Mihir M. Desai

Professor of Clinical Urology Director, Robotic Urologic Surgery

Areas of treatment:

Kidney Surgery: Robotic and laparoscopic radical and partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer, "Belly-button," virtually scarless surgery (LESS), Robotic pyeloplasty for UPJ obstruction
Prostate Surgery: Robotic nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy for cancer, Robotic radical prostatectomy for "high-risk" prostate cancer, Robotic "salvage" prostatectomy after failed radiation, cryotherapy or HIFU treatment, Robotic simple prostatectomy for enlarged prostate and BPH
Bladder Surgery: Robotic radical cystectomy and COMPLETELY INTRACORPOREAL neobladder and ileal conduit
Image guided surgery for kidney cancer including cryoablation and radio-frequency (RF) ablation


  • Urology


  • Department of Urology


  • English
  • Hindi

Mihir M. Desai, MD

Professor of Clinical Urology
Director, Robotic Urologic Surgery

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital

About this doctor:

Dr. Desai is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in robotic, laparoscopic and endourologic surgery. He comes to USC from the Cleveland Clinic where he completed his laparoscopic and robotic fellowship in 2003 and was appointed faculty at the Glickman Urological institute. There he was director of the Center for Endourology and the Endourology Fellowship Program. His innovative pioneering work includes novel techniques for treating uretero-pelvic obstruction, developing novel flexible robotic platforms and most recently the single-port (scarless “belly-button”) laparoscopic surgery for various urologic conditions. Dr. Desai is part of a team at USC that has the largest experience with single-port surgery in the world.
Dr Desai has received many national and international awards for his research and has been an invited faculty member to many meetings world-wide. He is on the Editorial Board of UROLOGY and is an invited reviewer to many national and international journals. Dr. Desai has over 150 papers in peer-reviewed literature and has edited two monographs.


Doctor of Medicine, MBBS, Gujarat University, 1993
Masters in Surgery, MS, Gujarat University, 1996
Diplomate National Board (GenitoUrinary Surgery), DNB, 2000


Sheth Vadilal Sarabhai General Hospital, Surgery, 1993 - 1996


Sheth Vadial Sarabhai General Hospital, Surgery, 1993 - 1996
Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital, Urology, 1996 - 1999


Cleveland Clinic, Urology, 2000 - 2001
Cleveland Clinic, Urology, 2001 - 2004


National Board of Genito-Urinary Surgery


Endourology essay contest award, 2001, 2002, 2003
Best video awards at the American Urology Association meetings, 2000 - 2009
Gold Medal awarded by Gujarat University, 1996