaccas.2020.05.009.
  • Pi H, Kosanovich CM, Handen A, et al. Outcomes of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Are Improved in a Specialty Care Center [published online ahead of print, 2020 Feb 25]. Chest. 2020;S0012-3692(20)30334-2. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2020.01.046
  • Desai AA, Biswas M, Rogers K. An Atypical Presentation of Early Iliac Stent Failure. http://www.acc.org. Jan 02, 2020. Accessed Jan 5, 2020. https://www.acc.org/education-and-meetings/patient-case-quizzes/2020/01/02/08/52an-atypical-presentation-of-early-iliac-stent-failure.
  • Purohit S, Lee P, Strobel A, Desai A, Marsala M, Bull T, Brike A, Vargas D, Kay J, Altman N. “An Unusal Case of Hypoxemia Folloing LVAD.” Circulation: Heart Failure. 2020 Jan; 13(1):
  • Davis MB, Shafton A, Desai A, Childers D, Bach DS. Reliable exclusion of acute coronary syndrome among hospitalized patients with elevated troponin. Clin Cardiol. 2014 Jul;37(7):395-401. PubMed PMID: 25180409
  • Silverman LZ, Hoesel LM, Desai A, Posa P, Purtill MA, Brandt MM. It takes an intensivist. Am J Surg. 2011 Mar;201(3):320-3; discussion 323. PubMed PMID: 21367371
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Professional Memberships

  • American College of Cardiology, Fellow
  • Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, Fellow

Practice Locations

UCHealth Heart & Vascular Center - Anschutz
12505 E. 16th Ave
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion 2, 3rd floor
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-5300

UCHealth Structural Heart and Valve Clinic - Anschutz
12505 E. 16th Ave
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion 2, 3rd floor
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-5300

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Internal Medicine, Board Certification (2014, 2014)
  • Cardiovascular Disease, Board Certification (2017, 2017)
  • Interventional Cardiology, Board Certification (2018, 2018)
  • Structural Heart Diseae, Specialized Training (2019)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Heart and Circulation
  • Heart and Circulation - Angina
  • Heart and Circulation - Angioplasty
  • Heart and Circulation - Circulatory Disorders
  • Heart and Circulation - Coronary Disease
  • Heart and Circulation - Heart Attack
  • Heart and Circulation - Heart Diseases
  • Heart and Circulation - Heart Valve Diseases
  • Heart and Circulation - Interventional Cardiology
  • Heart and Circulation - Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Heart and Circulation - Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Heart and Circulation - Structural Heart Disease
Care Philosophy
I strive to provide personalized, compassionate and thoughtful care of patient with complex coronary disease, heart valve disorders and holes in the heart.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Michigan Medical School (2011)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA/BS, University of Michigan (MI) (2007)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers Program, Internal Medicine (2014)
Fellowships:
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Cardiovascular Disease (2017)
  • William Beaumont Hospital Program, Interventional Cardiology (2018)
  • University of Colorado, Interventional Cardiology (2019)
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Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Cardiology
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