Urvi Desai, MD

  • Neurology
  • Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine
Urvi Desai, MD
Atrium Health Provider
Accepts New Patients
Treats Only Adults


Practicing Specialties

  • Neurology
  • Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine

Clinical Interests

  • Amyloidosis
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Ataxia
  • Botulinum Toxin Injections
    • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
    • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
    • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
    • Electromyography (EMG/NCS)
    • Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD)
    • Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy
    • Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)
    • Myasthenia Gravis
    • Myopathy
    • Myotonic Dystrophy
    • Narcolepsy
    • Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV)
    • Neuromuscular Disease (ALS)
    • Peripheral Neuropathy
    • Punch Biopsy
    • Restless Leg Syndrome
    • Single-Fiber Electromyography (SFEMG)
    • Sleep Apnea
    • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA's)


  • English
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi


“I enjoy the intricacies of the nervous system and helping patients in a multifaceted way. I am thrilled to be part of a changing landscape of neuromuscular disorders with emerging immune and gene therapies.”

Dr. Desai is board certified in neurology. She specializes in neuromuscular medicine, sleep medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine and electromyography. She also focuses on neuromuscular and sleep disorders including muscular dystrophies, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, myasthenia gravis, inflammatory myopathies, autonomic neuropathies and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), as well as sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome and narcolepsy.

She is a professor of neurology at Atrium Health Neurosciences Institute - Charlotte, a facility of Carolinas Medical Center, and has received the Clinical Researcher of the Year Award from the Atrium Health Neurosciences Institute. She is the director of the Carolinas Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Care Center and a graduate of the Queens University McColl Executive Physician Leadership Institute. 

Dr. Desai received her medical degree at the Maharaja Sayajirao University. She completed a residency and a fellowship at the University of North Carolina.

She is involved in ongoing clinical research projects that investigate new therapies for neuromuscular disorders, including several that focus on myasthenia gravis. She is also principal investigator for a pivotal study in Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy 2I testing medication identified at Atrium Health.

In her free time, Dr. Desai and her husband enjoy listening to classical Indian music, reading, traveling and volunteering for philanthropic organizations.


Medical Education

  • The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda


  • The University of North Carolina, Neurology


  • The University of North Carolina, Neurology


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