Rajen Desai, MD, FACS

Rajen Desai, MD, FACS

Ophthalmology in East Brunswick, NJ


 (732) 698-9300

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Office Hours

Monday:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Friday:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday:
Closed
Sunday:
Closed

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Additional Locations


Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care,
886 Commons Way, Building H,
Toms River, NJ

100 Menlo Park Mall,
Suite 408,
Edison, NJ

104 Market St,
Perth Amboy, NJ

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About Dr. Desai


Rajen Desai MD FACS is a board certified cataract and glaucoma surgeon with the Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care and Santamaria Eye Center.

Dr. Desai graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors from Stanford University, followed by a M.D. from Stanford Medical School, with an extra year of training in 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 20 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 an FDA clinical trial to introduce a new medication to reduce scarring after eye surgery.

Dr. Desai brings the latest advances of vision research to the operating room, including laser-assisted cataract surgery, and advanced intraocular lens implants that treat astigmatism for both distance and near vision.

For his consistently high surgical success rate, various ocular device companies often select Dr. Desai to be their first surgeon in New Jersey to introduce the least invasive and latest upgrades of surgical devices, including:

- iStent Inject: a 0.3mm titanium device used to treat open angle glaucoma

- Xen gel stent revised inserter: a 6mm soft no-stitch device used to treat glaucoma, when medications are ineffective or have intolerable side effects

- Ahmed ClearPath: a glaucoma drainage device tube shunt with less risk of double vision

- Micropulse Transscleral Laser Therapy GEN2 Probe: a glaucoma device that avoids surgical incisions

These devices reduce the eye pressure in a much safer and controlled manner than other procedures performed elsewhere in the state.

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

Passionate about producing excellent surgical outcomes, and teaching others, Dr. Desai received the "Patient's Choice Award" and the “2011 Best Teacher of Medical Students Award." In 2012, Dr. Desai achieved 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. In 2018, he earned the "America's Top Ophthalmologist" award.

Dr. Desai is 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, and the American College of Surgeons.

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

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Services Offered



Cataract surgery
Glaucoma
Minimally invasive cataract surgery
Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery

Qualifications and Experience



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Education & Training

Stanford University
Class of 2008, MD

Stanford University
B.S. with Honors and Distinction, Biological Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa, 1998 - 2002

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Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology

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Medical Licenses

NJ State Medical License
2017 - 2021

NY State Medical License
2014 - 2017

IL State Medical License
2013 - 2014

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Work Experience

Ophthalmologist
AdvantageCare Physicians
New York, NY
specialized in bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery
2014 - 2017

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Hospital Affiliations

Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center
Current Affiliation
Brick Township, NJ

CentraState Healthcare System
Current Affiliation
Freehold, NJ

Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital
Former Affiliation
New York, NY

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Awards

America’s Top Ophthalmologist
Consumer Research Council, 2018

Society of Heed Fellows Award (1 of 5 selected across the country)
Heed Ophthalmic Foundation, 2013

Best Teacher of Medical Students
Dept. Ophthalmology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2012

Lieutenant
United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, 1998

Solo Pilot
United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, 1997

Academic Achievement Award
Dept. Ophthalmology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2012

Distinguished Poster
North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society Annual Meeting, 2012

Phi Beta Kappa
Stanford University, 2002

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Professional Memberships

Society of Heed Fellows
Fellow

American Glaucoma Society
Member

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons - ASCRS
Member

American Academy of Ophthalmology - AAO
Member

American College of Surgeons - ACS
Member

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Publications



PubMed

Intravitreal ranibizumab as an adjunct for Ahmed valve surgery in open-angle glaucoma: a pilot study.
Clin. Experiment. Ophthalmol.
Desai, R. U.,Singh, K.,Lin, S. C.
3/2013

The Effect of Amblyopia on Visual-Auditory Speech Perception: Why Mothers May Say "Look At Me When I'm Talking To You"
JAMA Ophthalmol
Burgmeier R Desai RU Farner KC Tiano B Lacey R Volpe NJ Mets MB
2014 Sep 11

Trypan Blue capsulorhexis.
Ophthalmology
Smith, E.F., Desai, R.U., Schrier, A., Enriquez, B., Purewal, B.K.
7/2010

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Abstract

Exudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatment Response to Intravitreal Bevacizumab, Ranibizumab, and Photodynamic Therapy Associated with Complement Factor H and LOC387715 Genotypes.
Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Desai RU, Charalel R, Jain A, Feliciano D, Moshfeghi DM, Sanislo SR, Blumenkranz MS, Vollrath D
Fort Lauderdale, FL

IOP and Intravitreal Bevacizumab Injections.
Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Wong LJ, Desai RU
Chicago, IL

Sensitivity and Specificity of Frequency Doubling Perimetry With the Humphrey Matrix in the Detection of Homonymous Visual Field Defects.
Annual Meeting of the Assoc. for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Desai RU, Schrier A, Berg PD, Smith EF
1/1/2011
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Press Mentions



Co-Managing Glaucoma: One MD’s Experience
www.reviewofophthalmology.com · July 11, 2018
...e this new paradigm work to everyone’s benefit, we’ll pro-vide much better patient care. REVIEW Dr. Desai is a glaucoma specialist at the Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care in East Brunswick. He received...