Shaun C. Desai, M.D.

Shaun Chandra Desai, M.D.

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  • Chief of Facial Cosmetic Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Languages: English, Spanish


Bell's Palsy, Blepharoplasty, Botulinum Toxin Injections, Brow Lift, Buccal Fat Removal, Chemical Peels, Cosmetic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery of the Face, Craniofacial Injuries, Craniofacial Reconstruction, Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction, Dermabrasion, Dermal Fillers, Ear Pinning, Eyelid Malposition, Eyelid Reconstruction, Facelift, Facial Aesthetic Surgery, Facial Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Lesions, Facial Nerve Disorders, Facial Paralysis, Facial Plastic Surgery, Facial Reanimation, Facial Reconstruction, Facial Scar Revision, Facial Trauma, Microvascular Free Tissue Transfer, Mohs Surgery, Nerve Grafting, Otolaryngology (ENT), Reconstruction of Facial Skin Cancers, Revision Rhinoplasty, Rhinoplasty, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Synkinesis more

Research Interests

Advanced reconstruction of the head and neck; microvascular reconstruction; clinical outcomes of septoplasty and/ or rhinoplasty; diagnosis and management of melanoma more

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Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center

Appointment Phone: 410-616-7191
6420 Rockledge Drive
Suite 4920
Bethesda, MD 20817 map
Fax: 301-530-2650

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 410-616-7191
10803 Falls Road
Pavilion III, Suite 2500
Lutherville, MD 21093 map
Fax: 301-530-2650

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center)

Appointment Phone: 410-616-7191
601 N. Caroline St.
6th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Fax: 301-530-2650

Medical Arts Building

Appointment Phone: 410-616-7191
11085 Little Patuxent Parkway
Suite 101
Columbia, MD 21044 map


Shaun Desai, M.D., is an associate professor of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and chief of facial cosmetic surgery in the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Desai is also part of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital in the Washington D.C. and National Capital Region. Dr. Desai splits his clinical practice and sees patients in the downtown Baltimore main campus, Lutherville (Green Spring Station), and Bethesda.

Dr. Desai's practice focuses exclusively on plastic surgery of the face, head, and neck. Within the field of facial plastic surgery, his practice encompasses a broad spectrum of both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic procedures include but are not limited to, rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation surgery (facelift or browlift), eyelid surgery, facial augmentation, and wrinkle treatment (Botox, fillers, and chemical peels). Reconstructive procedures include facial trauma management, microvascular or “free-flap” reconstruction of major head and neck defects after cancer or trauma, skin cancer reconstruction after Moh’s surgery, and management of skin cancer, such as malignant melanoma.

Dr. Desai received his undergraduate and medical degree with honors at The George Washington University School of Medicine. He received an academic scholarship through an accelerated 7-year B.A./M.D. program with early acceptance to medical school from high school. Dr. Desai completed a five-year surgical residency training program in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital of Washington University in St. Louis, as well as an American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) fellowship with particular training in facial plastic and microvascular reconstruction of the head and neck. While at Washington University, Dr. Desai received the distinguished Resident Teaching Award, as voted upon by his peers. At Johns Hopkins, as the Associate Residency Program Director, he has been awarded the George Nager MD Faculty Teaching Award as voted upon by the Johns Hopkins Residents.

Dr. Desai has traveled to Peru and India several times on cleft lip and palate mission trips with the Healing the Children Non-Profit Organization. He has received numerous travel grants for his work, including grants from AAFPRS, the American Academy of Otolaryngology and the American Head and Neck Society.

Dr. Desai’s research interests include novel and advanced methods of microvascular reconstruction of the head and neck using innovative technology. He also has an interest in the diagnosis and management of malignant melanoma of the head and neck. He is also an active surgical member of the multi-disciplinary Facial Transplantation team at Johns Hopkins. He has received several research awards and grants, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Research Award; the Doris Deford Speck and George Speck, M.D., Endowed Prize in Medical Research; the AAFPRS Ben Shuster Memorial Research Award; and the distinguished AAFPRS Leslie Burnstein Research Grant, an honor given to only two residents each year. To date, he has published over 45 research articles, 9 book chapters, and solely edited his own textbook entitled, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Clinical Reference Guide.

Dr. Desai is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, as well as the Washington Metropolitan Ear, Nose, Throat Society. He is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals including, JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, Oral Oncology, Laryngoscope, and Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. more


  • Chief of Facial Cosmetic Surgery
  • Co-Fellowship Director, Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; The George Washington University School of Medicine (2009)


  • Otolaryngology; Barnes-Jewish Hospital (2014)


  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Barnes-Jewish Hospital (2015)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) (2018)
  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (Otolaryngology) (2015)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Jordan P. Sand, Shaun C. Desai, Gregory Branham. Septal Perforation Repair Using Polydioxanone Plates: A 10-Year Comparative Study. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2015; 136 (4):700-703.

Yelizaveta Shnayder, Derrick Lin, Shaun C. Desai, Brian Nussenbaum, Jordan Sand, Mark Wax. Reconstruction of the Lateral Mandibular Defect. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, 2015; 17 (5):367-373.

Shaun C. Desai, Jordan P. Sand, Jeffrey Sharon, Gregory Branham, Brian Nussenbaum. Scalp Reconstruction: An Algorithmic Approach and Clinical Review. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, 2015; 17(1): 56-66.

Shaun C. Desai, Alan Sclaroff, Brian Nussenbaum. Use of Recombinant Human Bone Morphogenic Protein 2 for Mandible Reconstruction. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. 2013; 15 (3): 204-209.

Shaun C. Desai, Arash Moradzadeh, Gregory Branham. Anatomical evidence of microbial biofilms in an alloplastic nasal implant. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 2013; 37 (2):468-471.

Activities & Honors


  • Top Doctor, Washingtonian Magazine, 2023 - 2024
  • Top Doctor, Bethesda Magazine 2021
  • Top Doctor 2023, Bethesda Magazine, 2023 - 2023
  • America's Best Plastic Surgeons 2021: Rhinoplasty, Newsweek, 2021 - 2021
  • Top Doctor: Cosmetic Surgery-Facial, Baltimore Magazine 2021
  • Leslie Burnstein Research CORE Grant, American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, 2014 - 2015
  • Excellence in Teaching: Resident Teaching Award, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine- 2014, 2014
  • Humanitarian Travel Grant Award for Cleft Lip and Palate Mission Trip, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, 2014
  • First Place, Resident Case Competition, Nose, Throat Society of St. Louis, 2012
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), Medical Honor Society, 2007
  • Research Travel Grant and Award, American Head & Neck Society (ANHS), 2008
  • Doris Deford Speck and George Speck, M.D. Endowed Prize in Medical Research, George Washington University School of Medicine, 2009
  • Carolyn L. Kuckstein AOA Research Award & Grant, Alpha Omega Alpha, 2008
  • W. Gill. Jr Research Award & Grant, George Washington University School of Medicine, 2005
  • Accelerated B.A./M.D. Academic Scholarship, George Washington University School of Medicine, 2001 - 2009


  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2009
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 2009

Professional Activities

  • Committee Member, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, AAO
  • Healing the Children, Rocky Mountain Chapter, Cleft Lip and Palate Mission Organization, 2013 - 2015

Videos & Media

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    Revision Septo-Rhinoplasty | FAQ with Dr. Shaun Desai

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    Achieving a Natural-Looking Neck Lift

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    Mohs Reconstructive Surgery: What Patients Need to Know

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    Tongue Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction | Joe’s Story

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    Combat Veteran's Complex Microsurgical Facial Reconstructive Surgery | Scott’s Story

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    Repairing Defects of the Maxilla or Midface

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Thinking About Pandemic-Era Plastic Surgery? You’re Not Alone, Vogue (12/3/2020)

Basal Cell Carcinoma and Nose Reconstruction: Jen's Story. A large and complex cancer involved half of Jen's nose, calling for expert treatment to restore her health and appearance.

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