Rajen Desai, MD, Ophthalmology, Freehold, NJ, Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center


Ophthalmology Freehold, NJ

Anterior Segment Related, Cataract Related, Glaucoma Related

Board Certified Cataract & Glaucoma Surgeon

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  • After earning a MD from the Stanford School of Medicine, Dr. Desai completed residency and a Heed glaucoma fellowship at Northwestern University. Having produced over 50 peer-reviewed publications and presentations across the country, Dr. Desai earned the 2013 Society of Heed Fellows Award, one of only 5 awarded nationally each year. As a “2018 America’s Top
    Ophthalmologist” award recipient, Dr. Desai has been regularly trusted by other doctors and nurses to perform cataract and glaucoma surgery on their own parents’ eyes. He also serves as a consultant to glaucoma microsurgical device companies Allergan and New World Medical.

Skills & Expertise

  • Glaucoma, General / Comprehensive ophthalmology, Glaucoma and related disorders, Cataract surgery, Minimally invasive cataract surgery, Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery

Education & Training

  • Stanford University School of MedicineClass of 2008, MD
  • Stanford UniversityB.S. with Honors and Distinction, Biological Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa, 1998 - 2002

Certifications & Licensure

  • NJ State Medical License
    NJ State Medical License 2017 - 2021
  • NY State Medical License
    NY State Medical License 2014 - 2017
  • IL State Medical License
    IL State Medical License 2010 - 2014
  • American Board of Ophthalmology Ophthalmology
  • AlconLenSx Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery
  • AllerganXEN gel stent certified
  • GlaukosiStent Inject certified
  • Johnson and Johnson VisionCatalys Precision Laser System cataract surgery
  • New World MedicalKahook dual blade certified

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • 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
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Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations



  • Exudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatment Response to Intravitreal Bevacizumab, Ranibizumab, and Photodynamic Therapy Associated with Complement Factor H an...
    Desai RU, Charalel R, Jain A, Feliciano D, Moshfeghi DM, Sanislo SR, Blumenkranz MS, Vollrath D, Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • IOP and Intravitreal Bevacizumab Injections.
    Wong LJ, Desai RU, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Chicago, IL
  • Sensitivity and Specificity of Frequency Doubling Perimetry With the Humphrey Matrix in the Detection of Homonymous Visual Field Defects.
    Desai RU, Schrier A, Berg PD, Smith EF, Annual Meeting of the Assoc. for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1/1/2011
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Authored Content

  • Co-managing Glaucoma: One MD’s Experience7/11/2018
  • Rediscovering the goniotomy option7/1/2018

Press Mentions

  • Co-Managing Glaucoma: One MD’s Experience
    Co-Managing Glaucoma: One MD’s ExperienceJuly 11th, 2018

Grant Support

  • Heed FellowshipHeed Ophthalmic Foundation, Society of Heed Fellows2013–2014
  • "Can Cataracts Affect Hearing? Effect of Amblyopia on Visual-Auditory Integration"Knights Templar Eye Foundation2011–2014
  • Exudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatment Response to Intravitreal Bevacizumab, Ranibizumab, and Photodynamic Therapy Associated with Complement Factor H and LOC387715 Genotypes.Stanford Medical Scholar Fund2005–2006


  • Stanford School of Medicine, Admissions Committee 2005 - 2006

Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • Gujarati

Hospital Affiliations

Industry Relationships

  • Consultant, AllerganEducating physicians about glaucoma medical therapiesDisclosure: Speakers panel2018 - Present
  • Consultant, New World MedicalGlaucoma surgical device companyDisclosure: Speakers panel2018 - Present
  • Consultant, GoreMedical device company2018 - Present
  • Study Co-Chair, GenentechRanibizumab (Lucentis) in Ahmed valve glaucoma surgeryDisclosure: Research grant recipient2006 - 2007