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Rajen U. Desai, M.D.

Rajen Desai MD

Rajen Desai, MD, FACS, is a board certified cataract and glaucoma surgeon with the Santamaria Eye Center.

Dr. Desai graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. with honors from Stanford University, followed by a M.D. from the Stanford School of Medicine, with an extra year of training in ophthalmology clinical research. He served as 2nd Lieutenant and pilot in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol in Texas, followed by residency, chief residency, and glaucoma fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago.

With over 19 years of experience in vision research, Dr. Desai has produced over 50 peer-reviewed publications and presentations across the country. In 2007, he served as Study Co-Chair for Genentech on innovating treatments for improved ocular surgical outcomes. In 2012, Dr. Desai earned the single highest score in the country on the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Program glaucoma section. In 2013, he earned the Society of Heed Fellows Award, one of only 5 honorees chosen across the nation.

Dr. Desai brings the latest advances of vision research to the operating room, including laser-assisted cataract surgery, advanced technology intraocular lens implants that provide both distance and near vision, and micro-invasive glaucoma surgery. Passionate about producing excellent surgical outcomes, he received the "Patients' Choice Award", "Best Teacher of Medical Students Award", and the "2018 America's Top Ophthalmologist" award.

For his consistently high surgical success rate, he was selected as the first ophthalmologist in New Jersey to be trusted by device companies Glaukos and Allergan to implant their new generation iStent and Xen devices, respectively, in order to treat glaucoma during cataract surgery. Dr. Desai also serves as a surgical consultant for Bausch & Lomb and New World Medical.

Having operated on thousands of patients, Dr. Desai has been trusted by other physicians, optometrists, and nurses to perform cataract and glaucoma surgery on their and their own parents' eyes. Other local surgeons have chosen Dr. Desai to train them one-to-one in the operating room during cataract surgery.

Dr. Desai is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the American Glaucoma Society, the Society of Heed Fellows.

When not in the office or operating room, Dr. Desai enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, and photography.