Dr.Mahesh Desai obtained his medical education from B.J. Medical College, Pune University. He completed his M.S. in General Surgery from Pune University in the year 1970. He received fellowship (FRCS) from the Royal College of Surgeons of London and Edinburgh in 1973. In U.K. he obtained specialized training in Urology. He returned to his native place and started his practice at Ahmedabad. Soon he realized the importance of institutionalized treatment for various kidney diseases.
He joined hands with Dr. V.V. Desai and established Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital in a rural area Nadiad with the aim of providing most modern treatment for the common man. He is the Chairman of the Department of Urology since 1983. He became the Managing Trustee of the Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital and Honorary Managing Director of Muljibhai Patel Society for Research in Nephro-Urology since 16th February, 2001. He was the President of the Urological Society of India for the year 2006-2007. He has been elected as Chairman of Subspecialties of Society International d’Urologie (SIU). He has been nominated as the Chairman of the Scientific Committee, Endourology Society Inc. since 2007. He has been elected as President, Asian Society of Endourology since 2008. He has also nominated as the Chairman of the Endourology Education Training Site Committee of Endourology Society Inc. since 2008. He has been nominated as the Member, International Committee of American Urological Association since 2008.
He has adapted the most modern treatment for the stone disease and developed innovative techniques in Percutaenous Nephrolithotrispy (PCNL), Ureteroscopy and ESWL. So far he has done more than 6000 PCNL, probably the largest series in the world. He expanded the use of ultrasound in Urology and established the service of kidney transplantation in Gujarat. He did his first transplant in 1980, the first in Gujarat. 1768 Renal Transplants have been done so far at the institution. He has undertaken the epidemiological survey for prostatic diseases in ageing male population in Kheda / Charotar district, Gujarat, India.
He has organized successfully several conferences and workshops in India. The institute has produced 346 scientific papers, which were presented at various national and international seminars and conferences. So far he has conducted 65 workshops and 54 publications in national & international journals. His contributions based on academic and scientific activities have resulted in putting Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital as one of the premier institutes in urology not only in India but also Internationally. In recognition of its teaching program, the Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital gained recognition as a teaching institute for postgraduate studies in Nephrology and Urology by the National Board of Examinations, New Delhi, since 11th March 1993. He has been actively involved in the development and promotion of urological education. The training program has 4 students per every year. He is an examiner for the national board of examination, Bangladesh University, National University of Singapore. He was given the prestigious Dr. B.C. Roy National Award for the year 2000 in the Category of “Recognition of the best talents in encouraging the development of Specialties in different branches of Medicine” by the President of India. He is the recipient of several national and international awards such as the President’s Gold medal of Urological Society of India, President’s Gold Medal of West Zone Chapter of USI, UNO’s International Award for Medical Scientific Group in the field of Urology and “Late Dr. Piyush V. Patel Award for “Excellence in Medical Field” during the 105th Annual Day Celebration of Ahmedabad Medical Association on 24th June, 2007.
He was felicitated by the All India Journalist Association it its Annual meeting held at Nadiad on 5th June, 2005. His wide experience and skill has resulted in his being elected as the member of American Association of Genito-Urinary Surgeons. He is the first Indian to have this honor. He was the first Indian to give a Guest Lecture in the plenary session of American Urological Association’s Annual Conference held at Chicago on 30th April, 2003. He is on the editorial board of Journal of Endourology and has made valuable contributions, which have gained wide international recognition.
He is Chairman, Sub-Specialty, Society International d’Urologie. Under his leadership India hosted for the first time World Congress on Endourology in November, 2004 in Mumbai. He gave up 25 years of private practice in favor of academic and research pursuit from January, 2001.