Ria Dirghayu Desai, MD

Ria Dirghayu Desai, MD

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Primary Specialty

Medical Retina

Secondary Specialty

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Practice Focus Areas

  • armd diagnosis & treatment
  • Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment
  • Hereditary Retinal Disorders
  • Intravitreal Injections
  • Retinal Hole/Tears
  • Retinal Laser Surgery
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion/Retinal Artery Occlusion

Education

Medical Education:
MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine - 2013
Internship:
Loyola Medicine MacNeal Hospital - 2014
Residency:
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - 2017
Fellowships:
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - 2018

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Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology - Ophthalmology (Certified)

Faculty Profile

Health System Clinician, Feinberg School of Medicine

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Practice Groups and Affiliations

Medical Group:
Northwestern Medical Group
Alignment Category:
Northwestern Medicine Physician Network
On Medical Staff At:
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Ratings and Reviews

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5.0
5.0 

437 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

March 26, 2022

5.0

Thorough care.

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March 25, 2022

5.0

Addressed the problem

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March 23, 2022

5.0

She clearly explains any issues and lays out a treatment plan. Very thorough

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March 23, 2022

5.0

Knowledgeable and explained options well.

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March 23, 2022

5.0

Dr. Desai explained my condition thoroughly. She took her time and answered the questions I had.

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March 20, 2022

5.0

A caring doctor, who tells me all the steps I need to take for my eyes. I trust her.

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March 19, 2022

5.0

Soft spoken and thoughtful care

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March 17, 2022

5.0

She is very thorough and not in a hurry to push patients thru. Always very willing to answer questions about the issue at hand

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March 17, 2022

5.0

Provides excellent care and very knowledgeable

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March 16, 2022

5.0

She seems to know what she’s doing very well

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March 12, 2022

5.0

She performed a thorough exam, clearly explained my diagnosis and prognosis. She is thorough, pleasant, knowledgeable, patient and accessible. She is very dedicated to her patients.

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March 09, 2022

5.0

The doctor takes time to explain everything to the patient and makes sure they understand

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March 08, 2022

5.0

Same as above: good information, allowing for good decision

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March 07, 2022

5.0

Dr. Desai has great professional and patient interface (used to be called bedside, I think) manners.

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March 07, 2022

5.0

Pleasant, professional, and helpful

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February 28, 2022

5.0

She was very thorough and knowledgeable and didn’t rush me and got me in today to be sure all was ok and to diagnose what I had.

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February 24, 2022

5.0

Dr. Desai is a very smart and efficient professional Doctor. I am very lucky I have her knowledge with diabetic retina edema. Dr Dasai explains things very well and provides you with options. I trust her judgement!

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February 21, 2022

5.0

Very professional and explains everything so well

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February 20, 2022

5.0

The dr is patient and explains everything very well. She makes sure you know that she is there for you at any time if you have concerns or questions. She shows she cares about the health of your eyes/vision.

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February 19, 2022

5.0

Knows her stuff. Provides excellent care

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February 19, 2022

5.0

Muy profesional

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February 18, 2022

5.0

She is awesome.

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February 16, 2022

5.0

Confident, caring. Encouraging

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February 16, 2022

5.0

Intelligent and personable.

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February 10, 2022

5.0

Great communication highly personable exudes confidence.

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February 08, 2022

5.0

She was very informative and responsive to my concerns.

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February 02, 2022

5.0

her qualities are excellent and admired by her staff.

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January 31, 2022

5.0

professional, knowledgable, communicates very well, cares.

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January 30, 2022

5.0

I think Dr. Desai gives her best to her patients, this is why I am comfortable referring her.

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January 28, 2022

5.0

She seems highly skilled, explains everything in terms I can understand, and has a great bedside manner.

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January 27, 2022

5.0

Very professional and knowledgeable.

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January 23, 2022

5.0

Dr. Desai had full explanations and her expertise was very apparent. She made me feel comfortable that my eye care was in the best of hands.

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January 22, 2022

5.0

She is knowledgeable and explains what she sees concerning my eyes yet is caring.

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January 22, 2022

5.0

She explained everything to me going forward and was a kind and friendly person.

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January 21, 2022

5.0

Dr explained all instructions on my treatment and discuss my options for future treatments.

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January 19, 2022

5.0

She’s the best!

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January 17, 2022

5.0

Dr. Desai is great. She is always helpful, explaining what she is doing and why she is doing it. She makes me feel like I am in the best hands possible.

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January 15, 2022

5.0

Excellent care

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January 13, 2022

5.0

Excellent physician!

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January 10, 2022

5.0

Dr Desai is the best ophthalmologist I have ever seen. She takes the time to ask if you have any issues and is very clear on the treatment she will provided

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December 29, 2021

5.0

Explains and answers questions.

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December 22, 2021

5.0

Took time to explain everything to me ! Nothing was rushed , extremely personable Dr

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December 20, 2021

5.0

Professional and informed me of my condition in detail.

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December 19, 2021

5.0

Very competent.

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December 12, 2021

5.0

the MOMENT YOU walk through the door you are treated with respect, dignity and positive comments. Dr. Desia is the greatest.

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December 11, 2021

5.0

Provides excellent care. Answers all my questions

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December 07, 2021

5.0

Dr. Desai was very thorough and explained everything very clear and precisely. She was friendly and knowledgeable.

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December 06, 2021

5.0

She takes the time to answer my questions and concerns.

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December 02, 2021

5.0

Diagnosis fully explained and treatment options. Questions answered. Felt like I was treated with concern.

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December 01, 2021

5.0

Dr. Desai was clear in her continuing evaluation of my issues and most responsive to all of my questions. I will always be grateful.

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November 30, 2021

5.0

Wonderful doctor, warm and caring. Excellent care

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November 29, 2021

5.0

Dr Desai takes the time to explain the treatment she is providing as well as the reasons for the care

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November 21, 2021

5.0

Dr. Desai takes her time to be attentive to her patient assessments and patient education. I am so thankful for her skillful eyes!

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November 21, 2021

5.0

Kind, knowledgeable, efficient.

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November 18, 2021

5.0

I had other doctor before her and she is much better in her technique

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November 18, 2021

5.0

She is Excellent in every way.

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November 17, 2021

5.0

Her broad knowledge & depth of experience was exceptional! Her recommendations to return for f/u were reassuring. She also concurred with a pending dx test & consult. Very impressed!

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November 17, 2021

5.0

Very competent and personable

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November 14, 2021

5.0

Very good explanation and proper direction

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November 12, 2021

5.0

She is extremely competent and compassionate.

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November 10, 2021

5.0

Intelligent communicates personable professional cares knows her field

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November 10, 2021

5.0

She explains everything thoroughly and in a way I can understand. Answers all my questions and doesn't rush through visit.

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November 09, 2021

5.0

I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Desai. I feel very lucky to have found her.

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November 07, 2021

5.0

Very knowledgeable and has experience with my particular issue.

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November 04, 2021

5.0

Very complete work up . Checking and rechecking pertinent medical history Great communication and review of results. Clear care plan and decisive followup. Took the time to explain what maybe going on. Professional demeanor and excellent coordination with other HCP

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November 02, 2021

5.0

Takes the time to answer questions

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November 02, 2021

5.0

Consummate professional

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November 01, 2021

5.0

Dr. Desai is outstanding in her knowledge of retinas. I absolutely love that she is passionate about research! Doctors like Dr. Desai help to move medicine to the next highest level!

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October 31, 2021

5.0

Very informative

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October 31, 2021

5.0

She was very professional, concerned and listen to my concerns.

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October 29, 2021

5.0

Highly professional !

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October 28, 2021

5.0

Very good and very caring. Excellent with coordinating with other present and past doctors. Easy to talk to, and never feel rushed.

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October 28, 2021

5.0

She’s the best! Feel very confident when I am in her care. I actually enjoy my appointments!

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October 27, 2021

5.0

Very smart and knowledgeable.

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October 25, 2021

5.0

Dr. Desai explained why I was there, and everything in great detail, exactly what they were looking for, and why it was so important. She was very knowledgeable and extremely thorough.

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October 25, 2021

5.0

Excellent!

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October 22, 2021

5.0

Dr Deasai is in my opinion one of the best physicians I've encountered over 70 years . She has a skillset and demeaner that ever physician should have regardless of specialty. I'm happy to know that she has gained many patients and will stay in lake forest for ever.

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October 20, 2021

5.0

good through exam and explanation

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October 19, 2021

5.0

Excellent customer service, knowledgeable and helpful/positive.

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October 18, 2021

5.0

Dr Desai make you. very comfortable and takes all the time you need to have your questions answered.

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October 16, 2021

5.0

Dr. Desai is always ready to listen and explain whatever issues I am dealing with at the time. She is knowledgeable and that's a plus for me.

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October 13, 2021

5.0

She explains everything well and is very considerate towards her patients.

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October 11, 2021

5.0

She was very thorough and explained my circumstances in a way I could understand

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October 10, 2021

5.0

Explained well and very likable!

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October 06, 2021

5.0

Thorough and highly competent, yet gave me clear explanations and patient answers to my questions.

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October 05, 2021

5.0

Dr. Desai is very professional, along with giving explanations about procedures. She is kind, does not make me feel rushed. Excellent care.

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September 28, 2021

5.0

She does an excellent job of explaining the. medical condition and future plans for patient. The patient's best interests are always taken into consideration by the physician.

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September 26, 2021

5.0

Dr. Desai explains to her patients their options and how to be alert for changes in vision.

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September 25, 2021

5.0

Dr Desai was very thorough and professional in her exam with me. Her plan for moving forward was very reassuring. I look forward to seeing her again.

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September 24, 2021

5.0

KNOWLEDGEABLE, EXCELLENT COMMUNICATOR, TRULY CARING PERSON

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September 23, 2021

5.0

Exelente doctora nos explico todo detalladamente muy profesional

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September 21, 2021

5.0

She was thorough with her her explanation of her diagnoses.

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September 16, 2021

5.0

She’s the best

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September 16, 2021

5.0

She is Very caring and skilled in her treatment

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September 14, 2021

5.0

Explaining everything with care

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September 13, 2021

5.0

Very thorough and so professional!

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September 09, 2021

5.0

She was professional and personable.

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September 09, 2021

5.0

She is caring and patiently explains everything to you and answers all of your questions and concerns. Very thorough examination by her and her staff.

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September 08, 2021

5.0

The doctor addressed and explained all of my concerns. She was attentive and caring.

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September 03, 2021

5.0

she the best and very understanding of fear

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Disclosures

Ria Dirghayu Desai, MD reported no external professional relationships for calendar year 2021.

External Professional Relationships

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