Shilpa Desai, M.D.

Dr. Desai is available for appointments in Boston & Brighton


Dr. Shilpa Desai is a board certified ophthalmologist practicing in the Boston Area. She completed her undergraduate degree at MIT and obtained her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. She then completed her residency in Ophthalmology at the University of California San Francisco. Afterward, she returned to Boston to complete a Vitreo-Retinal surgery fellowship at New England Eye Center.

Dr. Desai treats diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusion, as well as retinal tears and detachments. In addition to seeing patients she is also actively involved in Medical Student Education at Tufts Medical School and in clinical research on retinal disease.

Clinical Specialties: All conditions of the retina and vitreous, including macular degeneration, macular diseases, vitreomacular disorders, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disorders, retinal detachment, ocular trauma, and cataract complications.

Research Interests: Retinal Imaging and myopia


Surgical Retina Fellow, New England Eye Center/Tufts Medical Center and Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston


Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco, CA

Medical School

Harvard Medical School

Academic Appointment

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Tufts University School of Medicine

Board Certification


Foreign languages


Selected Publications

Heier JS, Kherani S, Desai SJ et al. Intravitreous injection of AAV2-sFLT01 in patients with advanced neovascular age-related macular degeneration: a phase 1, open-label trial. The Lancet. 2017 (Online First).

Desai SJ, Chen X, Heier JS. Chapter “Retinal Vein Occlusion” Yanoff and Duker Ophthalmology 5th Edition. Elsevier Publishing, 2017

Desai SJ, Reichel E. Future Treatment in Wet AMD. Current Ophthalmology Reports. February 2017

Desai SJ, Baumal C. Chapter “Retinal Vein Occlusion” Anti-VEGF Use in Ophthalmology. SLACK publishing, 2016.

Bhisitkul R, Desai SJ, Boyer D, Sadda SR, Zhang K. Fellow eye comparisons for 7-year outcomes in ranibizumab-treated AMD subjects from ANCHOR, MARINA, and HORIZON (SEVEN-UP Study). Ophthalmology. 2016. 123(6): 1269-77.

Desai SJ, Heier JS. Retained Intra-Ocular Air. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2016. 134(7): 842-843.

Contact Information

Fax: 617-636-4867

Patient Appointments:
Boston: 617-636-4600

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