Rajen Desai MD 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 a B.S. from Stanford University, followed by a M.D. from the Stanford School of Medicine. He completed residency, chief residency, and glaucoma fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago.
With over 18 years of experience in vision research, Dr. Desai has produced over 40 peer-reviewed publications and presentations across the country. In 2007, he served as Study Co-Chair for Genentech on innovating treatments for improved ophthalmology surgical outcomes. In 2013, he earned the Society of Heed Fellows Award, one of only 5 honorees in 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 surgeon in New Jersey to be trusted by surgical 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 surgery consultant for 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 own parents’ eyes. Other New Jersey cataract surgeons have been trained by Dr. Desai in the operating room on how to perform microinvasive glaucoma surgery during cataract surgery.
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.